Bullhead Catfish – 8/27/10

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 8/27/10

Observation Time: 3:45 p.m.

Observation Location: Beaver Brook near tennis courts

Common Name: Bullhead Catfish

Scientific Name: Ameiurus melas

Comments: I noticed a number of small black fish swimming near the dam, so I got a dipnet and caught this one (don’t worry, I released it alive!). It turned out to be a bullhead catfish. When the Department of Fish and Game sampled the fish in Beaver Brook on August 25, 2008 with electro-shocking equipment (which stuns fish but does not kill them) they found redfin pickerel, sunfish, bass and American eels, but they did not find bullhead catfish.

More Information: Wikipedia

Bullhead Catfish

Bullhead Catfish