Starved Rock Guide Service

Operating out of Oglesby, Illinois, Starved Rock Guide Service invites you to spend an incredible day fishing with them and create unforgettable memories together. Their main goal is for their customers to have an exciting outdoor experience, catch as many trophies as they can, and become better anglers for their future fishing endeavors.

Join Captain Mike Hanson aboard his brand new 21’ performance Ranger boat, out on the water in 2018. It still has that new boat smell and comes equipped with the latest navigational and safety gear, twin 350 HP Verado engines, a wireless trolling motor, outriggers, and downriggers. You and up to three other anglers will also have access to the onboard live bait tank and an ice-box.

Captain Mike will take you to the hottest river, lake, and backcountry fisheries and it will usually take you 15-60 minutes to reach the most productive spots, depending on the seasonal migration patterns.

Depending on your preferences and the bite, your hit list will include Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Hybrid Striped Bass, Catfish, Crappie, and Sauger. You’ll get the chance to master your cast during the trip and learn new trolling, jigging, and bottom fishing hacks.

Kids 6 and older are also invited to join in the fun and learn a lot about fishing. The captain will take care of all the fishing gear, live bait, and lures. You just have to buy a valid fishing license before the trip and the rest will be history. It’s time to reach that personal best!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $675
    Besides putting you on the best location in the area for what you would like to catch, Starved Rock Guide Service are also pioneering new fishing techniques, tackle, and other equipment that you will be among the first to see and possibly use. Depending on your fishing desires, the captain will take you after Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Hybrid Striped Bass, Catfish, Crappie, and Sauger.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $575
    This afternoon trip will see you fishing for Walleye, Hybrid Striped Bass, Catfish, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, and Sauger. You'll also get to learn new fishing techniques and try the exclusive fishing gear, all pioneered by Starved Rock Guide Service.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 15 hours ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $475
    If you're an early riser who can't wait to be on the water, this trip is made for you! The captain will do everything he can to put you on the likes of Hybrid Striped Bass, Catfish, Crappie, Sauger, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye. He'll also take you to the most productive fisheries, show you his perfected techniques, and you'll get to use the latest fishing gear.
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About the Captain

Mike Hanson
Oglesby, Illinois, United States
16 Customer Reviews
Response time 5 hours
Member since June 2018
Captain Mike Hanson owns and operates Starved Rock Guide Service. He has been fishing in tournaments for 10 years and he is nationally ranked. He has won numerous awards but thinks it's now time to show what he learned! Capt. Mike likes fishing at veterans and kids' events. He thinks it's important to bring kids outside and for them to connect to nature. The captain is also a member of many fishing clubs, a father of 4, and a grandfather of 3, with his lovely wife supporting him.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Largemouth) Bass (Largemouth)
Bass (Smallmouth) Bass (Smallmouth)
Catfish Catfish
Crappie Crappie

Hybrid Striped Bass Hybrid Striped Bass
Sauger Sauger
Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

Ranger (Performance) originally built in 2020. Powered by 2 350HP Verado engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Bowfishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
First Mate

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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
PayPal

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
92%
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Rachel B.
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4 Hr Fishing Trip with Mike

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on September 18, 2021
We had a wonderful time on our fishing trip with Mike. We highly recommend this to everyone! We learned a lot and also had...
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Art L.
Naperville, IL
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Half day with Capt. Mike

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on September 25, 2021
Most knowledgeable Capt. we have ever had. Great teacher and professional in every way. Look forward to getting back on the...
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Katherine S.
Auburn, CA
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Well worth the detour

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on May 23, 2021
Traveling from Baltimore Maryland to California with my son. Decided to break up the drive and go fishing. Had an awesome time....
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Mike P.
Rockford, IL
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on June 18, 2021
My dad and I had a great time.  Learned some techniques and we were joking with each other right from the start. Captain Mike...
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Greg W.
Saint Charles, IL
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Half day with captain Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on October 28, 2020
Captain Mike not only provided us with a great fishing experience but also a great teaching experience for my grandchildren....
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FAQs about Starved Rock Guide Service

Starved Rock Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $475 per group, additional $60 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $575 per group, additional $60 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $675 per group, additional $60 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Starved Rock Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Starved Rock Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • First Mate

Starved Rock Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Starved Rock Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Bowfishing ($20 rental fee)

Top targeted fish species with Starved Rock Guide Service include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Hybrid Striped Bass
  • Sauger
  • Walleye