Bullheads love muddy
bottoms and mud flats and are most active at night.
During the early part of the season like right now, the
rivers are churning up the bottoms and making it murky
allowing for daytime catches. But for the best bullhead
fishing, I would recommend sundown on into the early
evening hours. At such times, these fish wander over the
flats seeking food.
There are a number of
ways to catch bullheads, beginning with the ordinary
pole and line and ending with the trot or set-line. But
in doing this fishing it's best to keep in mind that
bullheads are bottom feeders, they prefer to find their
food lying upon the bottom of the lake or pond rather
than suspended a few inches or feet above the bottom. A
bait just resting upon the bottom will attract them more
quickly and will yield greater returns for time spent
Bullheads may be taken
from the shore or bank as easily as from a boat and by
means of the same tackle; only here the hand-line
becomes a throw or set-line and may well carry several
hooks instead of one (where this type of fishing is
permitted under your fishing-laws.) Fasten one end to a
stout stake or tree root and to the other a weight of
iron, stone or lead sufficient to carry it out well into
the feeding grounds. Attach the hooks by means of a
short line; say six inches in length, to the main or
throw-line and about fourteen inches apart. Bait up and
throw out-and wait. Since the fish hook themselves one
may frequently secure several at one haul in this
manner. Just outside the fringe of weeds along the
margins of our northern lakes is perfect water for this
type of fishing, and several night-lines of this kind
will keep anyone supplied with choice bullheads.
It doesn't matter what
fishing tackle is used as long as the bait can reach the
bottom. For shallow water fishing there is nothing
better than an ordinary fishing rod, either with or
without a float. For deep water fishing, a hand-line is
most frequently used. The only thing necessary to
remember is to allow the bait to settle to the bottom
and then wait for the two or three sharp tugs that tell
of an interested fish.
The bullhead is very
accommodating in his bait choices. Bullheads have a big
mouth; hence, the angler may use a fair sized hook, one
that will handle a fair amount of bait to advantage.
Hooks running from No.2 to about No.1/0 will be right,
depending somewhat upon the size of the fish to be
taken. On the whole a No.1 will be a perfect choice for
general work as it's small enough for most fish and
large enough to hold a large night-crawler or two.
The earthworm and
night-crawler are by far the best bait, but cut chicken
livers, minnows, pieces of fish, and crayfish tails are
all good baits for bullheads; but on the whole, worms
and night-crawlers will be the fisherman's' best bets.
Only three things need
to be remembered in bullhead fishing: Seek mud flats
near vegetation, fish on the bottom and at night.