Bullhead, brown
(Ameiurus nebulosus)
(Lesueur, 1819); ICTALURIDAE FAMILY
The brown bullhead is native to the eastern U.S.A. (both sides of the Appalachians) and southern Canada, but has been widely introduced elsewhere. It occurs in larger and deeper waters than other bullheads.
The “brown” bullhead may vary from yellow brown or chocolate brown to olive, gray, or bluish black. The sides are often lighter and may be mottled with brown blotches. The belly is yellow or white. Very round brown bullheads are jet black and are often mistakenly believed to be black bullheads (A. melas). Color is an undependable distinguishing characteristic at best and it is important to observe other physical characteristics in order to make a positive identification. The brown bullhead and the yellow bullhead (A. natalis) have sharp, tooth like serrations along the rear edge of the pectoral spine at the top of the pectoral fin. The black bullhead lacks any such serrations or has only extremely weak serrations that are negligible by comparison. In the brown and black bullheads, the tail is squarish (truncate) or slightly emarginate, while in the yellow bullhead it is slightly rounded. The brown bullhead is frequently mottled while the yellow is never mottled and its chin barbels are yellow, buff, or pale pink in color (the upper barbels are light to dark brown). In the brown bullhead all of the barbels are dark brown to nearly black, but in some cases there may be pale yellow or white at the base only of the chin barbels.
It is small at around 5 lb (2.27 kg), but is an extremely popular panfish. The meat is firm, reddish to pink, and of excellent quality and taste. It is also a popular fish stocked in farm ponds
 

Current All Tackle Record

7 lbs 6oz ( kg)

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