Illinois Fishing Guides

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Lake Fishing Trip in Winthrop Harbor

Lake Michigan 4 Hour Twilight

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39 ft 1 - 6 People $$

Lake Fishing Trip in Channel Lake

Fox Chain O' Lakes Ice Fishing

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1 - 3 People $

Lake Fishing Trip in Winthrop Harbor

Lake Michigan 8 Hour Trip

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39 ft 1 - 6 People $$

Lake Fishing Trip in Winthrop Harbor

6 Hour 1/2 Day Charter AFTERNOON

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36 ft 1 - 6 People $$

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Winthrop Harbor

8 Hour Full Day Charter MORNING

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36 ft 1 - 6 People $$

Lake Fishing Trip in Waukegan

Weekday Special - 36' Trojan

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36 ft 1 - 3 People $

Most Popular Types of Trips in Illinois

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Morning or Afternoon, the 6hr charter is our most popular charter. Morning charters normally leave the dock between 4am-6am Read More

Deep Sea, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Winthrop Harbor

6 Hour 1/2 Day Charter MORNING

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36 ft 1 - 6 People $$

Did you know that the Great Lakes are home to some of the biggest freshwater Salmon and Trout in the world? These huge fish are famously delicious, but they’re also fun to catch for anglers of all experience levels. Get out on the water with Captain Jim for a family fish-whacking adventure! You can spend either a half or full day casting lines with up to 6 of your family and friends, and come home with an amazing meal to boot. Captain Jim’s 36’ Trojan sportfisher has a spacious deck and twin diesel engines with a total of 660 horsepower. The vessel cuts smoothly through the waters of the lake, so you should be trolling with the utmost comfort. Once your reel starts screaming, you better be prepared for battle! If you successfully pull in a monster, you can store it in the icebox so it stays fresh during the remainder of your voyage. Back at the dock, Captain Jim will clean and bag your catch, so you have a tasty dinner that night. Captain Jim provides all the equipment needed for a successful day of fishing, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. If you are bringing any younger anglers, Captain Jim will bring lifejackets for them. You should bring food and drinks so you don’t get cranky throughout the day, and appropriate clothing. Other than that, Captain Jim has got you covered! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Waukegan

Epic Salmon And Trout Trip

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36 ft 1 - 6 People $$

Head out with Josh and prepare for an action-packed day of Great Lake fishing! The massive Lake Michigan is a perfect place to get the vast experience of ocean fishing while targeting freshwater Salmon and Trout! On this 6-hour morning trip, Cpt Josh will take you into the Lake Michigan waters where you'll be going after Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Steelhead, Chinook Salmon, and Coho Salmon. Josh will take you trolling the open waters to attract these picture-worthy fish. Trolling trips are great because the boat and the knowledge of your guide take care of half the work for you. You get to sit back, relax, enjoy the breeze, and rest your arms while you wait for the reel to start screaming and your work to begin! Josh will provide all rods, reels, and tackle. All you need to bring is sunglasses, sunscreen, warm clothing, an Illinois fishing license with a Salmon stamp, any snacks or drinks you might need, and a cooler to store your catches. Josh will happily clean any keepers for an additional fee. Book your trip today and come home with some tasty fish! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Winthrop Harbor

Lake Michigan 6 Hour Trip

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39 ft 1 - 6 People $$

Just north of Chicago, on the banks of Lake Michigan, lies Waukegan, IL. Join Captain Jim and set out from this quiet suburb for an action-packed adventure on Lake Michigan! You will have a chance to haul up massive Salmon and Lake Trout, which are not only fun to catch but taste delicious too. While trolling along the deep blue waters of the lake, wait for the scream of the reel and get ready to battle with your dinner! Jim's 36’ Trojan sportfisher is spacious and luxurious, and offers a comfortable ride out to the prime fishing grounds. She is powered by twin diesel engines with a total of 660 horsepower, so you'll be out there in no time. She also comes equipped with an ice box to store your catch until Captain Jim can clean and fillet it at the end of the day. Everything you need for an amazing day on the water is provided. Jim brings all equipment including rods, reels, bait, tackle, and life jackets. If you want to bring food and drinks, you’re more than welcome to. A half day on the water can feel like a long time, and you don’t want to be hungry! You should also be prepared with appropriate clothing and sun protection. Be sure to check the weather reports before your journey so you know what to wear! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Waukegan

Weekday Special - 36' Trojan

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36 ft 1 - 3 People $

We run 8hr charters all season. We recommend 8hr trips to all of our guests in August & September. In most cases, we run off shore further in the summer months to reach cold water and active fish. This longer trip allows us to get in on the early morning bite but also gives us a chance to change up techniques as the day progresses. Read More

Deep Sea Fishing Charter in Winthrop Harbor

8 Hour Full Day Charter MORNING

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36 ft 1 - 6 People $$

The 6 Hour Charter is hands down our most popular charter. Afternoon charters normally leave the dock between 10am - 12pm. Read More

Lake Fishing Trip in Winthrop Harbor

6 Hour 1/2 Day Charter AFTERNOON

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36 ft 1 - 6 People $$
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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Illinois

What are the best fishing trips in Illinois?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 9 trips in Illinois, and the most popular trips in the area are Lake Michigan 4 Hour Twilight guided by Josh, Fox Chain O' Lakes Ice Fishing guided by Trevor, and Lake Michigan 8 Hour Trip guided by Josh.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

The most popular cities to book a charter in Illinois are Winthrop Harbor, Waukegan and Channel Lake.

Looking for kid friendly guides in Illinois? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Illinois.

What types of fishing trips are common in Illinois?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular in Illinois as well as lake fishing and nearshore fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Illinois are: 1. chinook salmon, 2. coho salmon, 3. lake trout, and 4. brown trout.

The most common fishing techniques in Illinois are trolling, artificial lure fishing, and light tackle fishing but ice fishing is popular as well.

How much does an Illinois fishing trip cost?

in Illinois prices can range anywhere from an affordable $395 to $1,200, but the average price for a half day trip in Illinois is $608. The average price for a full day trip in Illinois is $880.

What month is best for fishing in Illinois?

The most popular season for fishing in Illinois is winter, and most anglers book their trips 58 days in advance.

Do I need a Illinois fishing license and what are the bag limits in Illinois?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Illinois, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Illinois. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Illinois.

The Best Places to Fish in Illinois

Top Types of Fishing in Illinois

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