Come and experience the best that Lake Michigan has to offer with Breezy 1 Charters. Head offshore with an experienced crew, and even take the chance to stay in a lakeside lodge, as you get the most out of the diverse fishery on offer in this Great Lake.

A 2nd generation guide, Captain Shawn Keulen has spent his life on the water. From a young age, he learned exactly what makes a special fishing trip, and puts the customer at the heart of his business. Let him show you what riches the lake has to offer.

Discover exciting fishing grounds up to 8 miles offshore aboard a spacious 40’ Luhrs offshore sportfishing boat. Powered by twin 500 HP Yanmar engines, you’ll speed off after the fish, all the while enjoying the comfortable space. Up to 6 guests are invited to take advantage of the air-conditioned cabin that features a bed, kitchen, fridge, TV, and toilet.

Built with fishing in mind, the downriggers and outriggers will allow you to troll with numerous lines as you seek to entice the bite of some monster fish. Capt. Shawn wants you to be as involved as you’d like, so help set up the lines or sit back and enjoy the stunning surroundings.

Overnight trips will see you stay at the modern and comfortable Illinois Beach Hotel. Overlooking the lake, she’s a delightful place for lodging and putting your feet up after a long day’s fishing.

You’ll need all the rest you can get after spending a day on the water battling it out with some of the Great Lakes’ finest. Monster Salmon and Trout will be biting away at your line. Known for trying to wriggle away and even leap out of the water to get off your line,  you’d better use all your strength to reel ‘em in!

At the end of each trip, the crew will clean and prepare your catch for you to take home, so come prepared to fill your fridge with delicious fish. All you need to do is grab your fishing license, bring some drinks and snacks, and get ready for a memorable experience with Breezy 1 Charters.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Weekend (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 25 - Oct 26 (Sat, Sun)
    $665
    Up to 6 people are welcome aboard, first thing in the morning, to experience the incredible fishing Lake Michigan has to offer. Get out on the productive waters and troll for the bite of a range of delicious Trout and Salmon. Spending 6 hours on the water will allow you plenty of time to reel in a boatful of these beauties, all the while engaging in thrilling fishing.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Weekend (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 25 - Oct 26 (Sat, Sun)
    $665
    Spend your weekend exploring the productive fishery of Lake Michigan. Home to a range of Trout and Salmon, you'll spend 6 hours trying to fill the boat with plenty of delicious fish to take back to shore for a tasty treat. Troll the waters as you hope to entice the bite of these exciting fish, before springing into action at the sound of the screeching reels.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Weekday (AM) 5-6 PAX
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 25 - Oct 26 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $605
    Whether you're a group of 5 or 6, you're invited aboard to experience incredible Trout and Salmon fishing. From Steelheads to Brown Trout, Coho and Chinook Salmon, these waters are full of tough-fighting and delicious fish. Troll to entice the bite and revel in the thrill of the battle against these fish, before heading home with enough fish to fill the fridge.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Weekday (PM) 5-6 PAX
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 25 - Oct 26 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $605
    On this afternoon trip, your group of 5 or 6 people will have the chance to discover the thrilling fishing on offer in Lake Michigan. Troll the waters up to 8 miles offshore as you seek to entice the bite of Brown and Lake Trout, Steelheads, and Coho and Chinook Salmon. These well-known, delicious fish are also popular with anglers all over. Experience the thrill of reeling one in and head home with a big reward.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Weekday (AM) 1-4 PAX
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 25 - Oct 26 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $570
    The first bite of the day is often said to be the best. The hungry fish will bite at anything, so get ready to start the day with a splash. Up to 4 guests are welcome to head out onto Lake Michigan first thing to test their skills and strength against a range of Trout and Salmon, in the hope of returning to shore with a delicious lunch ahead of you.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Weekday (PM) 1-4 PAX
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 25 - Oct 26 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $570
    Whether you're on your own or have a group of up to 4 people, this trip will cater to you. Explore Lake Michigan's famous fishing grounds as you try to fill the boat with delicious Salmon and Trout. These waters are home to a range of both species and, while easy to find, you'll still have to be on your A-game to guide them to the boat. Known for their fight, expect a tough battle as you try to reel 'em in.
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About the Captain

Shawn Keulen
Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, United States
2 Fishing Reports
31 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since October 2018
My experience on these waters dates back to when I was 7 years old and I began fishing with my father. I began working as a first mate on charter boats when I was 13 years old. With over 30 years of experience in the charter industry and multiple generations, fishing is not only in our blood, it's also our passion.

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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

Luhrs (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2005. Powered by 2 500HP Yanmar engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 36 knots.

Length
40 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

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
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
94%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
82%
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Matt L.
West Lafayette, Indiana
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Great day on the lake

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Weekday (PM) 5-6 PAX on September 17, 2021
If you are looking for a charter then look no further.  It was obvious to us Captain Shawn’s objective was to make sure...
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Anne-Michele L.
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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The Best Fishing Day EVER

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Weekday (AM) 1-4 PAX on July 5, 2021
I’m a FL native who grew up fishing and I have NEVER had a day like we had on the Breezy 1. Shawn and Jordan are members...
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Robert S.
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What a great experience!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Weekday (PM) 5-6 PAX on August 12, 2021
We had a perfect family fishing trip aboard the Breezy I.  Captain Sean put us on the fish and we kept he and Jordan busy...
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Ab K.
Libertyville, IL
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3/4 day trip with Captain Shawn

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip – Weekday (AM) 5-6 PAX on September 29, 2021
Even though we went late in the season, captain Shawn and Jordan put us on the fish!  We all had a great time and can’t...
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Dennis B.
McHenry, Illinois
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Half day trip on Lake Michigan with Captain Shawn

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip – Weekday (PM) 1-4 PAX on September 27, 2021
Captain Shawn has been at this for awhile and knew just where to find the fish.
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FAQs about Breezy 1 Sportfishing

Breezy 1 Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $570 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Weekday (AM) 1-4 PAX (6 hours)
  • $570 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Weekday (PM) 1-4 PAX (6 hours)
  • $605 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Weekday (AM) 5-6 PAX (6 hours)
  • $605 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Weekday (PM) 5-6 PAX (6 hours)
  • $665 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Weekend (AM) (6 hours)
  • $665 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Weekend (PM) (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Breezy 1 Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Breezy 1 Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (New every other season)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate (Expected tip of 20%)

Breezy 1 Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Michigan)
  • Nearshore Fishing (Near shore is less that 2 miles)
  • Offshore Fishing (Offshore as much as 36 miles from marina)
  • Reef Fishing (Multiple Reefs around the lake)
  • Wreck Fishing (Ship wrecks within a short run or our marina)

Breezy 1 Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Breezy 1 Sportfishing include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)