Yellow Bullhead


Other Common Names:

Brown bullhead, white-whiskered bullhead, Mississippi bullhead, butterball, paper skin


Scientific Name:

Ameiurus natalis



Generally feeds at night on insects, crayfish, worms, and small fish.



Prefers clear water with abundant aquatic vegetation



Average length is 6.5 to 9 inches



Light olive brown to yellow on top, with white or cream colored barbels; 24-27 rays in anal fin


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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