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Chicago Metropolitan Area Fishing Charters

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Chicago Metropolitan Area: 42 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(55 reviews)
Kenosha
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trips from $620
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(67 reviews)
Kenosha
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trips from $850
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
Winthrop Harbor
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trips from $850
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(64 reviews)
Kenosha
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trips from $690
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(72 reviews)
Waukegan
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Kenosha
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trips from $850
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(65 reviews)
Waukegan
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(20 reviews)
Delavan
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trips from $475
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(19 reviews)
Kenosha
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trips from $625
Winthrop Harbor
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trips from $790

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Chicago Metropolitan Area

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

The average price for a private 4 hour Chicago Metropolitan Area fishing trip is $544, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $730 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Finquest Sportfishing, Twenty Four VII Charters – Kenosha, and Twenty Four VII Charters 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, offshore fishing, and nearshore 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 25956 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
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

Thin Blue Line Fishing Chicago 27ft
Thin Blue Line Fishing Chicago 27ft
Fishing charter in Chicago
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Captain Ernesto is the man!!! Initial response was super quick and the follow up leading to our trip was excellent. He put me onto some of the biggest fish I have ever caught! Highly recommend you will not be disappointed can’t wait for my next trip to Chicago he will be the first call I make once I land 👍👍👍
Matthew  K.
Matthew K. The Dalles, OR
Twenty Four VII Charters – Kenosha
Twenty Four VII Charters – Kenosha
Fishing charter in Kenosha
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(67 reviews)
This is one of the best fishing trips I have been on. The boat captains were very nice, Helpful, prepared and knowledgeable. The boat was the most comfortable I’ve ever been on. Two comfy couches if you feel like relaxing for a bit and a bathroom. We caught some huge fish, had some great conversation, and an unforgettable time. Thank you 24 seven charters.
Nicole  E.
Nicole E. Indianapolis, Indiana
Monasark Guide Service
Monasark Guide Service
Fishing charter in Elkhorn
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
A very tough day weather wise with cold temperatures and very windy but despite that Jory put us on the fish!
Jay  C.
Jay C. Johnsburg, IL
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing Adventure
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing Adventure
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
Twenty Four VII Charters
Twenty Four VII Charters
Fishing charter in Winthrop Harbor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 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
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
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing Adventure
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing Adventure
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
Thin Blue Line Fishing Chicago 33ft
Thin Blue Line Fishing Chicago 33ft
Fishing charter in Chicago
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
We got out early and the start was a little slow by the time the sun was fully out we were on fish and pulling them in. I highly recommend Ernesto and thin blue line to anyone.
Timothy  M.
Timothy M. Chicago, Illinois
Monasark Guide Service
Monasark Guide Service
Fishing charter in Elkhorn
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
Jorie is an absolute pro and a great guy. He put me on small mouth, large mouth, and bluegill and we nailed em all morning. We had a lot of fun, plus I've been fishing my whole life and still learned A LOT. Absolutely recommend this guide and will be calling him next time Im in the area.
Tom  R.
Tom R. North Riverside, IL
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 27ft
Thin Blue Line Fishing Chicago 27ft
Fishing charter in Chicago
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 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 Adventure
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing Adventure
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 Adventure
Fisherman Jim's Great Lakes Fishing Adventure
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
Twenty Four VII Charters
Twenty Four VII Charters
Fishing charter in Winthrop Harbor
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 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
(60 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