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Brown Bullhead

Ameirus nebulosus

Appearance

Chin barbels on browns are pigmented, not whitish as with yellow bullheads. The sides of brown bullheads have a distinct, irregular brownish mottling over a light background. The belly is creamy white. They have square tails.

Habitat

Browns generally inhabit still or slowly-flowing warm waters in ponds, lakes, reservoirs, large rivers and sluggish streams.

Behavior

They are primarily bottom feeders, feeding mostly at night. Highly sensitive barbels enable them to smell a wide variety of food such as insects, plant material, carrion, small fish, snails, crayfish, worms and leeches.

Additional Information

State Record:  7.02 lbs.

Big Catch minimum: 16 inches or 2 lbs.

Fishing Tips and Facts: Fair fighters, they are easy to catch with baits such as worms, minnows, shrimp, chicken innards and stinkbaits. They bite throughout the day, but fishing is best at night.