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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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6 hour charter
Karen S. fished with Captain Don's Charter Service on September 4, 2021
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Dramamine. We had a couple who had issues with motion sickness
Perfect Morning of Fishing- Aug 10, 2021
Kurt W. fished with Captain Don's Charter Service on August 9, 2021
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Make sure you know your weather! We checked with Capt Don the Sunday before tornado quality T-Storms were blowing through the area on our scheduled trip. We postponed a day for a much smoother ride!
Early Morning Success with Captain Bob
Robert S. fished with The Hook Up Guide Service on July 5, 2021
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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.
Great Afternoon with Capt. Terry
Jay M. fished with Kristy Lynn Charters on June 16, 2021
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It is still chilly, so dress appropriately.
Half day trip 6/11/21
Ron L. fished with Monasark Guide Service on June 11, 2021
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Look up Captain Jory with Monasark to get you going in the direction.
Half Day Trip - Captain Jim
Bryan C. fished with Long Gone 3 Charters on May 14, 2021
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Hook up with Long Gone and Captain Jim for a great day on Lake Michigan!
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

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Chicago Metropolitan Area

According to customer reviews, Twenty Four VII Charters, Skyward Salmon 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.

Twenty Four VII Charters, Skyward Salmon Charters, and Twenty Four VII Charters – Kenosha 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.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Chicago Metropolitan Area are: