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By Louie Stout

Biologists encountered this 13-inch bullheadl that had 18 bluegill in its stomach.

Biologists encountered this 13-inch bullheadl that had 18 bluegill in its stomach.

You won’t find a better example of how fish are opportunistic feeders than this.

The photo supplied with this story is living proof. That 13-inch bullhead catfish was captured in a net by Indiana fisheries biologist Tom Bacula while surveying Loomis Lake near Valparaiso.

Biologists were assessing fish populations on Loomis as they do every year on various lakes. The bullhead catfish pictured was discovered in a net along with dozens of other fish.

Capturing bullheads is not that unusual. But this one was.

“The fish’s stomach was bulging and twitching,” said Bacula. “It was the fattest and most unusual bullhead I had ever seen. I wanted to see what was in there.”


It's Never Too Late to Fish

It was a special Father’s Day for the Barnbrook family.

It’s been a couple of years since Jim and Timm had their dad in the boat. Back problems kept him landlocked.

That’ll happen when you’re 90 years old.

But a few weeks ago when Michigan offered a free fishing weekend, Don Barnbrook was feeling a lot better. Jim, age 66, and Timm, age 64, put dad in their boat at Donnell Lake near Vandalia and treated him to a day of pike fishing.

It went so well, they bought him a fishing license on Father’s Day and took him back to Donnell where they have a cottage.

“We didn’t catch much that day but it’s OK,” said Jim. “We had a good day on the water.”

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