Big River Fish Corporation was founded with nothing more than a small 30 x 30building along the Mississippi River, a fishing boat, pick-up, and a big dream. Coming from a long line of commercial fishermen Rick L. Smith, now President of Big River Fish, decided to open his own fish market.
The Big River Fish purchased a poultry plant, modernized it with state-of-the-art equipment, and created a large fresh river fish processing plant. The new location between the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers gives the company access to an abundance of fresh water fish.
Big River Fish now has over 90 commercial fishermen harvesting fresh fish, delivering them for weigh-in and processing all within the same day to provide the freshest quality on the market. Through new orders, recent letters of intent, and a purchase of over 2 million pounds of Asian carp, Big River Fish has become the largest purchaser of Asian carp in the United States.
Big River Fish also offers smoked dried fish for African and other Ethnic groups. These endeavors have made Big River Fish the largest producer of smoked/dried fish in the United States.
We value each and every customer and are committed to production safety and quality products. The owners of Big River Fish, with 70 years combined fresh fish industry experience, are very aware of the states natural resources. They are all elected officials of the ICFA (Illinois Commercial Fishing Association) and are active in protecting our waters and environment.
Big River Fish would like to thank our customers and the public for their on going support and growing awareness to EAT MORE FISH!

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