I ate BullHead last night!!!!!
So often the breaded or flour covering masks some of the taste, for better or for worse.
Did a blind taste-test one day with some family. We had crappie, walleye, catfish and bullhead. I cooked them and kept them separate, but no one else knew what they were. Bullhead was #1, walleye #2, crappie #3 and catfish #4. I'd agree with those results.
That is, until, one year I met a veterinarian in the fish cleaning house who showed me how to clean 'em without getting impaled. I tried it and from then on, we all considered the bullheads mighty tasty additions to our fish fries.
Not up there with 'gills and perch, mind you, but plenty edible, and mighty tasty!
If you like catfish, I would guess that you would like bullhead, too. It tastes very similar to a young channel cat that's cleaned correctly. When I was nine years old, my grandpa took me fishing on Fox Lake (this was before it was dredged). We got up and 4:30AM and was on the lake around 5:30AM. Fished in the rain, brought our lunch, peed in coffee cans and by the end of the day we had 72 bullheads and a few perch. Put them in a bucket in the fridge and the next morning he showed me how to clean one. He went potato picking on his neighbor's farm and I sat and cleaned all those fish by myself. I will never forget how to clean a bullhead. Awesome eating!