Harvesting Bullheads

I wanted to let you know about a website devoted to catching bullheads. Many fishermen look down on bullheads, referring to them as “mudcats” and disdaining them as bottom feeders. The website I am going to point you to will dispel that notion.

Check out a few quotes from the “About” page of Bullhead Fishing 

“While conservation and common sense limits to harvest are important, bullheads breed at such a rate that they are one of the most sustainable fish species for harvest in America.  In many instances they are under harvested in many small bodies of water leading to stunted growth.  So sensible harvest can actually be helpful to many populations”

“Due to how prolific the bullhead is, access is available to almost anyone that will extend a bit of effort.  Unlike many forms of fishing that can be extremely expensive, bullhead fishing can be done by anyone at any income level.  Gear is minimal and in general while they can be helpful boats are simply not required”

“To encourage the use of bullhead in sustainable food production systems.  While the bullhead is highly unlikely to be farmed on commercial scale, its toughness, ease of breeding, food value, growth rate and willingness to eat just about anything makes it  great species for hobby and small scale aquaculture and aquaponics.”

Now all three of those quotes strike me as hitting pretty close to what I would call Survival Harvesting principles.

Just for your interest, the Bullhead Fishing website was created and is run by Jack Spirko, the voice and owner of “The Survival Podcast.” Jack has been running his podcast since 2008. It is pretty much the most successful podcast in this field. I’ve got a lot of respect for Jack and his site has a ton of info you would probably be interested in. Look him up and give him a try.


Author: Paul

I was brought up in a family where respect for the outdoors and personal independence were strong values. Early life experience on the small farms of my extended family, in home vegetable gardens and canning and freezing of family grown produce made having a large pantry a commonplace. A career in the nuclear industry and positions in emergency response within that field inculcated a philosophy of preparedness. My personal experience of multi-day power outages only reinforced the possibility of infrastructure breakdown. A growing awareness of possible threats to the electrical grid from pandemic, economic breakdown, cyber-attack, solar storms and EMP attack lead to an interest in the preparedness field with regards to society and the individual family. I continue to research and learn in the prepping field and look forward to assembling additional books in the near future to complement my first, "Survival Fish Harvesting.". I may be contacted at pstevens2@gmail.com