Do you love big bluegill?
I have caught two bullheads up to now, as far as I remember. This is as opposed to bluegills etc, of which I have caught probably hundreds.
My first bullhead was as a kid. My uncle had a stream through his farm, and there was a 8-10 ft waterfall, with a hole at the bottom of it. I must have had a bobber on either a cane pole or a Zebco closed-face reel. And I caught a "yellow-bellied catfish" that I now know was a bullhead of some kind.
And this past Fall I caught a bullhead on Pohick Bay off the Potomac in VA. I had a grub worm (real, not plastic) from my compost pile, that I was fishing off the bottom. It's not a big bullhead, but that's all I've got so far.
Looking at YouTube, there are places where bullheads are as easy to catch as bluegill. This guy, for example:
And I can't find it right now, but I saw a video of a bullhead tournament where a lake was so overrun with bullhead that they had a contest where people weighed in their bullhead catch by the bucket, and dumped them into a huge bin. I hope they did something useful with all that fish in the end.
Anyway, I'd like to find a spot where they are that heavy. It would be fun!
Heres a nice SC bullhead I landed a few years ago. Didn't see this one coming, myself. Most bullheads Ive seen are small little grunts:
I gotta say, bullhead are not pretty. But if they're biting, you can't complain!
the lake i lived on during the summers... the lake association did the same thing held contests for carp, bullheads and small panfish. it made a significant dent in the population. the bullhead was deemed the number one pred in the system. we later brought in walleye and it seems walleye love to eat small bullies. soon everything was back in balance and we ended up with alot of football shaped walleyes.
Interesting Slip! I didn't know a favorite Walleye meal was a small Bull head . I always thought . Perch, BUT ,it makes sense if Walleyes like feeding on bottom much of the time that Bullheads would be on their expected menu!