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The waters in and around the “Windy City” are full of famous freshwater fish. This means that hopping aboard a fishing charter in the Chicago Metropolitan Area, also known as “Chicagoland,” offers up a world of angling opportunities! With a whole host of rivers, reservoirs, and lakes to explore, including the mighty Lake Michigan, there’s no shortage of places to cast your line from.
 
The Great Lakes are well-known for their incredible Salmon and Trout fisheries, and Lake Michigan is no different. The city of Chicago and its many suburbs are perfectly positioned alongside the lake’s western shoreline. You can hook into Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, and Brown Trout. Perch and Walleye are also popular catches. Visit during the start of spring, and you can partake in the local tradition of Smelt fishing!
 
Then you have the Chicago River. It flows from the Chicago Harbor straight into the heart of the city, as well as through nearby locales such as Foster, and is surrounded by landmarks such as the Sears Tower and the historic Tribune Building. The most common catches here are Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, and Crappie. You can also head west of Chicago past O’Hare Airport to Busse Lake, which is bustling with Bass, Walleye, Crappie, Pike, and Catfish.
 
You’ll find local charters dotted all along the lakefront, mostly concentrated around the city of Chicago itself. Guides offer trips that run anywhere from a few hours out on the water to full day trips, so you’ll find something perfectly suited to your needs.
 

Rules & Regulations

Any angler over the age of 16 needs to carry a valid Illinois license if they want to fish in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. This applies whether you’re fishing alone or on a charter.
 
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Fishing with Jory
Noemi B. fished with Monasark Guide Service on September 3, 2020
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Go in early summer. Late June, July, August. There are more fish then.
4 hr with captain Bobby
Candace B. fished with The Hook Up Guide Service on August 27, 2020
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Definitely book a trip with Captain Bobby who is Extremely knowledgeable of the entire lake
6hr trip with Capt Ray
Craig M. fished with Xtasea IV Charters on July 15, 2019
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Get ready to have some tired forearms the fishing is amazing!
5am to 10am Salmon trip!
Jennifer J. fished with Kristy Lynn Charters on July 10, 2019
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This was definitely worth the trip for a first time charter fishing experience and loved that everyone caught something and the captain cleans the fish on the boat and sends home with you!
6 hour a.m. trip
Bryan B. fished with Long Gone 3 Charters on July 10, 2019
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Bring light weight pants to fend off the biting flys that are present during July & summer months.
Half Day With Captain Ron
Brad V. fished with Xtasea IV Charters on July 5, 2019
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Try to book a little earlier when the water is cooler
6 hour trip with Griffin Sport Fishing Charters
John D. fished with Griffin Sport Fishing Charters on June 22, 2019
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The harbour facilities are very good and easy to get to from the town.
Half Day w Frank and Jeremy
David B. fished with Twenty Four VII Charters on June 8, 2019
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This trip was out of Kenosha not Winthrop Harbor.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Chicago Metropolitan Area

According to customer reviews, Twenty Four VII Charters – Kenosha, Breezy 1 Sportfishing, and Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Chicago Metropolitan Area. Full list of top fishing charters in Chicago Metropolitan Area.

Twenty Four VII Charters – Kenosha, Breezy 1 Sportfishing, and Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Chicago Metropolitan Area.

The best way to experience fishing in Chicago Metropolitan Area is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Chicago Metropolitan Area.

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