Illinois Fishing Guides and Charters

The biggest draw for Illinois fishing guides and visiting anglers is Lake Michigan. Charter fishing in Lake Michigan is very popular and there are many hundreds of Lake Michigan Fishing Charters and Illinois fishing guides that depend on Lake Michigan for their income and livelyhood. There are other lakes and rivers besides Lake Michigan and although Illinois isn’t what you would call loaded with what would be considered large lakes to fish there is some great guided fishing in Illinois in a smattering of smaller lakes throughout the state. The Illinois fishing guides that fish the smaller lakes and rivers do have nice offerings of largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead, and channel cat to catch. Of course most anglers visiting Illinois or Chicago are looking for some action and a little adventure on the water and charter fishing in Lake Michigan for salmon or steelhead usually provides it.

Lake Michigan Fishing Charters

Illinois’ lakes, rivers, streams, and of course Lake Michigan are blessed with an abundant supply of fish species that are available to the many Lake Michigan fishing charters and their charter customers. Although many sporting Illinois fishing guides and area charter boat Captains practice catch and release to conserve the states natural marine resources their customers are usually welcome to keep all of their catch to take home and eat. The many varieties of salmon is usually the main target species of the Lake Michigan fishing charters but there are numerous other species available to anglers fishing in Lake Michigan and some of the other Illinois lakes and rivers.
The Port of Waukegan in Illinois is one of the most popular areas for the charter boats that fish Lake Michigan. Listed below you will find charters for Port Waukegan and numerous other locales around the state of Illinois.
Illinois Fishing Guide Listings Below.

Available fish species while charter fishing in Illinois:

  • Chinook Salmon
  • Atlantic Salmon
  • Pink Salmon
  • King Salmon
  • Coho Salmon
  • Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass
  • Crappie, Bluegill, Sunfish, Crappie
  • Catfish
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Brown Trout
  • Muskie
  • Northern Pike
  • Skamania
  • Walleye
  • Perch

*Did you know that Lake Michigan is the 3rd largest of all the Great Lakes? Did you know that Lake Michigan is the 6th largest lake in the world?

A Few Illinois Lakes and Rivers in Addition to Lake Michigan

  • Anderson Lake, Argyle Lake
  • Big River, Cache River
  • Chain O’ Lakes, Coffeen Lake
  • Milliken Lake, Franklin Creek
  • Heidecke Lake, Horseshoe Lake
  • Kankakee River, Kaskaskia River
  • Kinkaid Lake, LaSalle Lake
  • Lake Murphysboro, Mermet Lake
  • Middle Fork River, Mississippi River
  • Newton Lake, Ramsey Lake
  • Shabbona Lake, Silver Springs
  • Ten Mile Creek, Weldon Springs

Illinois Fishing Resources

  1. Illinois Department of Natural Resources – Fishing laws & regulations at Illinois DNR.
  2. Illinois Hunting and Fishing Licenses – Buy a Illinois fishing or hunting license online.

Illinois Fishing Trips

The Illinois fishing guides listed below specialize in all style and types of fishing in Illinois and some offer complete packages for Illinois fishing trips lodging included. Find guides and charters below for:

  • Illinois Fishing Trips
  • Illinois Fly Fishing Trips
  • Illinois Bass Fishing
  • Lake Michigan Fishing Trips
  • Lake Michigan Charter Boat Fishing
  • Salmon Fishing and
  • Steelhead Fishing in Lake Michigan

Below you will find listings for various Illinois fishing guides and charters for your next fishing trip vacation to Illinois.

Action Salmon & Trout Fishing With Bon-Shell – Salmon & Trout fishing charters on Lake Michigan, Waukegan, Illinois just north of Chicago. Fishing all varieties of Salmon & Trout. THE 32 FT. FULLY EQUIPPED BON-SHELL CHARTER BOAT fishing 7 days a week. Reach Captain Ron at 847-309-3224.

Migrator Charters – Come spend a day fishing in Illinois with Master Captain Bob Rossa aboard the Migrator, one of the premier sport fishing charter boats on Lake Michigan. Reach charter boat Captain Bob Rossa at 815-338-8093.

Caliente Charters – Enjoy Lake Michigan salmon and trout fishing trip or a pleasure cruise out of Waukegan Harbor with Caliente Charters and Master Captain Kelly J. Campise. Contact Capt Kelly at 847-812-6191.

Full Circle Charters – Come experience the thrill of a lifetime catching a Lake Michigan salmon or trout with Captain Dave of Full Circle Charters, one of Lake Michigans top charter boat services. Reach Captain Dave at 630-215-8801.

Regular Illinois Fishing Charters, Guide Listings, and Fishing Lodges
Addiction Charters Glenview IL 847-456-2755
A Fish-N-Sea Fishing Charters Winthrop Harbor IL 847-322-3486
Anastacia Marie Sportfishing McHenry IL 847-497-3891
Bandit 2 Charters Waukegan IL 888-849-4948
Beaver Dam Bait Shop Plainview IL 217-854-5156
Bon-Shell Charter Service Winthrop Harbor 847-746-3225
Breezy 1 Sportfishing Winthrop Harbor IL 847-872-2594
Caliente’ Charters Schaumburg IL 847-812-6191
Capt Al Skalecke’s Charter Boats Chicago IL 312-565-0104
Capt Chip Porter’s Salmon Master Charters Lake Zurich IL 847-726-8877
Captain Randy’s Charter Service Park Ridge IL 312-718-1995
Challenger Charters St. Charles IL 630-832-3474
Charter Boat Chicago Chicago IL 312-213-2628
Cindy J Charters Wadsworth IL 847-249-8014
Co Chi 1 Charters Winthrop Harbor IL 847-872-1191
Confusion Charters on Lake Michigan Chicago IL 888-929-3474
Delila Sue Charters Hanover Park IL 630-837-7152
Diamond Ghost Charters Antioch IL 847-838-2037
Don’s Guide Service Byron IL 815-234-2312
Duckbill Fishing Charters St. Charles IL 630-513-9726
Free Spirit Charters Chicago IL 773-616-7799
Finatic Charters New Lennox IL 815-723-4497
Full Circle Charters Aurora IL 630-215-8801
Gypsy Charters Burbank IL 708-424-5814
Hawg Hunter Charters Winthrop Harbor IL 630-355-6353
Howie Fly Charters Palatine IL 847-358-1623
Into The Outdoors Mundelein IL 847-922-1271
Jackpot Sportfishing Charters McHenry IL 800-345-0259
Kinkaid Lake Guide Service Carterville, IL 618-985-4105
Kohana Charters Chicago IL 312-842-1480
Kristy Lynn Charters Libertyville IL 800-487-0199
Lake Michigan Charter Fishing West Chicago IL 630-231-6776
Lake Michigan Sportfishing Winthrop Harbor IL 847-497-3891
Leprechaun Charter Service Chicago IL 773-445-6262
Lithia Springs Marina Shelbyville IL 217-774-4121
Lone Eagle Lake Michigan Fishing Charters McHenry IL 815-385-4090
Lucky Dog Charters Palatine IL 847-812-1436
Midwest Bass Fishin’ and Huntin’ Adventures Morris IL 815-634-8459
Migrator Charters Woodstock IL 815-575-4665
Montauk IV Charters Chicago IL 847-731-0436
Morning Affair Charters Woodstock IL 815-337-2803
Muske “62” Guide Service Lake in the Hills IL 847-669-8286
Ninja Charters Beach Park IL 847-263-8037
Noble Charters Round Lake IL 877-740-0479
Nunya Charters Skokie IL 847-676-1898
Passtime Charters Round Lake IL 708-826-1948
Pike Country Trophy Outfitters Griggsville IL 217-236-4841
Playin Hooky Charters Niles IL 847-966-9678
Red Beard Fishing Charters Elgin IL 847-608-9550
Reel Magic Charters Winfield IL 630-231-8813
Renegade Charters Wadsworth IL 847-746-4502
Rock River Professional Guide Service Dixon IL 815-288-6855
Sagittarius Charters Chicago IL 773-267-9033
Salmon Master Charters Lake Zurich IL 847-774-7597
Salmon Seeker Charters Chicago IL 773-767-8547
SI Guide Service West Frankfort IL 618-922-4237
Southern Outdoor Recreation Service Benton IL 618-724-4725
Spendthrift Charters Vernon Hills IL 800-726-7309
State Line Sport Fishing Winthrop Harbor IL 847-912-0001
Stoked Charters Fox River Grove IL 847-458-6807
The Reel Thing Schaumburg IL 847-923-7609
TMA Charters Inc. Lombard IL 847-736-7150
Ts Fishing Guide Service Colona IL 309-792-4489
Urbahn’s Guide Service Hinckley IL 815-286-9500
V & S Charter Service Ltd Libertyville IL 847-362-9137
Vann’s Charter Service Plainfield IL 815-886-1735
Waukegan-North Point Sportfishing Lake Forest IL 847-234-7208
X-Stream Bassin’ Guide Service Crete IL 708-672-1966
X-Tasea Sport Fishing Charters Waukegan IL 630-774-3254