Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing

Great Lakes, great fishing, and a great boat. What more could you want? With Fisherman Jim’s Great Lakes Fishing, you’ll experience the incredible Salmon and Trout fishing that Lake Michigan has to offer. Head offshore from Kenosha and catch plenty of these delicious creatures. Captain Jim Matias has been fishing his whole life, running charters for over 10 years. Thanks to his passion and expertise, you’re in for a productive day

You’ll drift across the lake aboard an elite, professional vessel. The 33’ Chris-Craft was built for commercial fishing and can set up 18 rods to troll. Powered by twin 350 HP American-made Crusader engines, you’re in for a smooth ride. While you wait for the bite, you’ll be in complete luxurious surroundings. The cabin is fitted with a toilet, kitchen, bed, TV, and plenty of comfortable seating, so sit back and enjoy the ride.

Fitted with downriggers to help troll, you know this boat means business. Tough-fighting and strong as can be, you’ll need all the help you can get to reel in delicious Coho and Chinook Salmon, as well as Brown, Lake, and Rainbow Trout. Use all your strength to stop them from getting away, and pull them aboard before taking them home. The captain will happily clean and prepare your catch for you, just make sure to bring a cooler to keep them fresh.

You should also bring your own snacks and drinks and keep them cool in the captain’s ice box – alcohol is allowed, just make sure there are no glass bottles. And that’s it, all that’s left for you to do is get booking and come down to Fisherman Jim’s Great Lakes Fishing for a fin-tastic day’s fishing. You’ll even find licenses on board for a mere $14 per person. Capt. Jim is calling you aboard today to see why the Great Lakes are so-called.



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  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Nov 1
    $890
    An 8-hour trip will see you get the most out of Lake Michigan. Spend the whole day trolling for the bite of exciting and delicious Coho and Chinook Salmon, along with Lake, Brown, and Rainbow Trout. These tough-fighting creatures make for delicious table fare, so you'll want to work as hard as possible to reap the rewards.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $890
    Enjoy an afternoon 8-hour trip.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Nov 1
    $690
    This popular trip will give you plenty of time on the water to catch as many delicious Salmon and Trout to take home with you. With Coho and Chinook Salmon, as well as Lake, Brown, and Rainbow Trout here, you're in for a thrilling day of fishing with endless rewards. Try trolling the water tops for the best results and who knows what you'll reel in. Trips can start earlier or later depending on the season, but all you need to do is bring along plenty of snacks and drinks.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Nov 1
    $690
    Get out on Lake Michigan for an incredible afternoon of fishing. Home to King and Coho Salmon, Lake Trout, Brown Trout, and Steelheads, you'll go after some of the most sought-after freshwater fish on the planet. These delicious fish are known for being tough fighters at the end of the line, so you'll have to work hard to get your reward at the end of the day. Bring some drinks and snacks along and make the most of the Great Lakes' stunning fishing opportunities.
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About the Captain

Jim Matias
Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
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ID & License verified
37 Customer Reviews
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Member since April 2016
Having fished all his life, Captain Jim decided to make a profession out of his passion in 2008. He knew that he just loved being on the water and spending every day doing what he loves was never going to be an issue. In fact, it's even better to do it with customers, as he gets to share his enthusiasm and skills with others, and he gets to see the smiles on their faces.

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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

Chris-Craft (Commercial) originally built in 1980. Powered by 2 350HP Crusaders engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
33 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 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

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
PayPal
Checks

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
93%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
96%
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Just Really a Great trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on June 17, 2021
My 3 sons and I did a 6 hour (am) trip with Capt. Jim and I really can’t say enough in a review to cover it.  Jim is a delight. ...
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Jing M.
Buffalo Grove, IL
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Fishing with Jim

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (PM) on June 14, 2021
We chose this event to celebrate my daughter birthday and turned out to be the best birthday activities for my kids! ! Captain...
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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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Half-day afternoon teip with Captain Jim

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (PM) on July 4, 2021
Everything was just perfect!  cptn Jim is a gentleman and a scholar.  My whole family had a great time! The fishing...
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Rockford, IL
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Afternoon trip with Capt Jim

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (PM) on July 21, 2021
Was rough water and a tough bite on Wednesday, but we toughed it out. Capt Jim gave us the option of rescheduling or even a...
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Chicago, IL
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5am half day trip with captain Jim

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip (AM) on August 6, 2021
We had an amazing trip with captain Jim. He is genuine and down to earth and has many tales to tell. He is very knowledgeable...
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FAQs about Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing

Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $690 per group - 6 Hour Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $690 per group - 6 Hour Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $890 per group - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)
  • $890 per group - 8 Hour Trip (PM) (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water)
  • First Mate (On request, works for tips)

Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (U to 20 miles on the lake)

Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling

Top targeted fish species with Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Coho)