Big Bullheads!

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Outdoors4life
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Big Bullheads!
<p>Since it came up on another post I figured it deserved it&#39;s own thread!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There are lakes that grow large bullheads. I used to fish bullheads all the tiem since my Great Grandmother loved eating bullheads, buffalo, and carp. I have caught many bullheads over 3 pounds but have not been able to find the pics since most were when I was young. Back in 06 I did a lot of bullhead fishing and caught 2 over 2 pounds and a buddy of mine also did. The pics are not that great but the one my buddy got was 2 Lbs 9 oz and mine was 1 ounce from 3 pounds.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa78/aaronbye/BullheadBrown9-2-06_zpscf5c5ed6.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 533px;" /></p> <p><br /> <img alt="" src="http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa78/aaronbye/kalbullhead_zpsee9c678c.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /></p>
Professor Fish
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Do you have any measurements

Do you have any measurements with those guys weights? All the lake data is usually in inches.

 

Outdoors4life
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Early days of pounds

Back then I weighed everything and took no lengths. I got more into caring about lengths that year but only recorded the weights. I think length and girth is a better wayof keeping track.

 

It has been a couple years since I fished that lake and caught large bullheads but I can look at the data and see what they say the max length caught was.

 

*edit*

Lake shows no Brown Bullheads! But we know they are there. One "Black" was between 15-19 inches though.

12 inch yellow is about 1 pound but they get heavy fast like cats

A weight table that seems a little optomistic to me.

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:Qx0Js-JrbFYJ:fishandboat.com/images/pages/fishin1/weightlength3.pdf+&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESg58RcNPbyj7tu9KzTjr557nGclcxrG2m6JrplJwFtx1znagJe2ibh4huEwWXDLj5uOafwCHVFlUnqLgUM4418GVjAh36lbmerqnSxqfdoE-yH1FIsjd9Wd-aRZ8wHHXtwUnApF&sig=AHIEtbTYtmVYvEnaruD4YQlIhq_W6zvZ6A

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Muskymags
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Thats what I'm wondering?

I can go to many spots and on any given night catch numerous Bullheads, but the largest I've ever caught or even seen caught was maybe 3/4# to maybe a pound.  Obviously certain lakes/rivers have better habitat condusive to raise larger sized fish, but there never seems to be a large population of large ones, just a few freakshows from time to time.  The largest I ever caught was from Waverly Lake west of the cities.  We used to get a ton of Bullheads out of there, it was a Black, but out of the many none ever came close to the few I've seen on here.

 

I'm trying to compare similarities with say a Bluegill.  If a Bluegill lake is left unmolested the Bluegills average size gets up there and you can go out and catch numerous large Gills.  Now everyone and their brother loves to catch large Gills and sadly many of these lakes are discovered and raped, hence the hardness to find truely Bull Gills.

 

With Bullheads on the otherhand, probably more lakes and ponds have more Bullheads than Gills and with the very low population of anglers who actually target them.....The numbers seem that there should be more larger ones being caught.  It gotta be an overpopulation=stunted growth thing.  We know they can get big, but more often than not their smaller.

Outdoors4life
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Tactics will change.....

if you fish with crawlers you will get lots of smaller fish. Think big bait big bulls!

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Eli
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Biggest I can recall was 1

Biggest I can recall was 1.5lbs and I thought that was a big bully. The one you're holding is an absolute tank.

I think this spring, instead of crawlers, I'll throw a sizeable chunk of cutbait into a known bullhead spot and see what comes up.

Eli

 

 

Jason E.
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I love to catch big bullheads

I love to catch big bullheads. I love nightfishing and, for some reason, I enjoy catching fish that others dislike.  Also, bullheads have saved many a trip from "skunksville" over the years, esp. on those cold spring or fall days when fish are sluggish.  Once I found a fairly reliable way to get swallowed hooks out, catching bullheads became much less of a pain in the butt than it used to be when I was young(er).  A large bullhead on ultralight tackle will put up a major battle. 

For me, a key factor in bullhead size is the quality and size of the body of water.  Larger lakes and flowages tend, as a general rule, to have bigger bullheads.  Smaller ponds, especially those without healthy populations of predatory fish (such as channel cats, northern pike, etc.) tend to have small or even stunted bullheads.  Also, of course, bodies of water with yellow bullheads are usually better than those with high concentrations of black bullheads.  I would say that bait size makes a slight difference (I tend to catch bigger bullheads on larger minnows or whole nightcrawlers) but I've also caught plenty of decent fish on small baits, including waxworms and pieces of garden worm.