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Spring Bullhead Tactics

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Well, as I drove to work today I noticed some of my bullie spots are beginning to open up. I had a tough time last year pinpointing the ideal locations and scenarios that hold bullheads. I've tried some smaller lakes as well as some ponds and had a hard time developing a pattern for locating bullheads. I was wondering what people look for in a good bullhead spot? My best locations were in smaller lakes that are fed by creeks. On these lakes I typically hit the shallow, sandy areas near shore where the water seems to warm up quicker. I do enjoy giving Moore's Bait the business when I can, but being from the Southwest can be a bit of a drive if I plan on fishing the Minnesota. Thanks guys.

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I have caught them before the ice is even off all the way some years. The key is north shore spots that get lots of sunlight all day long. The bullies will be right up by shore after the sun sets.

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This may sound crazy but I've found that the bullheads take a little time to find the bait and then they seem to pass the word on to the rest of the bullies. Almost every time it takes about 15 minutes or so to get the bullies to turn on. It seems that all I need is a little patience and they will just start biting. I don't know if the nightcrawler bait leaves a scent in the water that attracts them or if once they find it the rest are attracted by the activity but something triggers them. Once you catch one just keep going back to the same spot as closely as you can. On most of my spots I can catch about 25 or more in an hour or so.

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The pond I go to has shallow water near shore with a lot of timber in the water. When it looked like the water was coming starting to boil (a lot of surface bubbles or ripples) then I knew I was in for steady action. I have not tried for them yet this year.

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For my Bullheads I found a medium sized clear, sandy pond and I cast a small piece of a crawler out into about 2-3 feet of water and every time I get one almost instantly. We can catch about 1 per minute and could easily get 50-60 in an hour.

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