Bullhead Catfish

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Catfishing
Black Bullhead: This catfish is also known as a mud cat, black catfish, yellow belly bullhead, and horned pout.-Missouri Department of Conservation.

Black Bullhead: This catfish is also known as a mud cat, black catfish, yellow belly bullhead, and horned pout.-Missouri Department of Conservation.

The Bullhead Catfish is the catfish with the widest distribution in the United States.  It is home in much of the central part of the country.  Not much of a fighting fish, it can be taken with relatively light gear.   It is most common in stained water to muddy water.  They are extremely hardy and can tolerate low oxygen levels, cold and dirty water.  They do not get very big.  At six years of age a common Bullhead Catfish is about 10 to 14 inches in length and only 2 to 3 lbs.  With dark barbels and a square tail, this catfish has a gold to green sheen on the sides.  The top is dark grey to black.  This is the hardiest of catfish and will be here after all the rest are gone.  You can catch these on worms, cut bait, livers, shrimp, dough bait and cheese.

 

 

 

 

 

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