Real worms all the way.Just seems to get them when they won't bite. For the truth spent about everyday last week tried powerbait under a bridge didn't catch anything and today used worms nightcrawlers caught 4.
Oh stocked trout... Simply Wax Worms, Cant believe no one said that, cant believe it. They are guaranteed to out fish anything, live or artificial bait. We order them by the thousands. The Key is 5 or 6 waxies at a time on a single size 14hook its an absolute slaughter. I feel guilty.
1.5" to 2" shallow running minnow baits like the Yozuri minnows. Retrieve them by snapping the rod tip as you crank them in. Absolutely deadly on trout and I find they outfish anything else I ever use.
BTW, thanks to the cheese and corn guys for posting. It brings back fond memories of fishing with my Pap. He strictly fished minnows for trout. When he saw guys using cheese and corn he would give them a good natured ribbing by asking them why they were using their lunch for bait.