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Epic Salmon And Trout Trip

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36 ft 1 - 6 People From $650
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Lake Fishing Trip in Waukegan

Salmon & Trout Fishing

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36 ft 1 - 6 People From $750
Fishing in Waukegan

Lake Fishing Trip in Waukegan

Weekday Special - 36' Trojan

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36 ft 1 - 3 People From $500
Fishing in Kenosha

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Lake Michigan Magic

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40 ft 1 - 6 People From $850
Fishing in Kenosha

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Kings, Coho, & Big Ol' Lake Trout

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32 ft 1 - 6 People From $590
Fishing in Kenosha

Lake Fishing Trip near Waukegan

Weekend Salmon Run

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35 ft 1 - 6 People From $660

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Fishing in Kenosha
Fishing in Kenosha
Fishing in Kenosha
trip description for Weekday Salmon Run in Kenosha

Take a trip out with Captain Tim and experience the great freshwater fishing that Lake Michigan has to offer! Lake Michigan is the third-largest of the Great Lakes and the fifth-largest lake in the world, with just over 22,000 square miles of surface area. It's loaded with fish, including fantastic sportfish species such as Steelhead, King Salmon (also known as Chinooks), Coho Salmon, and Lake Trout—all of which you can target on this trip with Captain Tim. On this trip, you'll primarily be trolling lines to attract big Salmon and Steelhead, which love to take fast-moving baits and lures. When these powerful fish hit the hook, you'll feel it! Salmon are great fighters that will really test your strength, stamina, and skills—so bring your A-game! You'll also have the opportunity to drop your lines down to hook up some massive Lake Trout, which prefer the deeper, colder parts of the Lake. In addition to their fighting abilities, all of these species are terrific table fare! Whatever you're hoping to catch, Captain Tim is an expert when it comes to finding, hooking, and fighting fish in these waters. You'll be fishing from the deck of his 33' Trojan sportfisher. She's a beautiful boat with all the equipment necessary for a great day of fishing, including twin Crusader 350-HP engines and a cabin to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the fall. Your captain will bring everything you need for an ideal trip, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. Tim will also clean and package all your keepers at the end of the trip. All you need to bring is a Wisconsin fishing license with the appropriate stamps, a cooler with snacks and drinks, proper clothing, sunscreen, and a smile! Get out there and enjoy the clear, cool waters of Lake Michigan with Captain Tim! Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near Waukegan

Weekday Salmon Run

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35 ft 1 - 4 People From $620
Fishing in Kenosha
Fishing in Kenosha
Fishing in Kenosha
trip description for Lake Michigan Angler's Delight in Kenosha

Experience the ultimate fishing adventure on a half-day charter out of Kenosha, Wisconsin! Join us for an exciting journey where both novices and experienced anglers can reel in an impressive catch. We offer two trips daily, a 5 AM trip and an 11 AM trip, ensuring flexibility to fit your schedule. Prepare to embark on an unforgettable fishing experience as we take you out on Lake Michigan's abundant waters. Our expert team will guide you to the best fishing spots, where you'll have the opportunity to catch a variety of salmon and trout. Using a combination of light and heavy-duty equipment, we employ the highly effective technique of slow trolling. Cast your line, feel the anticipation, and get ready to battle with some of the most prized fish in the area. Our method ensures that you have a high chance of success in landing that trophy salmon or trout. The picturesque surroundings of Kenosha, Wisconsin provide the perfect backdrop for your fishing expedition. As you glide across the tranquil waters of Lake Michigan, take in the stunning shoreline and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Whether you're looking to bond with family and friends or seeking a solo adventure, our fishing charter caters to all. We provide top-notch fishing gear, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle, ensuring you have everything you need for an exceptional fishing experience. Don't miss your chance to be part of an exciting angling adventure in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Book your half-day fishing charter today, choosing between our early morning 5 AM trip or our mid-morning 11 AM trip. Get ready to slow troll, catch salmon and trout, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near Waukegan

Lake Michigan Angler's Delight

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40 ft 1 - 6 People From $850
Fishing in Winthrop Harbor
Fishing in Winthrop Harbor
Fishing in Winthrop Harbor
trip description for Lake Michigan 4 Hour Twilight in Winthrop Harbor

Head out with Josh and prepare for an action-packed evening of Great Lake fishing with a beautiful sunset view! The massive Lake Michigan is a perfect to place to get the vast experience of ocean fishing while targeting freshwater Salmon and Trout! On this 4-hour sunset trip, Travis 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, and will provide live bait for an additional cost. 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 near Waukegan

Lake Michigan 4 Hour Twilight

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39 ft 1 - 6 People From $750
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Fishing in Kenosha
Fishing in Kenosha
Fishing in Kenosha
trip description for Kenosha Salmon Hookfest in Kenosha

If you've been looking for some truly epic sportfishing on Lake Michigan, then this trip has your name on it! For some reason, many people don't know about the fantastic fishing that the Great Lakes have to offer—leaving more big fish for you. Captain Shane has decades of experience fishing out of Kenosha, WI, and will definitely put you on the fish and make sure you have a blast. On this trip, you'll be chasing big King Salmon, Cohos, and Lake Trout on trolling gear. These fish love to whack fast-moving baits and lures, and you can expect wild fights once a trophy fish is on the line. Captain Shane is full of expert advice and tips to improve your fishing, so you'll leave this trip a better angler than when you went out. He's also happy to clean and bag your keepers once you return to the dock, so you can take home a cooler's worth of excellent table fare. Salmon and Trout are delicious eating fish, whether you opt to toss them on the grill, sear them on the stovetop, or even try them fresh as sushi. Ask Captain Shane for his favorite recipes! You'll be fishing aboard his 33' Tiara sportfisher, a beautiful and comfortable boat that's ideal for fishing the lake. She sports twin Crusader engines with a total of 700 horsepower, and is kitted out with electronics and gear to maximize your fishing. She also features a full cabin in case of inclement weather, or just to keep you out of the sun. This vessel is truly a fishing machine, and has everything you need for an awesome trip. Captain Shane will supply all the necessary gear, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. The only things you need to bring are some sunscreen, weather-appropriate clothing, and a pair of sunglasses to cut the glare. Captain Shane is here to catch fish, and sometimes that requires going further off shore. If you opt to go out further, there may be an additional fuel surcharge. Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near Waukegan

Kenosha Salmon Hookfest

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33 ft 1 - 6 People From $875
Fishing in Winthrop Harbor
Fishing in Winthrop Harbor
Fishing in Winthrop Harbor
trip description for Lake Michigan 6 Hour Trip in Winthrop Harbor

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 near Waukegan

Lake Michigan 6 Hour Trip

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39 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,000
Fishing in Winthrop Harbor
Fishing in Winthrop Harbor
Fishing in Winthrop Harbor
trip description for Lake Michigan 8 Hour Trip in Winthrop Harbor

Head out with Josh and prepare for an action-packed day of Great Lake fishing! The massive Lake Michigan is a perfect to place to get the vast experience of ocean fishing while targeting freshwater Salmon and Trout! On this 3/4 or full-day trip, 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 near Waukegan

Lake Michigan 8 Hour Trip

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39 ft 1 - 6 People From $1,200
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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Waukegan

What are the best fishing trips in Waukegan?

Why should I book a fishing trip in Waukegan with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 14 trips in Waukegan, and the most popular trips in the area are Salmon & Trout fishing guided by Jim, Weekday Special - 36' Trojan guided by Jim, and Epic Salmon and Trout Trip guided by Jim.

Our guides in Waukegan are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 3187 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

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.

Looking for kid friendly guides / fishing lessons in Waukegan? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Waukegan.

What types of fishing trips are common in Waukegan?

Lake fishing is the most popular in Waukegan.

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

The most common fishing techniques in Waukegan are trolling, light tackle fishing, and artificial lure fishing but bottom fishing and heavy tackle fishing are popular as well.

How much does a Waukegan fishing trip cost?

in Waukegan prices can range anywhere from about $608 to $1,065, but the average price for a half day trip in Waukegan is $671. The average price for a full day trip in Waukegan is $882.

Is booking a fishing guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a fishing guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced fishing guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is on the water every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear and tackle, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your home waters, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for fishing in Waukegan?

The most popular season for fishing in Waukegan is fall, and most anglers book their trips 46 days in advance.

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

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

Popular Types of Fishing In Waukegan

Waukegan fishing charters offer a variety of options for anglers of all levels. The most common types of charters include half-day and full-day trips, as well as private and group charters.

For those looking to catch salmon and trout, the most popular option is a Lake Michigan charter. These charters typically depart from the Waukegan Harbor and visit landmarks such as the Waukegan South Pier and the Waukegan Lighthouse.

If you're interested in catching bass and other freshwater fish, a charter on the nearby Fox River may be more your speed. These charters often depart from the Waukegan Marina and visit landmarks such as the Bowen Park Dam and the Waukegan Riverwalk.

No matter which type of Waukegan fishing charter you choose, you're likely to catch a variety of fish, including salmon, trout, bass, perch, and walleye. So grab your gear and get ready for a day of adventure on the water!

The Best Places To Fish In Waukegan

Waukegan, Illinois is a great destination for fishing enthusiasts. With its proximity to Lake Michigan, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a variety of fish. Here are some of the best places to fish in Waukegan, Illinois:

1. Waukegan Harbor: This is a popular spot for fishing charters, as it offers easy access to Lake Michigan and a variety of fish species.

2. North Point Marina: Another great spot for fishing charters, North Point Marina offers a variety of fishing opportunities, including salmon, trout, and perch.

3. Bowen Park: This park offers a peaceful setting for fishing, with a pond stocked with bass, bluegill, and catfish.

4. Waukegan Beach: This is a great spot for shore fishing, with opportunities to catch salmon, trout, and perch.

5. Glen Flora Country Club: This private club offers fishing opportunities for members, with a stocked pond and access to the Des Plaines River.

Whether you're looking for a fishing charter or a peaceful spot to cast your line, Waukegan, Illinois has plenty of options for anglers of all levels.

Other Things To Do In Waukegan

While Waukegan fishing charters are a popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do in this vibrant city. Take a stroll through the Waukegan History Museum to learn about the city's rich past, or explore the stunning Bowen Park and its beautiful gardens. For a fun day out with the family, head to Six Flags Great America amusement park or the Jump America trampoline park. If you're looking for a cultural experience, catch a show at the Genesee Theatre or visit the Jack Benny Center for the Arts. And don't forget to indulge in some delicious local cuisine at one of Waukegan's many restaurants.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Chris did a great job rescheduling and made the trip fun. We all had a great time and we will enjoy grilling the trout and salmon tonight and talk about the fishing. Thank you!!!

    Ron B. with Chris R. of Kenosha, Wisconsin

  • ★★★★★
    Absolutely fantastic trip with Shane. He explained everything we needed to know and set expectations before the trip and was easy to find when we got there. Super knowledgable, patient, and fun, his boat was clean and he was extremely efficient. Learned a lot, got on some major trout and salmon action, and had a blast. Looking forward to the next time we can get out there with him!

    Shawna S. with Shane L. of Kenosha, Wisconsin

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