With its ﬁrm, pink flesh of excellent quality, the brown bullhead is an exceedingly popular species, sometimes included in the panﬁsh category.
IdentificationThe head of the brown bullhead is large for its round and slender body, and the skin is smooth and entirely scaleless. The coloring of the brown bullhead is not always brown, but it may actually range from yellowish brown or chocolate brown to gray or olive with brown or black scattered spots; the belly is yellow or white.
The brown bullhead is distinguished from the yellow bullhead by having a mottled coloring and dark brown to nearly black chin barbels. There are sharp, toothlike serrations on the pectoral spine of the pectoral ﬁn, and the tail is squarish or somewhat notched.