The ins and outs of bullhead fishing

Bullhead are one of the tastiest fish from what I’ve heard. I wouldn’t know since I don’t eat fish, but I do enjoy fishing for them.

Around late spring at Sodus Bay, there are several anglers fishing for their next bullhead meal. Every spot known in the area is typically filled with anglers by dusk. If you plan on finding bullhead to eat or just want to catch and release, I wanted to share a few tips with you.

1) Use a middle sized fishing pole with a small hook and sinker so that the sinker carries your bait down to the bottom. Bullhead are bottom feeders so this way the bait is right in front of them.

2) Purchase chicken liver, chicken guts or worms because bullhead are attracted to the nastiest smells. If you want the meat to have a more distinguishing smell, you can leave it outside in the sun for a day.

3) Be sure to go bullhead fishing late spring/early summer. The season is best at this time so you can catch more.

4) Fish at night. Even though bullhead feed throughout the day,  I’ve found that they bite best at night. The later the better because I’ve had the most luck around 11 p.m.

5) Be sure to bring chairs to sit in especially if you aren’t fishing on a bridge because sometimes you may end up waiting for a bite for quite sometime.

6) Bullheads can be found in shallow water, therefore there’s no need to go into the deep water for them.

7) Use larger sticks as a way to hold your poles. I usually find large sticks and place them in the ground to hold the fishing pole up instead of holding it the entire time. If you can, you can also lean the pole up against a bridge if you’re fishing near one.

8) You will need light since it’ll be night time. I recommend getting a small propane lantern, just enough to light a small area.

9) Don’t forget a bucket to put the fish in if you decide to keep them. Put water from the area you’re fishing inside the bucket.



Bullhead fishing starting early


Usually I go bullhead fishing toward the end of May after finishing the spring semester when I move home for the summer. However, there has been word that the bullhead have been out earlier than usual.

Saturday, April 18, I went to Third Creek which is right off the shore of Sodus Bay near Alton. I originally wanted to fish off of Bay Bridge near Wolcott, but there were over 40 people along the entire bridge. My back up plan was Third Creek.

I arrived around 8:30 p.m. and there was plenty of room to fish. After lighting the lantern, setting up sticks to hold the fishing poles, and putting chicken guts and worms on the hooks, it was time to finally fish!

The waves were heavily crashing on shore causing the fishing poles to bob up and down as if there was a fish biting the hook. There was also a lot of garbage towards shore getting stuck on the hooks.

What a bad start to the night.

After about 30 minutes of that, it finally cleared up as the waves died down. Then, I finally started to get some bites. I caught a few and missed a few. Because it’s still early in the season I only caught four fish and had about eight bites. Not a bad start though!