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Would you like to catch more bullheads? Do you want to be more successful fishing for bullheads? Bullheads are abundant, tasty, and a favorite for anglers. Bullheads are one of the most popular “small” game fish in the United States. In this article, we share bullhead fishing to help you take more bullheads home.
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Types Of Bullheads
There are three types of bullheads. They are yellow bullhead, brown bullhead, and black bullhead.
1. Yellow Bullhead
The yellow bullhead is a medium-sized catfish with a yellowish coloration on its side. It is the biggest of the bullheads in the United States and weighs about 1 to 2 pounds. It features a more rounded tail fin than the other types of bullheads.
2. Brown Bullhead
The brown bullhead is also a medium-sized catfish that features a brown back, tan-to-light brown side, and a white belly. It weighs between a half pound to 2 pounds. It also features a rounded tail fin.
3. Black Bullhead
The black bullhead is the most aggressive bullhead and is more apt to attack lures and live minnows. It can weigh up to 2 pounds.
Tips For Fishing Bullheads
1. Blueheads live along the bottoms of lakes, slow-moving streams, and quiet backwaters and travel in schools.
2. On a windy day, bobbers will lift the bait off the bottom and away from the bullhead. Therefore, bobbers are not the best choice for bullheads.
3. Use a 6-pound test line and small hooks for bullheads.
4. You can use nightcrawlers, angel worms, leeches, and minnows for bait.
5. When fishing for bullheads, fish near or on the bottom. Use a small sinker to take your bait to the bottom.
6. A light tackle with a 4- to the 8-pound line will work for bullheads.
7. Hook sizes ranging from 4 to 1/0 will do the job when fishing for bullheads.
8. Use very sharp hooks with the points exposed. It will result in more hookups.
9. When you are fishing directly on the bottom without a float, always let the bullhead start moving away before you strike. Bullheads like to hold on to the bait, letting the angler reel them in, and then at the last second, they spit out the bait.
10. Always take many hooks on your bullhead fishing trips. Bullheads have a habit of swallowing hooks. It will be easier to retrieve the hook when you are cleaning the fish at home. You can also use small circle hooks that hook the bullhead in the corner of the mouth which can easily be removed.
11. Bullheads are more active at night when they feed. Fishing them at night can be very productive. Target the deep holes in creeks, backwater areas on rivers, weed bed edges, boat docks, humps, and long points.
12. If it is legal to use chum in your area, you can use it to attract bullheads.
13. Bullheads can’t resist a wiggly blown-up worm. Use a “worm blower” to inflate the worm with air. This lifts the worm up and makes it more visible to the bullheads. The sinker will rest at the bottom while the worms are wriggling high resulting in more strikes from the fish.
14. Soak your worms in pickled beet juice for some hours. This gives the worms a red color that makes them more attractive. Additionally, it toughens the worms which makes them harder to get them off the hook.
15. Bullheads have a very good sense of smell and taste. This ability works both in favor of the angler and against him. You can use the great sense of smell to your advantage by allowing the bullhead to find your scented bait. However, it can work against the angler if bullheads detect any amount of gas, oil, insect repellant, or sunscreen that made contact with the bait. Use latex gloves before working with the bait.
16. Bullheads will move away and hide when a shadow crosses the water. They conclude that the shadow is made by a predator that is close by. Anglers who fish in muddy waters don’t take this seriously as fish don’t see well in muddy waters. However, if you fish in clear water during the day, you will have a tough time catching bullheads when fishing beneath your boat.
17. Bullheads can also be caught in the winter. They will move to deeper water when the water temperature drops. Use a rig baited with chicken liver and drop it into the hole. Let it reach the bottom and then crank the reel handle so the bait is a foot above the bottom. This will attract bullheads.
18. The best times to fish for bullheads are just before sunset and before sunrise. Low-light hours have proven to be the best conditions for bullhead fishing.
19. Bullheads like stationary water; therefore areas with water currents will not have bullheads. You can usually find bullheads in water that is less than 10 feet deep. On the hottest days, you can still find bullheads in shallow water as they can withstand warmer water temperatures and lower oxygen levels than other species of fish.
21. Bullheads have very sharp pectoral and dorsal fin spines. Be careful when you handle bullheads. Always grip the bullhead around the pectoral spines and position your hand to avoid the dorsal spine. Always have a towel to use as a barrier between your hand and the bullhead.
22. Small bullheads will be found up to 10 feet in water supplied by storm drains. To fish for these small bullheads, cast as far into the drain as you possibly can.
Live Bait For Bullheads
The Bottom Line
Bullheads are one of the most popular targets for anglers. They are abundant, easy to catch, and tasty. They will eat almost anything they come across. In this article, we share bullhead fishing tips acquired over a long career of bullhead fishing to help you take more home whether you are a beginner or an experienced angler.