Yellow Bullhead: Ameirus natalis


Similar to brown bullhead but with light colored chin barbels and, usually, lighter overall coloration.


The habitat is variable and includes vegetated areas of clear, shallow lakes, reservoirs, ponds, and slow-flowing streams. They are more tolerant of polluted environments than most other members of the catfish family.


Though scavengers, yellow bullheads prefer to feed on minnows, snails, shrimp and crayfish.

Additional Information

State Record:  5.05 pounds.

Big Catch minimum:  14 inches or 1.5 lbs.

Fishing Tips and Facts: Easy to catch on cut bait, live worms, crickets, doughballs and a wide variety of natural and prepared bait.

Image Credit: Duane Raver, Jr.

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