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What type of catfish? #13679949 08/25/20 05:40 PM
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Re: What type of catfish? [Re: lmd59] #13680014 08/25/20 06:44 PM
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Although the fish is yellow-brown in color, it has black chin barbels, so it is a black bullhead (Ameiurus melas). If it was a yellow bullhead (Ameiurus natalis) it would have white barbels. Black bullheads will have 17-21 anal rays, while yellow bullheads have 23 to 27 anal rays. Both are commonly called mud cats or polliwogs.

Re: What type of catfish? [Re: Osbornfishing] #13680146 08/25/20 08:12 PM
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Thanks for the ID. I figured it was a bullhead. I've had my place for about 7 years and haven't seen them in my pond (stocked with bream, black bass and channel cats). I've now caught two in the last two months.

Re: What type of catfish? [Re: lmd59] #13680326 08/25/20 10:28 PM
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Throw them on bank for the critters to keep them from over running you pond.

Re: What type of catfish? [Re: Curt0407] #13680402 08/25/20 11:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Curt0407
Throw them on bank for the critters to keep them from over running you pond.


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Re: What type of catfish? [Re: lmd59] #13680411 08/25/20 11:40 PM
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Re: What type of catfish? [Re: lmd59] #13681538 08/26/20 09:36 PM
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Bullheads may not be a problem for your pond, depending on your goals. If you want them out, stock the pond with flathead catfish. Flatheads love bullheads and will eventually eliminate them from the pond.

Re: What type of catfish? [Re: Osbornfishing] #13682075 08/27/20 03:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Osbornfishing
Although the fish is yellow-brown in color, it has black chin barbels, so it is a black bullhead (Ameiurus melas). If it was a yellow bullhead (Ameiurus natalis) it would have white barbels. Black bullheads will have 17-21 anal rays, while yellow bullheads have 23 to 27 anal rays. Both are commonly called mud cats or polliwogs.





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Re: What type of catfish? [Re: lmd59] #13682266 08/27/20 12:53 PM
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I appreciate the comments and advice.

Re: What type of catfish? [Re: lmd59] #13682328 08/27/20 01:41 PM
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We had yellow bullheads up at our ranch in Dumas. They moved through the irrigation canals from pond to pond and you could catch them within 15 seconds of casting. We even found them in the metal cattle tanks. They kept the leeches out of those at least.

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