Specializing in Fish & Only Fish! Serving Clients Nationwide.

Our Current Locations:

Shorewood, Illinois

 (815) 744-1380

Elburn, Illinois

(630) 557-0158

Monroe, Michigan

(734) 652-0017


Our name says it all! We can do anything and everything associated with fish. Custom skin mounts and replicas of all freshwater, saltwater and exotic gamefish. We also do restorations, repairs and repaints, custom habitats and molding along with fish taxidermy training! Read more about our services.

Fish Specialties Taxidermy has been in business for nearly two decades serving the Chicagoland area and has grown into one of the premier fish-only studios in the Midwest. We have added several fish artists/locations to our team since then and we continue to grow! Meet our team.

Where every mount is an original work of art

Welcome to Fish Specialties Taxidermy, where every mount is an original work of Art!  When looking to recreate that special moment the most important thing you can do is to choose the right person for the job.  All of our Fish Artists are at the top of their game and have been professionally trained in the Art of Fish Taxidermy. Fish Specialties Taxidermy has been the premier fish-only taxidermy studio in the midwest for nearly two decades.  We are known for our artistic, incredibly realistic presentations of your replica, traditional skin mount or restoration along with our custom habitats.  No job is too big or too small.  And every job gets the same painstaking attention to detail.  We create realistic works of beautiful Fine Art that will compliment or be the focal point in any décor.  Please visit our Artist’s galleries and the rest of our website to learn more about our services and how we can recreate that trophy of a lifetime for you!

Mary and Doug from Fish Specialties Taxidermy with Joe Bucher
Marty & Doug with fishing legend Joe Bucher


Freshwater taxidermy is our most popular service. When it comes to your freshwater prize, trust the best.


Saltwater in the midwest? You betcha! Custom artwork. Better prices. Highest quality guaranteed.

Custom Skin Mounts

Custom, original skin mounts – trust your trophy of a lifetime with one of our Masters!


We only use the highest quality fiberglass blanks. A quality replica starts out with a quality blank.

Restorations & Repaints

We do a lot of restorations, repairs, and repaints. It’s our “specialty within our specialty.”

Custom Habitats

Adding even a little extra habitat – weeds, rocks, lily pads, baitfish, etc. can add a lot of interest to a basic mount.

We’re ready to handle your needs

Got questions? We got answers! We encourage you to contact your artist for any questions. However, if you need help choosing an artist or have any other questions feel free to contact Marty Shimkus at FishSpecialties@yahoo.com

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