I use cut bait in both lakes and rivers. I try to use whatever is natural to the body of water I am fishing whether it be shad, skipjack or sunfish.
Back in the 80s I used to use BJ's catfish bait along with bluegills. Had pretty good success. I have not ran trout lines since the 90's. I sure do miss it though.I always liked live bait. I really preffered eating flathead.