Specializing in Fish & Only Fish! Serving Clients Nationwide.



Choose one of our talented artists below for your full-service fish taxidermy, replica, & restoration needs! At Fish Specialties Taxidermy we employ the “Artists First” concept. All of our taxidermists are accomplished artists that happen to enjoy working with fish. Whereas many other taxidermists enjoy working with fish and then TRY to learn to be artists. Fortunately for us it doesn’t work that way!


So we don’t have a shop near you? Click here for information about our online replica service and find out how we can offer our high quality, custom painted replicas at a great price & quick turnaround time shipped safely directly to you!

Our Artists

Marty Shimkus

Apple River, Illinois


Doug Petrousek

Elburn, Illinois

Amy Hall

Monroe, MI

  • Anything & everything associated with fish!
  • Original skin mounts
  • Replicas
  • Restorations & repaints
  • Custom habitats
  • Fish taxidermy training
  • Best artists/taxidermists
  • Best customer service
  • Over 75 years combined experience
  • Reasonable prices
  • Great turnaround time
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed

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 painted to your photos. Better prices. Highest quality guaranteed.

Custom Skin Mounts

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

Replicas/ Reproductions

We only use the highest quality fiberglass blanks made in the USA or Canada. 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.

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Check out some of our Fish Specialties gear, finished replicas, and some of our artists artwork in our “For Sale” section!

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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