Identifying Bullhead & Catfish
Channel catfish have deeply forked tails; bullheads do not. Bullhead are
typically a stockier fish, rounded tail and head. There are something like 27
different species of catfish in the U.S. You can cook them any way you like.
Frying is usually the easiest because most of these fish are rather small. Most
fishermen skin them, cut the head and tail off, remove entrails, clean, and
throw in the fryer whole. Here's a much easier way to clean
catfish! If you catch them out of clear, hard-bottom streams or lakes, they
usually taste better.
The Bullhead Catfish is the most common member of the catfish family. Catfish
are named for the long feelers on their faces that look like cat whiskers.
Bullheads are brown above and yellow below. They can grow to twenty inches long.
All catfish have sharp barbs on their pectoral fins that inject poison when they
jab an enemy. To people, catfish "stings" are no worse than insect
bites. Remember, it is their fin barbs that sting, not their whiskers.
Bull head catfish will eat anything from snails to aquatic plants. They
rarely come near the surface and, because of their muddy coloring, are hard to
detect in the water. But in the spring thousands of spawning bullheads can
be seen crowding the shallow of lake-feeding streams. Here the females lay
their eggs in a sand nest. The males fertilize the eggs. Both males
and females guard the eggs and also the hatched fry. Then the father takes
charge and teaches the baby bullheads how to find food and avoid danger.
Bullhead & Catfish Information Resources
How to Clean Catfish & Bullhead
Catfish Bullhead Fish Cleaning Testimonials
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