Fisheries Blog

Although many of us know about the common game species, the non-game species are less well known — not surprising since it is tough to observe fish in their natural habitats. Illinois has over 200 fish species occupying a wide variety of waters, ranging from large rivers to small streams, and from small ponds to Lake Michigan.

Our non-game species blog posts highlight those lesser-known Illinois species. We hope you enjoy the pictures and the information on their life histories, distribution, family ties, and other interesting facts about this fascinating group of animals.

Blog Posts:

Mottled Sculpin

Hey fish heads! This is the first in a new series of posts about Illinois' native fish species.

Northern Hogsucker

Hey fish heads, here is round two of our posts about Illinois’ non-game species.  Following the unique Mottled Sculpin covered in the first post, is another one of our strange and interesting species — Northern Hogsucker.