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During this summer when I fish 3 times a week, I saw this fish in the water near the shore wriggling around. A little earlier that day I had seen a couple baby bass about that size, but this looked different. It was dark, and after closer inspection I saw it was a bullhead. I got my cast net and pulled it in. Its only had half a tail and had ugly patches all over its body. I knew it was diseased, but it was the first bullhead I saw in the stream. I don't know anything about the bullhead population in this body of water but I want to try catching them for fun. It is a creek that averages about 60 feet wide and goes to 8 feet deep in places. Here's my question - where do I find them? I read about using nightcrawlers for bait but where are they?

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I always do my best for them in small creeks fishing in root wads. THe bigger the tangle of roots the more it holds. Get back in the nasty stuff as far as you can. I usually use a crappie jig baited with a chunk of nightcrawler. no bobber. just jig is slowly.
 

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I don't know but I really don't like bullheads, personally, I think they smell the worst of any fish....even pogy(ie?)...
 

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That is one ugly fish. I despise bullheads, but if you must catch them, you should probably use nightcrawlers. I would like to say throw them all on the bank, but that would not be nice.
 

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I think your success will depend on the dominant species of fish in the creek. If there are a lot of bass then there is likely to be less bullhead. Nightcrawlers and liver work great but you'll want a smaller hook in order to catch them consistently. I don't know the exact size of hook that I use, but its a little bigger than what I use for bream (bluegill) or a little bigger than the size of hook you'll find on a fly. In the creek that I catch bullhead in, I'll just put on the bait and twitch it for a second then stop, then repeat this in an area where the water is deep enough for them to take cover. Like I said though, if they are not the dominant species of fish they will more likely be taking cover in safer areas than right off the bank. If you can find submerged logs or weed patches try those areas. I hope this helps you brother.
 

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That is one ugly fish. I despise bullheads, but if you must catch them, you should probably use nightcrawlers. I would like to say throw them all on the bank, but that would not be nice.

don't do that, use them for flathead bait-they are the best bait for big flatheads in the world!
 

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Man bullheads are very tasty and I never noticed a difference in smell from any other catfish wanna talk SMELLY thats the baracuda nasty stinky fish!!! I always catch them in a local lake after dark on a small piece of cut bait brim works the best for me...
 

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I use a long shank cricket hook, a small splitshot and night crawler, bacon and liver. I catch most of my bullheads in a shallow water without a lot of current.
 

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I used to use sliced hotdog pieces on a treble hook to catch them in a small pond by my house. It was the only type of cat that was in there. Worked pretty well as I remember. Also caught about a 4lb bass on the hotdog reeling in once too.
 

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I used to eat bullheads,or mudcat as we called them when I was a kid.Thats the only kind of catfish that was in the pond we fished in.Nowdays I only use them for bait.But to catch them I use a size 1 hook and nightcrawlers and fish on the bottom.
 

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During this summer when I fish 3 times a week, I saw this fish in the water near the shore wriggling around. A little earlier that day I had seen a couple baby bass about that size, but this looked different. It was dark, and after closer inspection I saw it was a bullhead. I got my cast net and pulled it in. Its only had half a tail and had ugly patches all over its body. I knew it was diseased, but it was the first bullhead I saw in the stream. I don't know anything about the bullhead population in this body of water but I want to try catching them for fun. It is a creek that averages about 60 feet wide and goes to 8 feet deep in places. Here's my question - where do I find them? I read about using nightcrawlers for bait but where are they?

Here's a pic of the bullhead:
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I'm pretty sure it's not diseased. It looks more like it's been getting some
During this summer when I fish 3 times a week, I saw this fish in the water near the shore wriggling around. A little earlier that day I had seen a couple baby bass about that size, but this looked different. It was dark, and after closer inspection I saw it was a bullhead. I got my cast net and pulled it in. Its only had half a tail and had ugly patches all over its body. I knew it was diseased, but it was the first bullhead I saw in the stream. I don't know anything about the bullhead population in this body of water but I want to try catching them for fun. It is a creek that averages about 60 feet wide and goes to 8 feet deep in places. Here's my question - where do I find them? I read about using nightcrawlers for bait but where are they?

Here's a pic of the bullhead:
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It looks more like evidence of brooding rituals than disease.
 

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Yup, male showing the stress and damage from spawning season.
Fine eating if you know how to prepare them right. They tend to have more yellow fat around the base of the dorsal fins than other cats. Trim all of that away then give them a soak in buttermilk for at least an hour before breading and frying.
 
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