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Yellow bullhead

Ameiurus natalis

Catfish Family

Freshwater Fish Identification

Yellow bullhead


Common Name(s):
Mississippi bullhead, yellow catfish
Description:
Yellow bullheads are typically light yellow to olive-green on the back, often somewhat mottled. The belly is yellowish to white. The tail is not notched, and may be slightly rounded. Chin barbels are white. The anal fin has 23-27 rays.
Similar Fish:
Brown bullhead, black bullhead
Feeding Habits:
Like black bullheads, the yellow bullhead is omnivorous, feeding on a variety of plant and animal material, both live and dead. Immature aquatic insects and crustaceans often comprise a considerable proportion of the diet.
Range:
Yellow bullheads range throughout the central and eastern US from central Texas north into North Dakota and east through the Great Lakes region to the coast.
Habitat:
Yellow bullheads prefer water bodies with large amounts of vegetation. Weed choked lakes and sloughs are a favorite of the yellow bullhead.
Typical Size:
An average sized yellow bullhead caught by anglers weighs less than one pound and less than a foot in length.
World Record:
4 pounds, 4 ounces (Source - IGFA)