Although the least commercially important of the catﬁsh, the yellow bullhead can provide decent angling and is a good food ﬁsh.
IdentificationA moderately slim ﬁsh, the yellow bullhead has leathery skin without scales. The coloring ranges from yellowish olive to brown or almost black on the back with yellowish olive or brown sides, yellow or white on the belly, and dusky ﬁns. Juveniles are dark brown or jet-black.
The rounded tail helps to distinguish the yellow bullhead from other bullheads, which have squarish or truncated tails. The yellow bullhead has sharp, toothlike serrations on the back edge of the spine at the top of the pectoral ﬁns. The chin barbels are white, yellow, or pale pink.