Chicago Fishing Charters

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Thin Blue Line Fishing Chicago 27ft
Thin Blue Line Fishing Chicago 27ft

Chicago • 27 ft • 6 persons

‼️DOWNTOWN CHICAGO FISHING‼️ ENGLISH AND SPANISH SPEAKING This listing is for the 27-foot boat "DOIN TIME".

"Nailed the coho had an amazing time second to none will be back..." —⁠ Dustin,
trips fromUS $600
Charter Boat Royalty – 36' Flybridge
Charter Boat Royalty – 36' Flybridge

Chicago • 36 ft • 6 persons

Charter Boat Royalty has a trip with your name on it along the stunning waters of Chicago.

"This river cruise was amazing. Captain Tim and his helper are really good at what they do." —⁠ Irka, Illinois
trips fromUS $675
Long Gone 3 Charters
Long Gone 3 Charters

Waukegan • 36 ft • 6 persons

Discover the fishing secrets of Waukegan, IL and let Long Gone 3 Charters captained by James Goebel show you what makes an astonishing angling adventure!

"Outstanding fishing charter for a 7 yr old. Fished an afternoon charter with my son in law and 7 yr grandson." —⁠ Meghann, IL
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trips fromUS $460
Merganzer Fishing Charters
Merganzer Fishing Charters

Waukegan • 34 ft • 6 persons

Merganzer Fishing Charters offers full-service fishing experiences at a variety of lengths, heading onto Lake Michigan for Salmon, Trout, and Perch.

"Captain Daryl and First Mate Erik made the experience a very memorable trip." —⁠ Tristin,
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trips fromUS $650
Wild Dog Good Guide Service
Wild Dog Good Guide Service

Homewood • 21 ft • 3 persons

Wild Dog Good Guide Service offers hands-on charters for a wide variety of species.
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trips fromUS $500
Abby Fishing Charters
Abby Fishing Charters

Waukegan • 34 ft • 6 persons

Based out of Waukegan, Abby Fishing Charters is your ticket to a memorable time on the water.

"We had a great time with Capitan Andy! We were up from Louisiana Working and decided to go Fishing." —⁠ Mark, LA
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trips fromUS $550
Bear King Fishing
Bear King Fishing

Waukegan • 36 ft • 6 persons

Bear King Fishing is located on Lake Michigan at Waukegan Harbor in Illinois.
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trips fromUS $600
Jawzon Charter Services
Jawzon Charter Services

Waukegan • 36 ft • 6 persons

Looking to troll for the big ones out of Waukegan? Then Jawzon Charter Services with Captain Jim Stepp is your man, Captain Jim is a professional fishermen in his spare time he fishes tournaments on Lake Michigan, Captain Jim has won over 30 tournaments in his career and has been boat of the year 4 times, he is still very active in the tournament schedule when you come out on the Jawzon a 36 foot tiara tournament boat you will see some of the best equipment there is to fish with today, Captain Jim show's you how he catches big ones and lots of them Before coming aboard, you'll need to buy a local fishing license for everyone in your group that is 16 .o

"Because of a significant chance of rain and wind, Captain Jim decided on a secondary destination closer to shore." —⁠ Richard, Iowa
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trips fromUS $700
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Fishing in Chicago

As famous for its incredible jazz music scene as its controversial deep dish pizza, it’s fair to say that the Windy City’s diverse on-land opportunities often steal the show. Don’t let ‘em distract you from hopping aboard one of the many Chicago fishing charters on offer! With Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and a variety of other freshwater fisheries at your disposal, this metropolis is the perfect place to experience some exciting angling action.
 
Chicago is located right along Lake Michigan’s southwestern shoreline, which means you’ll have access to some world-famous fish. Explore the lake’s shallow inshore waters on a half day trip, and you’ll encounter Perch, Crappie, and Smallmouth Bass. Want to plumb the depths of the lake’s offshore waters? Opt for a full day trip, and your potential targets could include Chinook and Coho Salmon, huge Lake and Brown Trout, and Steelhead.
 
Then there’s the Chicago River. This waterway runs through downtown Chicago, making it one of the most accessible fisheries around. A short day trip will give you plenty of time to cast a line for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass from one of the harbors dotted around the city. A longer trip will let you head to the river’s productive North Shore Channel, which is one of the hottest Bass fisheries in the state of Illinois. There’s plenty of lagoons and lakes to check out, too.
 
Thanks to the Chicago Harbor system, you’ll find plenty of fishing charters dotted all around the city, no matter which fishery you want to explore. The harbor system is a collection of connected slips, walkways, piers, and other permanent structure that stretch from the north to south sides of the city. You’ll have plenty of options to choose from!

 

Rules & Regulations

Any angler over the age of 16 needs to carry a valid Illinois license, whether fishing alone or on a charter.

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Chicago Fishing Seasons

January

Lake Michigan is pretty quiet, but you can still start the year off with a bang by focus your attention along the lakefront and around the harbors. Perch, Panfish, Salmon, and Trout are biting!

February

Chicago's lakefront and harbors remain the best place to cast a line during this month. Wrap up warm, grab your rods and reels, and you could find anything from Trout, to Salmon, to Panfish at the end of your line.

March

The action on Lake Michigan is heating up! The Steelhead spawning run has begun, so you'll find 'em in the lake, joined by Lake Trout. Head to the Chicago River and you'll encounter Largemouth Bass and Panfish.

April

Salmon and Trout enthusiasts, rejoice! The section of Lake Michigan between Chicago and Waukegan is bustling with Coho and Rainbow varieties. Head to the harbours, lakefront, or hop aboard a charter.

May

This time of year offers up some of the most exciting angling action around, along the river, on the lake, and in the lagoons. Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Panfish, Perch...who knows what you'll hook into!

June

Head to Lake Michigan and you'll encounter huge Coho, as well as King Salmon. Lake Trout reach an impressive size here, too. On the Chicago River, Panfish are a popular catch, and Bass reign supreme in the lagoons.

July

This is the time to hit Chicago's lakefront if you're looking for tackle-busting King Salmon! They're joined by Trout varieties. The river is bustling with Bass and Panfish, and so are the lagoons.

August

Huge Chinook Salmon are plentiful on Lake Michigan in this month, and are joined by their smaller (but no less fiercer!) cousins, Coho. Bass are still available along the river and in the lagoons. 

September

Lake Trout are lurking along the reefs in Lake Michigan, and Chinooks and Steelhead can still be hooked. The Chicago River is inhabited by Crappie, Bluegill, and Bass varieties. 

October

Brown and Lake Trout swarm Lake Michigan. King Salmon are also in the cards. Perch can also be hooked, so bring the kids along and teach 'em the magic of fishing this Great Lake. Bass are still plentiful in the river.

November

The action on Lake Michigan starts to calm down, but you can still hook into Steelhead and Salmon varieties. Bass varieties and Panfish lurk the lagoons and the Chicago River.

December

End your year in the right way by heading out on a Chicago fishing trip! Steelhead and Lake Trout are still active along the lakefront. If the waters around the harbors are frozen, try your hand at ice fishing for Perch. 

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