The Yellow Bullhead Catfish (Ameiurus natalis) or commonly know as a “Mud Cat” ranges anywhere from a black to yellowish in color depending on it’s habitat. It can be distinguished from the Brown and Black Bullhead Catfish by it’s white barbels. Yellow Bullheads are voracious in appetite scavenging for food constantly. They will eat anything from plants, to baitfish, to snails, to worms.  On average they live up to 7 years and get to be about 18 inches long and weigh around 2 pounds. Females lay about 2,000 to 7,000 eggs and will guard the nest for a couple of months (the eggs usually hatch withing about 7-10 days). These fish typically fall under the “Roughfish” category and are seldom targeted, even though they put up a good fight relative to their size.

Time of year: Mid Spring through Late Fall

Flies: Streamers, Nymphs, Poppers, Catfish can go after almost any type of fly

Rod and Reel: 3-5 Weight Rod and Reel (7-9 Foot Rod with good action, and WF Sinking Tip or Floating line)

Locations: Many Urban Park Lakes

Yellow Bullhead Catfish

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