Thin Blue Line Fishing LLC

Thin Blue Line Fishing welcomes you to Chicago, Illinois. Join Captain Ernesto Babilonia and have lots of fun on the beautiful and fish-rich lakes of the area chasing many interesting species. And if you’re not looking for fishing, the captain also offers you water tubing for single and double riders and sightseeing along the beautiful Chicago River skyline.

Captain Ernesto uses a 20’ Tracker Targa Combo fish and ski boat that can sit 5 guests. It runs on a 200 HP Mercury 4-stroke engine with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots. For navigation, it uses GPS, radio, and 3 Garmin fishfinders with Panoptix live view. The boat’s equipped with a Minn Kota GPS anchoring trolling motor, 2 Cannon downriggers, and a livewell. The boat also features a Bluetooth radio system, TV, and an ice-box. Captain Ernesto has all the updated equipment to help increase your chances to land big fish.

You have a wide choice of fishing places as well as species you can target. The inner and outer Lake Michigan waters offer species including Salmon and Lake Trout, while inland lakes such as Shabbona, Wolf Lake, Channel Lake, and the lake near Round Lake Beach offer Bass, Pike, and Musky.

To catch them, you can bottom fish, troll, spin, jig, as well as pop. The captain will provide life jackets to kids who want to join the trip and you can keep all the fish you catch.

The captain covers you for all the rods, reels, tackle, and lures, meaning you should only bring licenses and the food and drinks of your choice.

Hop aboard and have a true adventure on the waters around Chicago!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 hr Salmon and Trout fishing
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    $750
    6 hrs on Lake Michigan fiahing for Salmon and Trout
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Outer Michigan (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Dec 15
    $440
    You'll go to the Outer Harbor of Lake Michigan and troll and cast for Salmon and Trout.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Outer Michigan (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:45 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Dec 15
    $430
    You'll go to the Outer Harbor of Lake Michigan and troll and cast for Salmon and Trout.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Outer Michigan (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 15 - Dec 15
    $430
    Fishing the Outer Harbor of Lake Michigan will see you target Salmon and Trout. The techniques you'll be using are trolling or casting. You can also start your trip at 6:00 p.m.
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About the Captain

Ernesto Babilonia
Chicago, Illinois, United States
ID & License verified
5 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since October 2020
Captain Ernesto wishes you a warm welcome to Chicago. Let him take you to the various lakes in Illinois and show you the wonders of marine life in this area.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Largemouth) Bass (Largemouth)
Bass (Smallmouth) Bass (Smallmouth)
Brown Trout Brown Trout
Catfish Catfish

Lake Trout Lake Trout
Pike (Northern) Pike (Northern)
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)

Boat Specs

Tracker Targa 19 Combo (Fish and ski) originally built in 2021. Powered by a 200HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures

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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

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Bill B.
Rockville Centre, NY
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Don’t Miss this Charter!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Outer Michigan (AM) on September 6, 2021
My son John & I took the 4 hour charter with Captain Ernesto on Labor Day 2021. The boat was the perfect size for us and was...
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Timothy R.
Kansas City, MO
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Fishing on Easter Sunday with Captain Ernesto

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Channel Lakes (PM) on April 7, 2021
Captain Ernesto was all about making sure that my trip as successful as it could be. He explained all the safety procedures...
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Delvecchio B.
Chicago, Illinois
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Deep lake adventure

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Outer Michigan (PM) on May 28, 2021
It was an excellent experience! Definitely will be doing more charters with Captain Ernesto and Blue Line Fishing Charters. He...
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Joshua T.
Chicago, IL
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Half day trip with capt. Ernesto

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Outer Michigan (AM) on April 18, 2021
Captain Ernesto was an excellent host. Answered all our questions and made sure we were well prepared for the cruise. Would...
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Jeff T.
Texas City, TX
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inner Michigan (PM) on June 6, 2021
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FAQs about Thin Blue Line Fishing LLC

Thin Blue Line Fishing LLC offers the following trips to customers:
  • $360 per group, additional $70 per person after 1 guest - Half Day Trip – Outer Michigan (AM) (4 hours)
  • $360 per group, additional $70 per person after 1 guest - Half Day Trip – Outer Michigan (PM) (4 hours)
  • $370 per group, additional $70 per person after 1 guest - Half Day Trip – Outer Michigan (PM) (4 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $60 per person after 2 guests - 6 hr Salmon and Trout fishing (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Thin Blue Line Fishing LLC, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well (Artificial bait)
  • Multimedia System
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box (Must bring own ICE)

Trips booked with Thin Blue Line Fishing LLC include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures

Thin Blue Line Fishing LLC offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Michigan )
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Channel lake, Wolf Lake, Round lake beach, Shabbon)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing

Thin Blue Line Fishing LLC offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping

Top targeted fish species with Thin Blue Line Fishing LLC include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Brown Trout
  • Catfish
  • Lake Trout
  • Pike (Northern)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)