Chicago Metropolitan Area

38 Fishing Charters

Chicago Metropolitan Area Fishing Charters

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Chicago Metropolitan Area: 38 fishing charters available

Finquest Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(49 reviews)
Kenosha
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $620

Twenty Four VII Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Winthrop Harbor
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $750

Twenty Four VII Charters – Kenosha

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
Kenosha
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $750

Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(59 reviews)
Kenosha
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $690

Long Gone 3 Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(65 reviews)
Waukegan
 Instant Confirmation

Merganzer Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(63 reviews)
Waukegan
 Instant Confirmation

Tactical Angling

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(14 reviews)
Delavan
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $475

Skyward Salmon Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(18 reviews)
Kenosha
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $600

Kristy Lynn Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(74 reviews)
Waukegan
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Storm Force Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Winthrop Harbor
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trips from $630

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Chicago Metropolitan Area

The average price for a private 4 hour Chicago Metropolitan Area fishing trip is $497, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $711 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Finquest Sportfishing, Twenty Four VII Charters, and Twenty Four VII Charters – Kenosha are some of the most popular fishing charters in Chicago Metropolitan Area. Full list of top fishing charters in Chicago Metropolitan Area.

Finquest Sportfishing, Twenty Four VII Charters, and Twenty Four VII Charters – Kenosha all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Chicago Metropolitan Area.

The most popular fish species you can target are Lake Trout, Coho Salmon, and Rainbow Trout (Steelhead). Top fishing techniques include trolling, light tackle, and heavy tackle. Lake fishing, nearshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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.
 
Chicago Metropolitan Area
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

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Enjoy! A motion sickness pre trip, wasn’t real bad but times of feeling a little queasy could be eliminated with some motion sickness medication. OTC
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Enjoy! A motion sickness pre trip, wasn’t real bad but times of feeling a little queasy could be eliminated with some motion sickness medication. OTC
John  A.
John A. United States
Just go out there with the mindset of having A great time and you’ll catch the fish. Look forward into making it a memorable experience. Enjoy yourself.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just go out there with the mindset of having A great time and you’ll catch the fish. Look forward into making it a memorable experience. Enjoy yourself.
Timothy  M.
Timothy M. Chicago, IL
Fishing isn’t always catching. Be patient and if you don’t catch fish the first time try again. So worth the wait and a wonderful sport.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing isn’t always catching. Be patient and if you don’t catch fish the first time try again. So worth the wait and a wonderful sport.
Mary  L.
Mary L. Elgin, IL
Lake Geneva is a large body of water with great depth and submerged structure. You need an experienced guide to navigate these waters for the first time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Lake Geneva is a large body of water with great depth and submerged structure. You need an experienced guide to navigate these waters for the first time.
Robert  S.
Robert S. Chicago, IL
Definitely book a trip with Captain Bobby who is Extremely knowledgeable of the entire lake
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely book a trip with Captain Bobby who is Extremely knowledgeable of the entire lake
Candace  B.
Candace B. Hinsdale, IL
Bring light weight pants to fend off the biting flys that are present during July & summer months.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Bring light weight pants to fend off the biting flys that are present during July & summer months.
Bryan  B.
Bryan B. Arlington Heights, IL
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!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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!
Jennifer  J.
Jennifer J. Chicago, IL
Bring warm clothing. The lake this time of year is a cold trap and cools the air above it.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Bring warm clothing. The lake this time of year is a cold trap and cools the air above it.
Michael  K.
Michael K. Chicago, IL
Dress for the weather. Be prepared for any weather so you are comfortable with any type of conditions. Take water and snacks and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress for the weather. Be prepared for any weather so you are comfortable with any type of conditions. Take water and snacks and have fun.
Joseph  G.
Joseph G. Milwaukee, WI
Get a charter with Ray and Joe at Xtasea IV Charter for a great weekend fun day with your friends!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a charter with Ray and Joe at Xtasea IV Charter for a great weekend fun day with your friends!
Ryan  S.
Ryan S. Lake Forest, Illinois
You do need fishing license but you don’t have to buy it on line. There are places in town that sell license
Excellent
4.7 / 5
You do need fishing license but you don’t have to buy it on line. There are places in town that sell license
Cheryl  R.
Cheryl R. United States
Bring proper clothing ,sunblock and a great attitude ! remember it's the experience not the poundage of fillets. Although you may get both. There are no guarantees. Good luck.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Bring proper clothing ,sunblock and a great attitude ! remember it's the experience not the poundage of fillets. Although you may get both. There are no guarantees. Good luck.
Robert  R.
Robert R. Mokena, Illinois
You get the most out of the experience if you get on a boat. Otherwise, look at local rivers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You get the most out of the experience if you get on a boat. Otherwise, look at local rivers.
Mo  J.
Mo J. United States

Salmon Chaser Charters
Salmon Chaser Charters
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(10 reviews)
Got this trip last minute after our other captain cancelled our trip. Rough water with 3-5 foot waves was interesting but after we got to deep water, we killed it. Shane knows his stuff and I would highly recommend him as a guide.
Bryan  K.
Bryan K. Sycamore, Illinois
The Hook Up Guide Service
The Hook Up Guide Service
Fishing charter in Lake Geneva
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(42 reviews)
Overall good experience. Communication prior to the trip excellent. Captain Bob was punctual and got us onto some good fish. Equipment was all excellent.
Michael  M.
Michael M. Winnebago, IL
Guide Ide Fishing Service – 19'
Guide Ide Fishing Service – 19'
Fishing charter in Williams Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(38 reviews)
Our adventure exceeded expectations! Doug is great! Learned a lot, had a ton of fun and we can’t wait to do it again! Javier, Marty & Phil
Philip  K.
Philip K. Milwaukee, WI
Storm Force Sportfishing
Storm Force Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Winthrop Harbor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
The boat was clean and well maintained. When we arrived at 5 AM the captain and crew were ready and waiting. The fishing was excellent. Captain Blake found the fish and kept us on them. He has a good network of fellow charter captains that allows him keep informed on what the fish are biting on. We had great weather but it was clear that safety came first. I would recommend Storm Force to anyone.
Michael  L.
Michael L. St. Charles, IL
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(59 reviews)
Capt. Jim turned a rough water day into a great day on the lake. It took a little time but he put us on the fish. We will definately go fishing with him again.
Brian  F.
Brian F. West Point, IA
Finquest Sportfishing
Finquest Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
Tim is great guide and put us on fish all morning. First time big lake fishing for us and we'll definitely do it again.
Ben  J.
Ben J. Williams Bay, WI
Twenty Four VII Charters
Twenty Four VII Charters
Fishing charter in Winthrop Harbor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Booked the half day trip out of Kenosha. From start to finish, we had a fantastic time. Never doubted for a moment that Captain Frank would get us on the fish. And he sure delivered! A great time was had by all. Top quality from the boat, the local knowledge, the patience, the professionalism and the neatly packaged filets we’ll be eating for weeks!! Do not hesitate to book with Twenty Four VII Charters - you will not be disappointed.
Robert  S.
Robert S. Glenview, IL
Merganzer Fishing Charters
Merganzer Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Waukegan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
Thank you for your hard work and flexibility! A specially for not canceling the trip because of bad weather and working in rain.
Jack  O.
Jack O. Alpharetta, GA
Twenty Four VII Charters – Kenosha
Twenty Four VII Charters – Kenosha
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(63 reviews)
Captain Frank runs a very tight ship. He’s an excellent captain and very efficient. He put us on the fish and we had a great time. That fish was a lot of captains, and Frank is one of the best. The boats are clean, large and comfortable.
Matt  M.
Matt M. MERRIONETT PK, IL
Thin Blue Line Fishing – Chicago 27
Thin Blue Line Fishing – Chicago 27
Fishing charter in Chicago
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
We were in Chicago from Kansas City, for the Elton John concert. I purchased this trip for my grandson's as an early birthday present. They had an absolute wonderful time. It was something they will always remember. Captain Ernesto was wonderful, we will definitely book again if we make our way back to Chicago. Thank you Captain Ernesto.
Karen  K.
Karen K. Blue Springs, MO
Hunters Charters
Hunters Charters
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(57 reviews)
Our original day rained out but he arranged another day while we were still there. It was foggy but the crew worked hard and helped us get several good fish.
Ben  B.
Ben B. Bethany, MO
Twenty Four VII Charters
Twenty Four VII Charters
Fishing charter in Winthrop Harbor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Captain Frank is the best. Knows the lake, and will make sure you have fun and catch fish
Ed  K.
Ed K. Streamwood, IL
Hunters Charters
Hunters Charters
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(57 reviews)
We plan to do more trips in the future with multiple groups. We want all our friends and family to experience these kinds of fishing trips.
Andrew  K.
Andrew K. Milwaukee, WI
Twenty Four VII Charters – Kenosha
Twenty Four VII Charters – Kenosha
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
Captain frank was very helpful with the newer fishers and he really did anything he could to make the trip memorable
Cole  J.
Cole J. Milwaukee, WI
Finquest Sportfishing
Finquest Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(49 reviews)
We had a great time thanks to Captain Tim. Captain Tim is very professional in the way he set us up to catch fish on our trip. We weren’t expecting much during the noontime but Captain Tim did his best and we ended up catching several fishes. I would definitely use Captain Tim again. I highly recommend him to anyone who’s looking to charter out of Kenosha Wisconsin. Captain Tin will give you an Excellent experience. Thanks Captain Tim see you on our next Adventure.
Timothy  M.
Timothy M. Chicago, IL
Twenty Four VII Charters
Twenty Four VII Charters
Fishing charter in Winthrop Harbor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Captain Frank and Twenty Four VII were very professional and had us well positioned for a great day of fishing amongst friends. Captain Frank had us well prepared even with a mixed experience group and was very attentive the entire time. He almost immediately would spot if we hooked something even when it wasn’t obvious. We caught a mix of steelhead, lake trout, and salmon. Would highly recommend!
Robert  M.
Robert M. Glenview, IL
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(59 reviews)
We had a great time! Captain Jim was awesome! He knew what he was doing, knew the lake, lots of knowledge that he shared and some great conversation in between catches.
Craig  M.
Craig M. Blaine, MN
Long Gone 3 Charters
Long Gone 3 Charters
Fishing charter in Waukegan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(65 reviews)
I achieved grand slam of spices with captain! I caught huge steel head and king salmon and brown trout! I will absolutely choose this captain if I come here again!
Satoru  T.
Satoru T. Maryville, TN
Thin Blue Line Fishing – Chicago 27
Thin Blue Line Fishing – Chicago 27
Fishing charter in Chicago
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Capt Ernesto and Leo were super patient with is-some had never even attempted to catch fish this big! We had a ton of fish biting and reeled in just enough! Day of hard work and fun!!
Jennifer  C.
Jennifer C. South Riding, VA
Thin Blue Line Fishing – Chicago 27
Thin Blue Line Fishing – Chicago 27
Fishing charter in Chicago
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
We had a great time , Weather worked out perfect so as the fishing 🎣 😀. Ernesto is very knowledgeable captain and he'll do whatever it takes to find the fish 👌🙂 l would highly recommend fish trip with Ernesto !
Maciej  W.
Maciej W. Chicago, IL