1. Tie a hook on to the end of your line using a regular clinch knot, multiple lines are an option though bullheads usually don't travel in schools. If you don't know the depth of your fishing area multiple hooks at different lengths are an option. Size 2 hooks are good for bullhead and you won't catch a sunny usually. If you do catch a sunfish, or any other fish, you can cut it into chunks.
2. Put a split shot sinker on the line. Do not put too much weight as the fish might spit it out when it feels the pressure. Another option is a leader tied to a swivel with sliding weights set above the swivel
3. Put the bobber a few feet above the hook usually. Catfish are bottom feeders and it pays to remember so.
4. Bait the hook with something smelly! Stink baits are good along with homemade dough bait. Also corn and worms work well. The thing to remember is that Catfish can't see well but have a better smell then bloodhounds. Smelly and meaty are good. Pieces of fish work too. Using minnows and frogs from the area works very well too as the fish have likely encountered that food source before and remember its scent.
5. Cast out according to the season. In spring Catfish are shallow, in summer deep, in fall anywhere really. Wait for a bite then jerk the rod. If the baits smell is enticing to the catfish, they will come to it so just wait patiently.
6. Good Luck!
- You might catch bluegill with small hooks keep them and you have good cut bait for catfish.
- Use heavy line 4-10 pounds even though bullhead only get 3 pounds heavier line for heavier cover
- Catfish are not everywhere so make sure there's catfish in the lake or pond when fishing.
- Bullhead Catfish have sharp barbed spikes on their dorsal and pectoral fins. Also sometimes the catfish will swallow hooks and they will bite your fingers when you try to take it out. It won't hurt due to lack of teeth but will scare some little kids.