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Exploring Shawnee National Forest


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#1 JasonL

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 07:26 PM

Spent some time this summer exploring the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois and I thought I'd share some pics of the local fishes I encountered. Habitat sampled was largely spring fed creeks with upland features and rocky outcroppings, which differs from the lowland features of much of the region. Pretty cool area to explore and beat the summer heat.

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Rainbow darter (E. caeruleum) abundant

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Spottail darter (E. squamiceps) YOY

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Banded sculpin (Cottus carolinae)

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Ribbon shiner (Lythrurus fumeus)


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Northern hogsucker (Hypentelium nigricans)


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Central Longear (L. megalotis)

#2 JasonL

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 07:43 PM

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Rock bass (Ambloplites rupestris)


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Striped shiner (Luxilus chrysocephalus) abundant and excellent bait for smallies in this area

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Green sunfish (L. cyanellus)

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Lepomis macrochirus X megalotis hybrid (I think....)

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Smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) showed minimal interest in artificials but could catch them all day long on Luxilus shiners.

#3 JasonL

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 08:10 PM

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?Black redhorse (Moxostoma duquesnei) This fish was actually dipnetted incidentally. It is a YOY specimen I initially thought was M. erythrurum but scale count was more c/w duquesnei. Both are present here.

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Stripetail darter (E. kennicotti)


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Blackspotted topminnow (Fundulus olivaceus)

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Bluntnose minnow (Pimephales notatus)


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Creek chub (Semotilus atromaculatus)

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Central stoneroller (Campostoma anomalum)

#4 centrarchid

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 08:40 PM

You messing around in Big Creek?


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#5 JasonL

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 09:21 PM

Yeah Big Creek was one of several spots. Some of these pics are from there. You've been there before?

#6 littlen

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 08:01 AM

Awesome.  Thank you for sharing.


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#7 MtFallsTodd

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 09:16 AM

Cool, looks like a fun day.
Deep in the hills of Great North Mountain

#8 centrarchid

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 04:13 PM

Yeah Big Creek was one of several spots. Some of these pics are from there. You've been there before?

Some reports of Big Foot in the Shawnee may be attributable to me.  I used to haunt streams all over that forest system.


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#9 BenCantrell

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 11:42 AM

Thanks for sharing!  Brings back good memories of my road trips down there.  Ribbon shiner is one I always hoped to come across but never did.



#10 PBK

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Posted 27 June 2020 - 12:43 AM

Excellent fotos.



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