Xtasea IV Charters

Xtasea IV Charters has only one goal – to make sure that you have a wonderful experience in the Great Lakes. Based out of Waukegan IL, you’ll have access to the rich waters of Lake Michigan, going after some of the nation’s favorite, most delicious freshwater fish.

Captains Ray, Joe, and Micky grew up on the shores of the lake and have known nothing but fishing their whole lives. With over 50 years of experience fishing here, they promise you the pleasure of a lifetime.

With a large flybridge, the 37’ Silverton convertible is one of the largest, most spacious vessels on Lake Michigan. The air-conditioned cabin features plenty of space for up to 6 guests, and comes fitted with a galley, bunk, and full head toilet. With a TV and Bluetooth speakers, you’re sure to stay entertained as your captain steers you toward the prime fishing grounds.

When it comes to the fishing, the Xtasea IV doesn’t skimp either. Fitted with downriggers and outriggers, you’ll troll a vast expanse of water, going after the range of delicious Salmon and Trout that call these waters their home. Slow trolling is one of the more effective methods of fishing Lake Michigan, but you can also drift fish if you’d like to go after Perch.

Passionate natives to these shores, your captains want you to get the most out of your trip. Hop aboard an overnight excursion and stay in a local fishing lodge to get the full Illinois fishing experience. Come to the dock refreshed and ready for a day of fishing and you’re sure to fill the boat!

Everything you need for a productive day on the water is taken care of. Just make sure to grab your fishing license and feel free to bring any drinks or snacks you may like aboard. The crew will clean and fillet your catch at the end of the trip, so don’t fill up too much! Come aboard Xtasea IV Charters and discover the greatness of Lake Michigan.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2 Day Trip – Weekend (Lodging)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Day Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    Overnight stay, lodging
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 1 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $1,890
    price breakdown
    $1,890
    What better way to enjoy the weekend than with a getaway, and even better yet, a fishing getaway? Spend 2 days fishing and a night in some comfortable lodgings, making the most of your weekend with those you're closest to. You'll head out to Lake Michigan's productive waters for an afternoon's fishing before retreating to the warmth of the lodge to devour your catch and earn some rest. Then next morning you'll head out first thing with the aim of filling your freezer with Trout, Salmon, and Perch.
  • Private trip
    2 Day Trip – Weekday (Lodging)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Day Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    Overnight stay, lodging
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $1,710
    price breakdown
    $1,710
    Get the most out of your fishing trip on Lake Michigan by spending 2 days battling it out with the wealth of fishing on offer and spend one night enjoying yourself away from home. Spend an afternoon fishing before retreating to the lodge to savor your catch, before a bright and early start the next morning to fill your own freezer. Everything you need will be taken care of, so get ready for a thrilling experience going after Salmon, Trout, and Perch in style.
  • Private trip
    Overnight Trip – Weekend (Lodging)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 1 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $1,220
    price breakdown
    $1,220
    It's the end of the week, so why not treat yourself? A night away and an exciting fishing trip with those close to you is just what the doctor ordered. Spend 6 hours fishing and one night – either before or after – in comfortable surroundings. Everyone on board will be looked after as you fill the boat with delicious Salmon, Trout, and Perch, and fulfill all your dreams by enjoying the perfect getaway when you most deserve it.
  • Private trip
    Overnight Trip – Weekday (Lodging)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $1,100
    price breakdown
    $1,100
    Spend the night in comfortable lodgings before going fishing or recover in the evening after filling the boat. You decide what you want to do, so let your captain know whether you'd like to go lodging before or after your trip. This trip includes 6 hours on the water – morning or afternoon – and lodging for up to 6 guests in comfortable surroundings. Make the most of your fishing trip and treat yourself properly.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Weekend (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 1 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $710
    price breakdown
    $710
    Spending 6 hours on the water is the perfect way to spend your weekend. Don't waste a second of your free time and get out on the water at dawn to catch the first bite of the day and work your way up until lunch trying to fill the boat with something delicious to take home. Lake Michigan is overflowing with Salmon, Trout, and Perch just waiting to be caught, so come and fill your boots and fill the boat too. Just make sure to contact your captain as departure times may change.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Weekend (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 1 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $710
    price breakdown
    $710
    From Friday through Sunday, you have the chance to get on the water and grab the weekend with both hands. Don't waste away, live a little and come aboard to discover Lake Michigan's rich fishery. You'll spend your afternoon trolling or drift fishing, as you seek to fill the boat with delicious Salmon, Trout, and Perch. These tasty creatures will also put up a fight, so get ready for a workout too. The departure time may change, so get in touch with the captain before traveling.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Weekday (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    Make the most of your day and get out on the water first thing in the morning for a thrilling 6 hours of fishing. Spend your time fishing for lunch, and target some of the nation's most prized freshwater species. In Lake Michigan, you'll find a wealth of exciting fish as you troll and drift fish to fill the boat with Perch, Trout, and Salmon. Get your fish on and get your thrills as you discover the wealth of the Great Lakes' impressive fishery.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Weekday (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    Get that little bit extra out of your fishing trip to the Great Lakes and spend 6 hours on the water, maximizing your fishing time. Take advantage of the lower prices during weekdays and experience the thrill of fishing some of the most productive waters in the US. You'll mix it up between trolling and drift fishing in a bit to lure Salmon, Trout, and Perch to the end of your line. Try to fill the boat and head home with a tasty treat. Departure times may vary depending on the time of year.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Weekend (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 1 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $610
    price breakdown
    $610
    After a long week at work, what better way to kick back and unwind than with a day on the water? Get up bright and early and make the most of your weekend by spending 5 hours on the water going fishing for some of the country's most prized and delicious freshwater fish. You'll troll to catch Salmon and Trout, while you can also bottom fish for Perch on this exciting half-day trip. Make sure to contact your captain beforehand as departure times can change.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Weekend (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 1 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $610
    price breakdown
    $610
    It's the weekend and you deserve your rest without having to miss out on the fun! Get out on the water for 5 hours and engage in some serious fishing like never before. Five hours on Lake Michigan's productive waters will have you hooked on Great Lakes fishing as you troll and drift fish to try to fill the boat with delicious Salmon, Trout, and Perch. These dinner table staples are also fun to catch, so get ready for a thrilling day. Beware that the departure time can change based on the time of year.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Weekday (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    Between Monday and Thursday, you'll have the chance to take advantage of the discounted rates to experience some of the best freshwater fishing in the US. Discover the riches of the Great Lakes as you head out of Illinois and get your fish on. Depending on the time of year, the departure time could change, but that will have no bearing on the fishing. Troll for the bite of tasty Salmon and Trout or drift fish for Perch and head home with a boatful of delicious fish.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Weekday (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 1 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    From Monday through Thursday, you'll have the chance to get out on the Great Lakes' productive waters for an exciting excursion. Head to the rich fishing spots that make Lake Michigan famous and go after some prized fish. You'll mainly be trolling for the bite of delicious Salmon and Trout, but you can also engage in some drift fishing for Perch. Departure time can change based on the time of year and the captain's schedule, so get in touch.

About the Captain

Ray Stare
Waukegan, Illinois, United States
3 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
28 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since May 2019
I and the other two captains that work aboard Xtasea IV Charters grew up together fishing on Lake Michigan. All three of us each have 50 years of experience fishing on Lake Michigan. We decided to all get our credentials so we can share our passion for Lake Michigan with others. We have seen the place evolve over the last 50 years, and we are always keeping up with the very latest techniques and equipment.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Brown Trout Brown Trout
Lake Trout Lake Trout
Perch (Yellow) Perch (Yellow)
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)
Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)

Boat Specs

Silverton (Convertible) originally built in 1997. Powered by 2 305HP 305 Cruisers engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 21 knots.

Length
37 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.99
out of 5 stars from 28 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
August fishing trip
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Half day trip with Captain Ray
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Angler Rating
24
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
86%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Jennifer M.

The captain canceled

VERIFIED   August 23, 2020
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Xiaochun H.
Naperville, IL
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Half Day trip with Captain Ray

VERIFIED   Special 5 hours trip for Xiaochun Hu on August 9, 2020
We had a great time fishing on Xtasea with Captain Ray and first mate Joe. The boat is in excellent condition, very comfortable...
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Robert V.
Chicago, IL
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Morning Trip with Captain Ray and First Mate Dave

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Weekend (AM) on August 14, 2020
They had us on the fish from the jump.  My 12 year old son got to reel in three ~25 pound salmon plus some, my 10 year...
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Joshua N.
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Half day trip - good fishing

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Weekday (PM) on August 11, 2020
Great trip.  We were fortunate enough to catch all 4 species, Lake trout, Steelhead, Coho, and King.  Highlight was...
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Timothy D.
Barrington, Illinois
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Twins and Dad

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Weekday (AM) on June 23, 2020
Great trip. 7 fish by 7:00 am. Limit by 10:00. Captain Ray and Dave constantly changing flies/lures to get fish. 19 Coho of...
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