Bullhead, Bullhead Catfish, Catfish
Average 6 – 12 inches.
1.75 lbs; John E. Moore; Mud Lake, Skagit County; June 29, 1998
Black Bullheads are less common than Brown Bullheads in Washington. They are hard to distinguish from brown bullheads, with external differences being limited mainly to the darkness of the chin barbels and lack of barbs on the pectoral spines.
Only known to exist in a few lakes in Washington, but also reported to inhabit the mid-Columbia, lower Yakima, and Snake Rivers.
Like other catfish, bullheads are omnivorous, eating almost anything that is available. Almost all food is taken on or near the bottom. Their excellent olfactory sense makes baits with a strong odor particularly effective. Popular baits include worms, chicken, beef, or any kind of liver. Serious catfish anglers often have their own secret bait concoctions, the smellier the better. A rod or cane pole, line, bobber and bait are usually all the tackle required. Bullheads also make excellent table fare; many anglers consider catfish taken from cool, clean water to be the ultimate in piscatorial cuisine. The fish are normally skinned, at which a little practice is required to become proficient. Any bullhead over 12 inches is a good-sized one, so expect to work for a family meal.