Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
bobbymalone

Bullheads

11 posts in this topic

I have been having a terrible time catching bullheads this year. I live in the SE metro and most of my spots are really low and SUPER weedy. I usually fish smaller lakes/ponds, pretty shallow with a deeper hole of maybe 15-25 feet

Where are the bullheads at right now? In the shallows, the weeds, or out in the middle of the lake?

I am thinking about trying from my canoe but I don't want the hassle just to catch a handful of bullheads.

Moore's is great, in a pinch, but hate I paying for bullheads when I can easily get them for free as long as I am fishing for something else. grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My bullheads spots have really slowed. As of late I have been catching them by the weeds in the shallows.

The last few trips out I have caught next to nothing. They could be about in their spawming stage.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know what will shut my bullhead spots down very quick. Northerns wink If they move in the bullies move out. Got six of them in one spot last week and only a half dozen bullies. I get a northern in my of my spots I am done and gone from now on tell they move out. Best thing at this point is inform the local bait shop(s) of an awesome northern bite at your bully spot. Hopefully they will get picked out by some word of mouth angling.

It could be the tail end of the spawn for them also like LH said. I read some where’s that both the male and female tend to the nest for about a week until the young hatch.

Either way the white suckers are still biting good in deeper holes in small creeks and rivers that hold them. River rig and a long crawler seems to be the choice going now.

The next couple days will be catching up on some needed bullies though. Good luck and hope you find them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My ponds are really shallow too. I got 21 nice ones yesterday but I had to work for 2 hours to get them. Lots of weeds where I fish too and it was a hassle working in and around the weeds. I was fishing a 1/8 ounce yellow jighead tipped with a piece of nightcrawler under a slip bobber fishing about 3 feet deep. I caught quite a few perch and sunnies mixed in with the bullheads.

My favorite pond is almost worthless this year. It is full of small 3" bullheads and that is all I can seem to catch.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have found two new spots this year and they seem to be full of bullies. One of those spots has a little hole around 8-10 feet deep I would guess. The other has a pocket around 6-8 feet deep.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I got 183 last time out. Shallow sandy spot around some cattails.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I got 183 last time out. Shallow sandy spot around some cattails. [/quote

If you are catching them where I think you are then now I know where they all disappeared to!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not even close to where you may think I am. There are millions in the spot we seine. It's not even by Kato'

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I like catching them by hook and line...at least partly because i don't have or know how to seine for them. Also, I only need a half a dozen or so at a time. I don't think my lakes have suffered from a hard winterkill because I can still catch a lot sunnies.

It's really frustrating when you can't catch a bullhead.

Thanks for the info and tips though, I'll be back out scouting new spots and new lakes later this week.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My Bullhead is AWESOME! its litteraly as fast as you cast out, you got one! seriously! My Brother goes there every spring with his buddy and catch 100ea (or whatever the limit is) in a morning for a big fish fry.... I had about 25 of them in 40 minutes last wed. The hardest part was putting the corn on the hook. Worms are way better multiple fish per baiting.

We netted it once.....the handle slipped out of my hand and all of them got away...there were HUNDREDS in the net! My buddy on the other end of the net wasnt too happy!

(insert red face here)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • From Wikipedia Nope, nothing to see here. We had nothing to do with it. No involvement at all. 
    • I did cut off the radish tops and they do taste like radish but I am not going to get in the business of growing them..
    • Nice overreaction. Did you have too much caffeine today?   Nobody said or implied that the world would be better off without the united States.    What I did say was the world would be better off if we were not destabilizing governments and taking out the leaders that kept these radicals in check.    Where do you think all the refugees that are heading to Europe and here are coming from? They are coming largely from areas where we deposed, removed or destabilized the government in their home country. Do you think this is some kind of coincidence?   
    • The Shah was there for a long time before the revolution, but yes we had a role in his getting the job.   I don't recall anyone saying that we had a role in the disintegration of Lebanon.   I think that was the peaceful Muslims trying to take the whole place, with input from outside forces.  Syria maybe? 
    • My granny would fricassee them.  Cut-up, season, braise in stock, remove, then add flour and butter to thicken the stock, season to taste, and return the pieces for a few minutes.  If we had a few quail or dove she would add them in as well.  HERE is a really good looking rabbit fricassee with mushrooms, wine and herbs served over pasta.  Would like to try this with chicken drumsticks or wings.
    •   Ding, ding ding, ding! We have a winner. I sensed this was were this thread was heading   It's all America's fault and the world would be a much more peaceful place if America never existed. Why, these people would be the salt of the Earth if it wasn't for the mean and bad USA and throw in Israel in that   "America's Chickenzzz....are coming to home to roost!"   The common denominator is Radicalized Islam. You may not like hearing that but that is the common denominator including in other parts of the world were Radical Muslims cannot seem to get along with their own neighbors including others in their religion that aren't radical enough that have zilch, zero, zip, nada to do with the USA.   No other religion or belief system, I don't care if it's Christianity, Scientology, Paganism, Agnostics, Atheists,ect, has the issues with violence in modern times as Islam does. Spin it anyway you want but the facts cannot be denied.   This massive denial by some of what's sadly and painfully obvious is mind boggling. I get the desire to seem enlightened and non judgemental but that doesn't mean one should deny reality and blame  Fox or Briebart
    • Wonder if it is on Netflix?   Looks like there is actually a good reason to build the wall.....it could help keep the Mexicans out of harms way from drunken South Texas hunters. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/02/19/hunters-charged-in-texas-shooting-had-blamed-immigrants.html
    • Not that any of this has anything to do with atheism but...    
  • Our Sponsors