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.



2 thoughts on “The ins and outs of bullhead fishing

  1. I’ve found mid-summer (late July through August) to be best for bullheads where I’m from. Most fish will retreat to deeper basins where more dissolved oxygen is present in summer. Bullheads don’t require as much dissolved oxygen to survive so they remain shallow.


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