River Valley Charter Service Llc

I was born and raised in Central Illinois, my dad and his friends took me fishing every weekend. Since I can remember, I have been catching fish in Central Illinois from strip pits to the river and all places in between. I am a 21 year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard where I learned how to operate various sized watercraft retiring in 2019. I obtained my Merchant Mariner Credentials from Explorers Guide LLC and started River Valley Charter Service LLC in 2019. You will get a one on one seminar on the different tips and techniques used on the waters of Central Illinois. You will also get tips on electronics and what I look for on the screen to know where to start fishing. I enjoy talking with all my clients and making lifelong friendships while out on the water! 

We offer fully equipped guided fishing trips on the Illinois River and the surrounding areas. We also offer river tours where you can sit back and enjoy a nice time on the water and learn the area and photograph the wonderful scenery including changing fall colors and eagles.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full day fishing trip.
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Nov 30 (Sun)
    $500
    Illinois River or local lake depending on where the bite is.
  • Private trip
    Half day fishing afternoon trip.
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Nov 30 (Sat, Sun)
    $300
    Illinois River or local lake depending on where the bite is.
  • Private trip
    Half day fishing morning trip.
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Nov 30 (Mon, Sun)
    $300
    Illinois River or local lake depending on where the bite is.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour River Tour
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Nov 30
    $150
    This is a 3 hour trip along the Illinois River Valley for fall leaf colors or wildlife observation. The Valley is home to many waterfowl, and Bald Eagles great for photographers.
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About the Captain

Austin Griggs
Chillicothe, Illinois, United States
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5 Customer Reviews
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Member since August 2021
I grew up fishing in Central IL when I was old enough to hold a pole. I did some bass tournament angling on the IL and Miss Rivers and Lakes around IL placing 1st and 2nd in several of those. After retiring from the Coast Guard in 2019 and having all the requirements to obtain a Captain’s license I decided to start the company.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Bass (Smallmouth) Smallmouth Bass
Bass (White) White Bass
Carp Carp

Crappie Crappie
Sauger Sauger
Walleye Walleye

Boat Specs

Vexus (Angler) originally built in 2021. Powered by a 200HP Mercury V8 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 46 knots.

Length
19 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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
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
Checks
Bank Transfer

Customer Reviews

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Jordan K.
Peoria, IL
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Half day fishing morning trip. on May 29, 2021
Austin was a very professional guide respecting safety and comfort ability first. On top of that he was great at teaching and...
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Half day fishing morning trip. on July 31, 2021
Awesome boat, awesome guide, and an awesome guy! Very knowledgeable and works hard to make sure the client has the best experience...
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Nate H.
Chicago, Illinois
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Multi Species River Trip!

Half day fishing afternoon trip. on June 17, 2021
Wanted to experience as much of the Illinois River near Peoria as possible and got to do it all! White Bass, Largemouth, Catfish,...
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Deb P.
United States
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March fishing trip

Full day fishing trip. on March 9, 2020
Fishing with Austin was a great time.  An experience not to be missed.  He is a great guide and fun to be with.  very comfortable...
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Dick L.
Moline, Illinois
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Morning fishing with Austin

Half day fishing morning trip. on July 16, 2020
Great experience! Caught & released 84 fish!!      
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FAQs about River Valley Charter Service Llc

River Valley Charter Service Llc offers the following trips to customers:
  • $150 per group - 3 Hour River Tour (3 hours)
  • $300 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half day fishing morning trip. (6 hours)
  • $300 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half day fishing afternoon trip. (6 hours)
  • $500 per group - Full day fishing trip. (8 hours)

When you book a trip with River Valley Charter Service Llc, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS (Humminbird Helix 9)
  • Fishfinder (Humminbird Helix 9)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with River Valley Charter Service Llc include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures

River Valley Charter Service Llc offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Illinois River)
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Evergreen)

River Valley Charter Service Llc offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with River Valley Charter Service Llc include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Bass (White)
  • Carp
  • Crappie
  • Sauger
  • Walleye