Brown Bullhead


Other Common Names:

Bullhead, brown bullhead, horned pout, speckled bullhead, common bullhead, red cat


Scientific Name:

Ameiurus nebulosus



Feeds at night on insects, crayfish, worms, and small fish



Prefers clear, deep lakes and clear streams



Average length is 8 to 10 inches



Olive to brown with dark mottlings on sides, fading to white or cream underneath; fleshy barbels dusty to black; 22-23 rays in anal fin; caudal fin slightly notched


Photo & text courtesy of:

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Fish and Fishing by James R. Harlan and Everett B. Speaker with James Mayhew; color illustrations by Maynard F. Reece

Fishes of Wisconsin by George C. Becker

Fishes of Indiana published by Indiana Department of Conservation, Division of Fish and Game (1964)


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