Discover the fishing secrets of Waukegan, IL and let Long Gone 3 Charters captained by James Goebel show you what makes an astonishing angling adventure!

Your captain promises a fishing expedition of a lifetime aboard his 36’ Chris Craft vessel. She’s a classic and truly a thing of beauty, with twin 330 HP Chevy Vortec engines. The boat was refurbished in 2009 for maximum comfort and can reach a cruising speed of up to 24 knots.

Two things are for sure — Capt. James knows how to get a fish in your hands and a big smile on your face! Not only does he make it his priority for you to have an amazing time, but he is also an expert in Trout and Salmon fishing.

Test your lines by angling for Coho and Chinook Salmon in spring and summer, but rest assured your captain knows all the best fishing spots.

As the fall creeps in, head out and improve your Trout catching skills — Lake Trout will be biting particularly.

Book 6-hour Salmon and Trout trip when you want that extra time on the water and don’t mind coming home with a cooler full of deliciousness. Another awesome perk — captain will gladly clean and fillet your catch right there on the boat.

You’re just starting out as an angler? Capt. James will teach you everything you need to do, and what’s best, you’ll have a blast learning. The first mate will also assist and instruct every step of the way, so 20% gratuity is greatly appreciated.

Looking for a memorable family outing? Long Gone 3 is the charter to turn to! There’s more than enough room on the boat for the little ones to catch their very first fish and then, get some rest when the excitement gets too tiring.

All the gear will be ready for you, including top-notch rods and Acuma reels. You only need to think about snacks, drinks, and sunscreen for the trip.

Ready to have a fishing escapade to remember? Captain James welcomes you aboard Long Gone 3 Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8-Hour Trip—Salmon and Trout
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 20
    $760
    This full day trip is better suited for experienced anglers who know what they want and will travel to get there. Captain James will let you in on all the secrets of the local fish and all you have to do is choose whether you want to test your lines with Salmon, Trout, or both.
  • Private trip
    6-Hour Trip—Salmon and Trout (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 20
    $640
    Catch the first sunrays on Long Gone 3 Charters and find out why this 6-hour trip is the captain's favorite. You get more than enough time on the water to catch a brag-worthy Salmon/Trout combo and have fun along the way.
  • Private trip
    6-Hour Trip—Salmon and Trout (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 20
    $640
    Want to spend 6 hours fishing for Trout and Salmon? Book this PM trip on the bountiful Waukegan waters going after Coho and Silver Salmon, as well as Steelhead, Brown, and Lake Trout.
  • Private trip
    5-Hour Trip—Salmon and Trout (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 1
    $580
    Seize your morning and see why so many avid anglers love to be on the water before the sun is out. Morning bite of Salmon (King, Coho) and Trout is good and there's something quite special in watching the sunrise with the peace and beauty that Waukegan waters has to offer.
  • Private trip
    5-Hour Trip—Salmon and Trout (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 1
    $580
    For this fishing adventure, you will go fishing in up to 50' of water for the winning Salmon and Trout combo. Pristine and plentiful waters of Waukegan await!
  • Private trip
    6-Hour Weekday Special (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 20 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $510
    Spend your morning on the water and see why fishing is the best form of vacation. Want to target Trout? Come in the fall and you'll be coming back with a full cooler. Never been Salmon fishing? Book a trip with Long Gone 3 Charters in spring and summer.
  • Private trip
    6-Hour Weekday Special (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $510
    There's nothing quite like catching the sunset on your fishing trip. This afternoon 6-hour trip allows you to go after Salmon and Trout and catch some delicious dinner for yourself and your family. Capt. James is there to help you with everything and share a few laughs.
  • Private trip
    5-Hour Weekday Special (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $450
    Early bird catches the best fish! For this 5-hour trip, you can expect to reel in anything from King Salmon to Lake Trout, depending on when you decide to book your trip. These trips are customizable, so feel free to talk it out with your captain if you want to go after a particular fish species.
  • Private trip
    5-Hour Weekday Special (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $450
    On this 5-hour trip, you will be going after Salmon or Trout. Coho and Silver Salmon, Rainbow and Lake Trout are all in the cards. What kind of fish you catch varies by the season, but the captain will always go where the fish are. If you want to reel in something special, Captain James will let you know where you have the most chance to catch it.

About the Captain

James Goebel
Waukegan, Illinois, United States
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53 Customer Reviews
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Member since May 2018
Captain James has been fishing since he was 7 and is the third generation of passionate anglers. He's been a full-time captain for 11 years now, and nothing makes him happier than seeing smiling and satisfied anglers thanking him for a wonderful trip. James loves teaching kids and novices how to reel in their first fish. His sense of humor and fishing expertise is what makes his customers keep coming back year after year.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Brown Trout Brown Trout
Lake Trout Lake Trout
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon

Salmon (Coho) Coho Salmon

Boat Specs

Trojan (Express cruiser) originally built in 1986, and restored in 2020. Powered by 2 330HP Desal engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 22 knots.

Length
36 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Refrigerator
Multimedia System

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
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Matt J.
South Elgin, IL
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   5-Hour Trip—Salmon and Trout (AM) on June 27, 2021
This trip out on lake Michigan was the kind of day most sportsman only dream about or read of in Field and Stream, our morning...
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La Grange Park, IL
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Full day fishing

VERIFIED   8-Hour Trip—Salmon and Trout on July 26, 2021
Family of 4 (kids 9 and 16 yo) was fishing with Captain James at the end of July. Captian James is a pleasure to deal with...
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5 hour with captain James

VERIFIED   5-Hour Trip—Salmon and Trout (PM) on July 18, 2021
Our fishing trip was awesome I highly recommend fishing with James. He made sure we caught some fish and kept us entertained...
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Bryan C.
West Lafayette, Indiana
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Half Day Trip - Captain Jim

VERIFIED   5-Hour Trip—Salmon and Trout (AM) on May 14, 2021
What can I say, Captain Jim (CJ) is outstanding and makes fishing an absolute blast! I’ve never given anything a five star...
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VERIFIED   5-Hour Trip—Salmon and Trout (AM) on October 9, 2021
Captain was entertaining, knowledgeable and attentive!  To the man all of us agreed this was the best boat, captain and trip...
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FAQs about Long Gone 3 Charters

Long Gone 3 Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group, additional $90 per person after 2 guests - 5-Hour Weekday Special (PM) (5 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $90 per person after 2 guests - 5-Hour Weekday Special (AM) (5 hours)
  • $510 per group, additional $110 per person after 2 guests - 6-Hour Weekday Special (PM) (6 hours)
  • $510 per group, additional $110 per person after 2 guests - 6-Hour Weekday Special (AM) (6 hours)
  • $580 per group, additional $25 per person after 4 guests - 5-Hour Trip—Salmon and Trout (AM) (5 hours)
  • $580 per group, additional $25 per person after 4 guests - 5-Hour Trip—Salmon and Trout (PM) (5 hours)
  • $640 per group, additional $25 per person after 4 guests - 6-Hour Trip—Salmon and Trout (AM) (6 hours)
  • $640 per group, additional $25 per person after 4 guests - 6-Hour Trip—Salmon and Trout (PM) (6 hours)
  • $760 per group, additional $25 per person after 4 guests - 8-Hour Trip—Salmon and Trout (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Long Gone 3 Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Long Gone 3 Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate

Long Gone 3 Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing

Long Gone 3 Charters offers the following fishing technique:
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Long Gone 3 Charters include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)