Simply put, waxies and wigglers are worms. Waxies is another name for waxworms and wigglers are another name for nightcrawlers and other big wiggly worms.
While many of these worms are not commonly found in a trout's environment, they still love them (and so do other game fish). There are over 4,000 types of worms, and trout love them all.
Some of the worms used most often by trout anglers include, nightcrawlers, red worms, waxworms, and mealworms. Mealworms are favorite in my family. We've all caught countless trout and other fish using mealworms.
Many anglers dig up earthworms out of their own gardens to use for bait. Kids love digging up worms! Worms need moist soil to survive, so they'll often be found under big rocks and other structures that help keep the soil damp. Lay a board down in your garden and pour dishwater over it and you'll attract even more worms.
But for those of us who don't have gardens, another option is to buy worms at a local bait and tackle store on your way to the lake or river. Even Wal-mart sells worms for fishing.
But buying worms can get expensive - especially if you fish a lot. You can easily spend a couple hundred dollars a year buying worms. Of course, it's not always easy to find time to stop by the store.
Another option is to rear your own worms - which gives you an unlimited supply of live bait for the rest of your life! Buy them once, and you'll never have to buy worms again (assuming you care for them properly. Kids love worm farms and enjoy raising their own fishing bait.
If you're interested in starting own worm farm, check out the Worm Man. This site sells a large variety of worms including (waxies and wigglers) as well as other things trout like to eat (including, crickets, spikes, and crayfish). You can start your own worm farm today!