Captain
Daryl Szyska

Member since May 2017 Waukegan, United States
Background
I have been living the fishing and hunting lifestyle my entire life, and have been fishing Lake Michigan for over 30 years. I want people to catch fish, so whatever we need to do to make your day both enjoyable and productive, we will get it done.
Techniques
I do what ever we need to do to put fish in the boat.

Hey, I'm Captain Daryl Szyska

Waukegan, United States
Background
I have been living the fishing and hunting lifestyle my entire life, and have been fishing Lake Michigan for over 30 years. I want people to catch fish, so whatever we need to do to make your day both enjoyable and productive, we will get it done.
Techniques
I do what ever we need to do to put fish in the boat.

My Charter Listing

Merganzer Fishing Charters

25 reviews
Waukegan
trips from $450

Fishing Reports

Biggest laker of the year

September 05, 2020

We rocked the big fish today. Read Full Report →


Week of august 10th

August 15, 2020

We found some fish. Read Full Report →


Hockey dads and kids score!

July 22, 2020

Late afternoon trip produced a huge bag of fillets! Read Full Report →


Kelly Crew

July 18, 2020

We got it done. Read Full Report →


Good weekend

July 11, 2020

We endend last weekend 31 for 47 hooked . Everyone had fun with some personal bests.m Read Full Report →


Crazy weekend great fishing

June 27, 2020

We hammered them. Read Full Report →


Great night on the water

June 24, 2020

Quick limits last night Read Full Report →


Great Weekend

June 20, 2020

Plenty of opportunity Read Full Report →


Coho days

June 18, 2020

This week fishing on fire Read Full Report →


Steelhead day

June 01, 2020

Tough day but found some good ones Read Full Report →


Great Day

May 30, 2020

We filled the cooler Read Full Report →


Found some fish

May 26, 2020

I was out fishing looking for fish for my clients. Read Full Report →


Just a fun quick trip

May 17, 2020

Laker and coho day Read Full Report →


Coho

May 12, 2020

We got our limits this morning !!!pics to follow Read Full Report →


May 3 shakeown trip

May 04, 2020

First trip of the year 3 hours 5/10. Look forward to fishing with you. Read Full Report →


Time for big lakers

August 06, 2019

Good night on the water Read Full Report →


Great night on the water

July 09, 2019

We found lakers, coho, steelhead and nice king. Great night on the water. Read Full Report →


9lb coho

June 30, 2019

First day on the big lake was a success. Read Full Report →


Coho on fire

June 29, 2019

Great day on the water Read Full Report →


Cohos are only getting bigger.

June 23, 2019

First oho of the day for a client om Evanston. We are on fish every day. Read Full Report →


Sunset steelhead

June 18, 2019

Evening trip produces steelhead and Coho’s Read Full Report →


June 1 -2 weeknd

June 02, 2019

This weekend the fishing was fantastic. Read Full Report →


Great lakers are here!!!

May 28, 2019

We have been caching big lakers when targeting them. Read Full Report →


Coho day

May 26, 2019

This particular Trip we put 16 fish in the boat and we hooked about 40 on a six hour trip. They hit short and didnt hook up well Read Full Report →


Lakers and Rainbows

September 03, 2018

We found quick fish despite terrible Weather and a tornado warning. Read Full Report →


This week

July 11, 2018

Fathers Day

June 17, 2018

We had a slow day, but the weather was great. Read Full Report →


Memorial day weekend

May 27, 2018

We fished Friday through Monday and caught lake trout , steelhead , chinook (small) nd a bunch o f coho. Great people , great weather. Read Full Report →


5/9 with a 10lb coho

May 14, 2018

Even with thunderstorms , crazy mud line, we still found some fish , we fished 3.5 hours went 5/9 with a 10lb coho in ‘May. I will take a quick trip like that any day. Read Full Report →


Lakers and Coho 2018 and a surprise king

May 05, 2018

The fishing has started cohos and lakers are in 55 -65 feet of water. Its a mixed bag with big lakers as the bonus fish. Some brown trout are also present in 25-35 feet of water south of Waukegan.… Read Full Report →


4/21/18

April 21, 2018

We found lakers and cohos yesterday, very easy day on the lake. These went straight to the smoker. Read Full Report →


Waukegan fishing on fire!!!

August 01, 2017

The fish are out deep, but stacked up and hungry!!! Steelhead , cohos, and some kings, are all out there feeding heavy. Right now with long running times 6 hour trips are recommended. I cant get you on stupid… Read Full Report →


Steelhead Day

July 23, 2017

We went out . for the afternoon, with a family looking to have some fun and not play xbox. we went 4/11 , mostly because we found big fish that had a different game plan. Overall great trip out… Read Full Report →


19lb steelhead

July 15, 2017

Here was a trip with no wind, after a huge storm and we still found fish. we went 5/13. But the fish of the day was a trophy steelhead heading for the wall, 19lbs. Read Full Report →


Cohos and rainbows

June 18, 2017

we found cohos and rainbows in 150-180 feet of water off Waukegan. Fish were short strikers we went 11/18. All were in the top 60 feet of water. Real nice way to spend Fathers Day. Read Full Report →


Cohos and lakers

June 11, 2017

we fished 5 hours went 6/13 on cohos and lakers. We found fish in 113-135 feet of water, it was the crews first time fishing Michigan, they all had a great time!!! Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

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4.88
out of 5 stars from 25 reviews
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
88%
Satisfied with the boat
94%
Catch intended fish
87%
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Mary T.
Rockford, IL
 5.00
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A full day out - 15 fish

VERIFIED   July 11, 2020
Had a great time with Captain and his first mate Craig.  Both men are fully experienced in Salmon/Trout fishing. ...
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Evanston, IL
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Wonderful Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  August 30, 2020
Great trip - would definitely recommend a charter with Captain Daryl - awesome guy and great captain. We’ll definitely...
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Michael M.
Fox Lake, IL
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Excellent Half Day trip on Lake Michigan with Captain Daryl

VERIFIED   July 1, 2020
Captain Daryl took great care of us during our time on the Lake and the fishing was excellent.  He can find the fish...
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Mark K.
Waukegan, Illinois
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June fishing trip

June 6, 2020
Great day on the water, will definitely be booking again several times throughout the season!  Thank you Daryl, Dad, Uncle...
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