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Native fish?

Anyone in chicagoland know of any fish stores that might randomly get native fish in? I'm really only interested in minnows, but I've seen random PetCo's get small sunfish mixed in with their feeders sometimes, and I heard that the old Scott's Pet Shop in Westmont used to get all kinds of them from the DNR, but they're closed. Unfortunately, only one bait shop near me and the only thing they carry are golden shiners. And they only take cash to boot... I'm a credit card guy

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There's a place in south Elgin critters pet shop that used to sell baby norther pike, perch, sunfish, and the occasional walleye fry but they moved from there st charles location and I haven't been to the new shop. Not sure if they still do any natives but I grew 2 pike in a 100 gal to about 10 in. They were one of the coolest fish I've ever owned. Vicious things !!
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Lol yeah I'm going to stay away from that one ha ha. Pike are known to eat fish 3/4 their own length on a regular basis! I'll have to look up that pet shop and see if I can get over there. Thanks!

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I've seen Aquarium Adventure in Schaumburg bring in rainbow dace. They get some interesting stuff every so often.
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Is that like the Petland in Bolingbrook?

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Yup, except in Schaumburg.
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Yup, except in Schaumburg.
Hoffman Estates actually but close enough.
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I was going to say try your local bait shop, but you already did. Have you considered catching your own fish? That's always fun.
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Oh trust me I'll be catching fish once it warms up. That's where I actually got the idea. I used to catch my own minnows for fishing when I was a kid and I always remembered how awesome the "plain" native minnows were, but I never thought of trying to keep them. Now that I've got a 100 gallon, and its dang expensive filling it full of tetras, I thought it would be awesome to fill it with a big school of native fish. There's plenty of species to keep me occupied trying to catch em all too. Kinda like Pokemon. Oh boy.

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This won't save you any money, but
there are online "native sellers".
I believe someone mentioned these two to me before;
http://jonahsaquarium.com/JonahSite/fishlist.htm
http://www.zimmermansfish.com/Price.html
I kept natives from a creek near me years ago in my 135g
Been keeping them in mind for next "re-do" on my 180.

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Hi strat guy,

Here is a good talk on Midwest Native Fishes with information on collecting as well. The GSAS member used to live and collect in the Chicago area and downstate IL.
http://www.gsas.org/talks.php?ID=81

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Another thought, is there any fish farms up there? Here in TX we have fish farms that sell fish to people looking to stock their ponds. The prices are fairly cheap also. They have minnows, blue gills, shiners, crappie and bass. Might want to see if there is one up there. Google Dunn's fish farm to get an idea on prices.
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capt- That's a great idea, but I think that might be a little too much outside the box.

coral- I've seen those pages and they've got some cool stuff on them. Unfortunately they sell pretty much the most common fishes from around here, so I'll wait till spring or find a lfs that carries some that don't include a $25 shipping cost ha ha.

Seattle!!! That was an awesome presentation. I swear I've seen some of those places around here! That whole video made me really antsy. I can't wait to get out to the rivers around me and go netting. Gonna be a blast.
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