May 2022

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What anglers said about fishing in Chicago

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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Kurt  W.
Kurt W. Hoffman Estates, Illinois
You will catch more fish in the morning. Jarrod told us to come back and do a morning trip and we would catch more fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You will catch more fish in the morning. Jarrod told us to come back and do a morning trip and we would catch more fish!
Kris  W.
Kris W. McCordsville, IN
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
Do it very early in the morning, we started at 6:00 am. August is a great month to fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do it very early in the morning, we started at 6:00 am. August is a great month to fish.
Michael  S.
Michael S. Chicago, IL
Make sure you take something for sea sickness, the waves can be a bit much.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Make sure you take something for sea sickness, the waves can be a bit much.
Jeanette  W.
Jeanette W. Toledo, OH
The water temp had changed over night and got colder so the fish were not very attractive and the bit was slow .we plan to try again in September hoping for better luck
Excellent
4.3 / 5
The water temp had changed over night and got colder so the fish were not very attractive and the bit was slow .we plan to try again in September hoping for better luck
James  W.
James W. United States
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
Just enjoy what mother nature and the crew has to offer. You will not regret it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just enjoy what mother nature and the crew has to offer. You will not regret it.
Mark & Beth Loveless
Mark & Beth Loveless Grand Haven, Michigan
It was great. We couldn't control the weather, lol..but the experience was excellent.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was great. We couldn't control the weather, lol..but the experience was excellent.
April  B.
April B.
I would try in the Box charters was a wonderful experience Jared was a great captain and very experienced we had an awesome time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would try in the Box charters was a wonderful experience Jared was a great captain and very experienced we had an awesome time
Lori  F.
Lori F. Baroda, MI
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
Bring your coat! The water is still very cold and also can be quite rainy.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring your coat! The water is still very cold and also can be quite rainy.
Byron  A.
Byron A. South Bend, IN
Such a great and fun town for a family trip. Fishing is great and so many more activities to do when you take a break from fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Such a great and fun town for a family trip. Fishing is great and so many more activities to do when you take a break from fishing.
Keith  A.
Keith A. Frankfort, IL
Evidently July and August are not the best times for steelhead and coho but we had a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Evidently July and August are not the best times for steelhead and coho but we had a great time.
David  L.
David L. Cypress, TX
Get an experienced Captain or you'll have jet skiers and boaters who might cut off or otherwise disrupt your lines if you're fishing near the pier. If you get the chance to target Steelhead and you are strong enough to fight a fish for 3-6 minutes go for them because they'll give you a fantastic experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get an experienced Captain or you'll have jet skiers and boaters who might cut off or otherwise disrupt your lines if you're fishing near the pier. If you get the chance to target Steelhead and you are strong enough to fight a fish for 3-6 minutes go for them because they'll give you a fantastic experience.
Derek  D.  R.
Derek D. R. Lansing, MI
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