Earning my fishing license

Yes, I’m finally earning my Minnesota fishing license this year.  Last week we were catching northern pike on a northern Minnesota lake.  Today we ventured south of the Twin Cities in search of bullheads.  Prior to this I don’t believe I’d even heard of bullheads let alone known what they looked like.  As it turns out, they’re a bottom feeder similar to catfish.  Although they aren’t very big I’ve learned they do like to flop around a lot.  On a beautiful sunny early afternoon we headed out on the lake,  accompanied by pelicans circling overhead.  We paddled our canoe to a likely area for bullhead success.  Within a few minutes we had our first bullhead on the line, followed by another and another.  Our success was measured by  a total of 11 bullheads.  I have yet to eat one so I can’t attest to their flavor, but I can say that the fishing adventure was great fun and a delightful way to spend time in the outdoors on a lovely lake.

4 thoughts on “Earning my fishing license

  1. Doris Steeg May 30, 2010 / 10:26 pm

    hey Linda,
    Good to see that you are really acclimating to Minnesota. Bullheads are good eating if caught in a clean lake. River bullheads sometimes taste a little muddy. Watch out for those “antlers”
    Doris

  2. Linda Yoo June 1, 2010 / 5:09 am

    Linda; Very interesting picture. You surprised me with your blog story. Bullheads are good to eat…One of my favorites.

    Glad to see you are getting the full Minnesota experience!

    We use to net minnows at the lake for bait and would sometimes catch tiny bullheads. They were so interesting to see. Haven’t thought about that for ages.

    Thanks for the story and picture. 🙂

  3. Monika Wahi January 18, 2014 / 5:11 am

    Thank you for your picture of Minnesota bullheads! I grew up in MN, and used to fish with my grandpa on Lake Marion. I loved catching, cleaning, and eating bullheads. I do not think they look the same outside of MN (I am in New England now). Your blog post bring back happy memories.

  4. lindastaatsphoto January 19, 2014 / 8:40 am

    Thanks for your comment, Monika – it’s especially wonderful when one of my posts resonates with someone and brings back good memories!

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