Bigeye Chub lives in the larger streams of western New York in areas with clean gravel. It is native to four watersheds and there are only about 40 catch records since 1977. Surveys since 1977 have shown fewer catches of this species in streams of the Allegheny, and substantial range loss is noted in the Erie watershed. Since 1977 there have been no records from the Ontario and Oswego watersheds. Bigeye Chub is classified as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need and it is a priority species for restoration work by NYS.