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Volunteers doing Fish Monitoring on the Rouge

Fish Monitoring

The last extensive fish survey of the Rouge River was completed by the Michigan DNR in 1995 and published in 1998 (Rouge River Assessment).  Water quality has improved since that time. The Michigan DEQ conducts limited fish monitoring in the Rouge every five years and the DNR conducts occasional targeted studies. We have a list of some species with photos (scroll down). Here is a map of all sites.

In 2012, Robert Muller began working with FOTR staff and volunteers to conduct fish surveys in the Rouge River. The work began as an internship and continues today and is providing some of the most up-to-date data on Rouge fish communities.

Surveys & Reports

2018 Rouge River Fish Survey Report

2017-18 Rouge River Fish Survey Reports


FOTR RECRUITS VOLUNTEERS to assist with surveys in spring, summer and fall.

Fish survey events HERE.

Species of Fish Found in the Rouge River

*Species marked as RED need high dissolved oxygen and cool water temperatures. Press on names for photos.

Species, Common Names, and Links to Photos

Group Family Scientific Name Common Name
Bowfins Amiidae Amia calva Bowfin
Suckers Catostomidae Catostomus commersonii White sucker
Hypentelium nigricans Northern hog sucker
Sunfish Centrarchidae Ambloplites rupestris Rock bass
Lepomis cyanellus Green sunfish
Lepomis gibbosus Pumpkinseed
Lepomis macrochirus Bluegill
Lepomis peltastes Northern longear sunfish
Micropterus salmoides Largemouth bass
Pomoxis annularis White crappie
Sculpins Cottidae Cottus bairdii Mottled  sculpin
Minnows Cyprinidae Campostoma anomalum Central stoneroller
Clinostomus elongatus Redside dace
Cyprinella spiloptera Spotfin shiner
Cyprinus carpio Common carp
Notemigonus crysoleucas Golden shiner
Notropis atherinoides Emerald shiner
Phoxinus eos Northern redbelly dace
Pimephales notatus Bluntnose minnow
Pimephales promelas Fathead minnow
Rhinichthys obtusus Western blacknose dace
Luxilus cornutus Common shiner
Semotilus atromaculatus Creek chub
Killifish Funduildae Fundulus diaphanus menona Western banded killifish
Sticklebacks Gasterostidae Culaea inconstans Brook stickleback
Gobies Gobiidae Neogobius melanostomus Round goby
Catfish Ictaluridae Ameiurus melas Black bullhead
Ameiurus nebulosus Brown bullhead
Perches Percidae Etheostoma nigrum Johnny darter
Percina caprodes Logperch
Percina maculata Blackside darter
Trouts Salmonidae Oncorhynchus mykiss Rainbow trout
Salmo trutta Brown trout
Mudminnows Umbridae Umbra limi Central mudminnow