Chicago Metropolitan Area

39 Fishing Charters

Chicago Metropolitan Area Fishing Charters

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Chicago Metropolitan Area: 39 fishing charters available

Finquest Sportfishing

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

Twenty Four VII Charters – Kenosha

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

Twenty Four VII Charters

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

Long Gone 3 Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(72 reviews)
Waukegan
 Instant Confirmation

Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Kenosha
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $690

Tactical Angling

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

Skyward Salmon Charters

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

High Life Sport Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(24 reviews)
Kenosha
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $580

Storm Force Sportfishing

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

Musky Mob Guide Service Fox Chain

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(12 reviews)
Antioch
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trips from $400

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Chicago Metropolitan Area

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Chicago Metropolitan Area are: Full list of top fishing charters in Chicago Metropolitan Area

The average price for a private 4 hour Chicago Metropolitan Area fishing trip is $498, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $726 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Chicago Metropolitan Area that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Chicago Metropolitan Area are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in Chicago Metropolitan Area are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Chicago Metropolitan Area are:

Many fishing charters in Chicago Metropolitan Area provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Chicago Metropolitan Area are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Chicago Metropolitan Area are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – $419
  • 5-hour fishing trips – $590
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $699
  • 8-hour fishing trips – $818
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $700

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 25048 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

Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
This guy is amazing! My husband and four of his closest friends and family went out with Captain Jim and had a blast. His knowledge and skill plus the memories made were so much fun. My husbands 60th birthday party was definitely a success. Thank you Captain Jim!
Sarah  W.
Sarah W. Elgin, Illinois
Finquest Sportfishing
Finquest Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(54 reviews)
It was a cold, windy and the water was very waving this morning, but Capt. Tim and group hung in there and came up with every one, 6 of us catching some really nice large fish. Sorry I do not know how to add photo's but would love to share if I could. Hoping to do it again next year, but sooner in the summer not at the end. We still had a good time despite a couple challenges. Highly recommend !!!
Oscar  G.
Oscar G. Chicago, IL
Guide Ide Fishing Service – 19'
Guide Ide Fishing Service – 19'
Fishing charter in Williams Bay
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(39 reviews)
Captain Doug was great! He was super with the kids. Patient and supportive. We didn't waste any time...we pulled onto the lake and started fishing. We will definitely do this again with him.
David  O.
David O. Bloomingdale, IL
Twenty Four VII Charters
Twenty Four VII Charters
Fishing charter in Winthrop Harbor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(59 reviews)
We had a great day on the water for our first charter fishing trip! We didn’t catch as much as we wanted but that’s how it goes some days! We’d definitely book this again because captain Harley did everything he could to get those fish to bite, so thank you again for a great experience and we’ll definitely be back again!!!
Charles  G.
Charles G. Peoria, IL
TD Charters – Double Trouble II
TD Charters – Double Trouble II
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Mark and Bob were so knowledgeable, it made this trip so great. Great outing for my family. Captain Mark prepared us for what to expect ahead of time and was wonderful answering all my questions. Day of, Mark and Bob made the entire experience so fun and could answer any questions for the experienced angler, and they both were kind and helpful for the beginner angler (me). Beautiful boat with tons of room onboard and even more beautiful fish!
Grace  O.
Grace O. Palos Hills, IL
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Captain Jim was awesome! He had great stories to tell why we waited for the fish to bite. Very informative and great knowledge. I had a blast with my wife, two boys, my brother and my dad. Definitely looking at dates to book for next year. Thanks again Captain Jim. You did an amazing job.
Jamie  B.
Jamie B. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Merganzer Fishing Charters
Merganzer Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Waukegan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(65 reviews)
We laughed, hooted and hollered all morning... wow. Fun fishing, with sincere attention to our level of fishing. My Italian colleagues were enraptured with Daryl's exploits and intimate knowledge of the fish, area, boating, etc. Great day with Matt the Mongoose as mate. Super proficient, but also a people person. Boat is perfect for this kind of day! These guys are pros.
Dan  B.
Dan B. Hidden Valley, PA
Salmon Chaser Charters
Salmon Chaser Charters
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
I can't say enough about Captain Shane. We took our boys on their first fishing excursion in Lake Michigan and Captain Shane worked with them throughout the entire trip. He consistently put us in a prime location and the boys loved reeling in all the fish. We all had a blast and can't wait until our next trip! Thanks Captain Shane!
Russ  A.
Russ A. Trout Valley, IL
Skyward Salmon Charters
Skyward Salmon Charters
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Great time with skyward salmon charters. Crew was very friendly and helpful.
Allan  Z.
Allan Z. Joliet, IL
Twenty Four VII Charters 2
Twenty Four VII Charters 2
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
If you’re shopping for a charter. Stop the shop and book with 24/7 the best experience my boys and I ever had. Capt Harley really knows his waters. Other boats were calling him for advice. We started catching fish within a few minutes of dropping our lines. We couldn’t of been happier with our trip. Thank you again 24/7 you’re the best!
Sean  G.
Sean G. Dixon, IL
Twenty Four VII Charters 2
Twenty Four VII Charters 2
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Great morning fish with Captain Harley. He put us on the fish before sunrise and we reeling in fish faster than he could get poles out. After daylight he switched tactics and pulled in 30lb King Salmon and a nice large Brown trout. Excellent day overall and everyone has plenty of fish to eat.
SCOTT  C.
SCOTT C. Peoria, IL
Thin Blue Line Fishing – Chicago 27
Thin Blue Line Fishing – Chicago 27
Fishing charter in Chicago
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(18 reviews)
Ernie was great worked very hard and we caught fish he was pleasant and good at what he does Highly recommend
Dave  C.
Dave C. Carol Stream, IL
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
It was great experience and will definitely be back. Jim was extremely nice and knowledgeable about the entire trip. My wife and I had a blast!!! And we have more fish than we know what to do with. And that’s a good problem to have!!
Blake  B.
Blake B. Shelbyville, IN
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Outstanding time, Jim was great, a masterful, friendly fisherman, made the experience special for our family. Thank you so much for the fishing adventure, sir!
Mark  S.
Mark S. Ottawa, IL
Long Gone 3 Charters
Long Gone 3 Charters
Fishing charter in Waukegan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
Captain Jim did an amazing job. He was very personable and outgoing. Very entertaining and he knew exactly where the fish were. I am a first mate myself and have to say he did an unbelievable job. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to have a good time and catch some fish!!!
Amalia  H.
Amalia H. Virginia Beach, VA
Finquest Sportfishing
Finquest Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Great experience, great fishing, Capt Tim is amazing. I highly recommend him if you want to go out on Lake Michigan. His years of experience showed effortlessly. He was coaching and teaching with every catch. I went out feeling like a rookie and left feeling like I’m ready for the pros. A must book!
Henry  M.
Henry M. Highland Park, IL
Twenty Four VII Charters
Twenty Four VII Charters
Fishing charter in Winthrop Harbor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(59 reviews)
Early morning trip. Tired. But Captain Frank put us on the fish. Now we’re more tired, and happy. Great trip.
James  R.
James R. Homer Glen, IL
Twenty Four VII Charters
Twenty Four VII Charters
Fishing charter in Winthrop Harbor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(59 reviews)
Had a day trip with friends, and it’s been really great experience, catch a lot fish, equipment was great, boat was clean, big thanks to Captain Frank for his professionalism!!!! Will defiantly do it again
Ilya  C.
Ilya C. Palatine, IL
Storm Force Sportfishing
Storm Force Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Winthrop Harbor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Captain and first mate excellent service. Very glad that we choose storm force
Roger  B.
Roger B. United States
Long Gone 3 Charters
Long Gone 3 Charters
Fishing charter in Waukegan
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
We all had a great time! We missed the big one, so it's still out there for the next charter! Captain Jim and Captain Andy worked the back of the boat to give us our best chances of catching. The weather was against us early and late for our full day charter (8hours) but Captain Jim was able to make decisions that got us out on the water and catching fish. Thank you to Long Gone 3 charters and Fish On.
Ryan  M.
Ryan M. Old Mill Creek, IL