Illegal Fish Thread

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American By Birth,Soldier By Choice
Jul 5, 2006
Bushnell Illinois
Ok, Just to simplify things, lets make a thread that lists illegal fish state by state. I will start:

Illinois Illegal fish

*Snakeheads (including, but not limited to, all fishes of the genera Channa and Parachanna, and others of the family Channidae)
*Fish or viable eggs of the Walking Catfish, Clariidae family
*Mollusks, veligers, or viable eggs of zebra mussels, genus Dreissena
*Crustaceans or viable eggs of mitten crabs, genus Eriocheir
*River Ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernuus)
* Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix)
* Big Head Carp ((Hypophthalmichthys nobilis)
* Black Carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus)
* Gobies (round, tubenose)(Neogobius melanostomus, Proterorhinus marmotratus)
*Rusty Crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) Possession of living rusty crayfish is prohibited for all except the holders of an approved aquaculture permit with a letter of authorization to import/possess this species.
*Rudd (Scardinius erthrophthelmus)


Acipenser fulvescens Lake Sturgeon
Ammocrypta clarum Western Sand Darter
Etheostoma camurum Bluebreast Darter
Etheostoma histrio Harlequin Darter
Hybognathus hayi Cypress Minnow
Hybopsis amblops Bigeye Chub
Hybopsis amnis Pallid Shiner
Ichthyomyzon fossor Northern Brook Lamprey
Macrhybopsis gelida Sturgeon Chub
Moxostoma valenciennesi Greater Redhorse
Nocomis micropogon River Chub
Notropis anogenus Pugnose Shiner
Notropis boops Bigeye Shiner
Notropis heterolepis Blacknose Shiner
Notropis maculatus Taillight Shiner
Notropis texanus Weed Shiner
Noturus stigmosus Northern Madtom
Scaphirhynchus albus Pallid Sturgeon**


Ammocrypta pellucidum Eastern Sand Darter
Catostomus catostomus Longnose Sucker
Coregonus artedi Cisco
Erimystax x-punctatus Gravel Chub
Etheostoma exile Iowa Darter
Fundulus diaphanus Banded Killifish
Fundulus dispar Starhead Topminnow
Lampetra aepyptera Least Brook Lamprey
Lepomis miniatus Redspotted Sunfish
Lepomis symmetricus Bantam Sunfish
Moxostoma carinatum River Redhorse
Notropis chalybaeus Ironcolor Shiner
Notropis heterodon Blackchin Shiner


Church of the Freshwater Aquarium!
Dec 14, 2005
Central Florida
Also keep in mind that endangered and threatened species from other countries are BANNED as well. I found a story from a couple years ago...guy brought in an Arowana and was arrested by U.S. Customs.


Church of the Freshwater Aquarium!
Dec 14, 2005
Central Florida
Pirahnas are illegal to Buy/Sell within the state.

I do believe that if you move into california with an existing pet pirahna, you're OK. Same rule applies to Ferrets as well...

Go Figure!


AC Members
Nov 17, 2005
Florida Regulations
(P) African Electric Catfish (family Malapteruridae, all species)
(P) African Tigerfish (subfamily Hydrocyninae, all species)
(P) Airbreathing Catfish (family Clariidae, all species except Clarias batrachus)
(P) Airsac Catfish (family Heteropnestidae, all species)
(P) Australian Crayfish (genus Cherax, all species) except tank culture systems of Cherax quadricarinatus
(R) Australian Red Claw Crayfish (Chorax quadricarinatus; tank culture systems only)
(R) Bighead Carp (Aristichthys nobilis)
(R) Blue Catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) except north and west of the Suwannee River
(R) Bony Tongue Fish (Osteoglossidae, all species) except Silver arowana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum)
(P) Candiru Catfish (family Trichomycteridae, all species)
(R) Dorados (genus Salminus, all species)
(P) Freshwater Electric Eels (family Elecrophoridae, all species)
(R) Freshwater Stingrays (family Electrophoridae, all species)
(R) Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella)
(P) Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanallus)
(P) Lampreys (family Petromyzonidae, all species)
(R) Nile Perches (genus Lates, all species)
(P) Piranhas and Pirambebas (subfamily Serrasalminae, all species including Wimple’s Piranhas)
(R) Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) May be possessed west of the Apalachicola River or imported for direct sale to food wholesalers and food retailers for resale to consumers without permit. Pond aquaculture prohibited.
(R) Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix)
(R) Snail or Black Carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus)
(P) Snakeheads (family Channidae, all species)
(P/R) Tilapias (Tilapia, Sarotherodon, and Oreochromis genera all species), except that Tilapia.aurea, bornorum, mossambica, nilotica, may be possessed, cultured, and transported without permit in the North Central Region ( Citrus and Hernando Counties only), Northeast Region (Excluding Nassau and Duval Counties), South and Southwest Regions.
(P) Tranhiras or Tigerfish (family Erythrinidae, all species)

(R) Walking Catfish (Clarius batrachus)
(R) White River Crayfish (Procambarus zonangulas) May be possessed west of the Apalachicola River or imported for direct sale to food wholesalers and food retailers for resale to consumer without permit. Pond aquaculture prohibited.
(P) Zebra Mussels (Dreissena polymorpha)
(P) Mitten Crabs (genus Eriocheir)

P is prohibited, Not allowed at all
R is Restriicted, Permits needed and Expensive they are..


Keeper of strange fishes


AC Members
Aug 25, 2006
TEXAS -- Surprisingly, this conservative state, not known for rampant environmentalism, has quite possibly the most extensive list of prohibited FW species I've ever seen, makes California's regulations seem laissez-faire in comparison.

Lampreys, Family Petromyzontidae
All species except Chestnut Lamprey, Ichthyomyzon castaneus and Southern Brook Lamprey, I. gagei

Freshwater Stingrays, Family Potamotrygonidae
All species

Arapaima, Family Osteoglossidae
Arapaima gigas

Dourados, Family Characidae, Subfamily Bryconinae
All species of genus Salminus

Rhaphiodontid Characoids, Family Characidae, Subfamily Rhaphiodontinae
All species of genera Hydrolycus and Rhaphiodon (synonymous with Cynodon)

South American Pike Characoids, Families Characidae and Ctenolucidae
All species of genera Acestrorhynchus, Ctenolucius (Boulengerella) and Luciocharax (Hydrocinus)

African Pike Characoids, Families Hepsetidae and Ichthyboridae
All species

South American Tiger Fishes, Family Erythrinidae
All species

African Tiger Fishes, Family Alestidae, Subfamily Hydrocyninae
All species

Piranhas and Pirambebas, Family Serrasalmidae, Subfamily Serrasalminae
All species

Freshwater Eels, Family Anguilliidae
All species except American Eel, Anguilla rostrata

Swamp Eels, Rice Eels or One-Gilled Eel, Family Synbranchidae
All species

Electric Eel, Family Electrophoridae
Electrophorus electricus

Carps, Family Cyprinidae
All species and hybrids of species of genera Ctenopharyngodon (Grass Carp), Mylopharyngodon (Black Carp), Aristichthys (Bighead Carp), Hypophthalmichthys (Silver Carp), Cirrhina (Mud Carp and relatives) and Thynnichthys (Sandhkol and other Thynnichthyid Carp)

Rudd and Roach, Family Cyprinidae
All species of genera Scardinius and Rutilus

Old World Breams, Family Cyprinidae
All species of genera Abramis, Blicca, Megalobrama and Parabramis

Old World Chubs, Ide, and Dace, Family Cyprinidae
All species of the genus Leuciscus

Asps and Yellowcheek, Family Cyprinidae
All species of the genera Aspius, Pseudaspius, Aspiolucius and Elopichthys

Giant Barbs, Mahseers, and Catla, Family Cyprinidae
All species of the genera Tor and Catla and the species Barbus tor (synonymous with Barbus hexagoniolepis)

Walking Catfishes, Family Clariidae
All species

Electric Catfishes, Family Malapteruridae
All species

South American Parasitic Catfishes, Family Trichomycteridae, Subfamilies Stegophilinae and Vandelliinae
All species

Whale Catfishes, Family Cetopsidae
All species

Airsac Catfishes, Family Heteropneustidae
All species of genus Heteropneustes

Pike Killifish, Family Poeciliidae
Belonesox belizanus

Marine Stonefishes, Family Synanceiidae
All species

Tilapia, Family Cichlidae
All species of genus Tilapia (including Sarotherodon and Oreochromis)

Snakeheads, Family Channidae
All species

Asian Pikeheads, Family Luciocephalidae
All species

Old World Pike-Perches, Family Percidae
All species of the genus Stizostedion except Walleye, Stizostedion vitreum and Sauger, S. canadense

Ruff, Family Percidae
All species of genus Gymnocephalus

Nile Perch, Family Centropomidae
All species of genera Lates and Luciolates

Seatrouts and Corvinas, Family Sciaenidae
All species of genus Cynoscion except Spotted Seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus; Silver Seatrout, C. nothus and Sand Seatrout, C. arenarius

Source: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website:

LOL. It may have been more expedient for Texas to merely list the allowed species and provide that all unlisted species are illegal.
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AC Members
Mar 2, 2006
one kool thing about Ill is that frt(fly river turltes) are is really a shame about the channa species(snakeheads) just because some stupid people had to release them into the lakes ruined it for all of us...

STINGRAYS ARE ILLEGAL IN CALI!!!lol i will get a link that has all of the states they rays are legal/illegal in

also all asain arowana are ILLEGAL in the united states sadly since they are endangered and the arow farms didnt repopulate the wild stock like they were suppose to


AC Members
Mar 2, 2006
fballguy said:
Anybody find anything on Washington? I have looked all over and can find nothing.
all i know is that they recently banned stingrays...i also think piranias are banned too....btw the link to the states that stinrays are legal/illegal is the the stingray section of


"Maybe it's a hybrid"
Feb 7, 2006
Southwest Florida
Ghost_knife said:
Florida Regulations
(R) Bony Tongue Fish (Osteoglossidae, all species) except Silver arowana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum)
I could be wrong, but I think African arowanas are now legal with no permit requirement as well.