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Chicago Charter Fishing for Salmon and Trout on Lake Michigan from
Waukegan Illinois for the Chicago, Waukegan and Winthrop Harbor areas

Specializing in Lake Michigan Trout and Salmon Charter Fishing Adventures from Waukegan Illinois for the Chicago, Waukegan and Winthrop Harbor areasWelcome and thanks for visiting Windycitysalmon.com, serving the Chicago and southern Wisconsin area with world class Salmon and Trout charter fishing. The surrounding waters off Waukegan Harbor offer excellent Salmon and Trout fishing on Lake Michigan for you to enjoy an unsurpassed charter fishing experience from April to October, right in Chicago’s own back yard. Because of Waukegan Harbor’s close proximity to many near-shore and off-shore structures as well as its geographic latitude – it’s not too far north and not too far south – superb and consistent salmon and trout fishing is available from Spring thru Fall. 

The vessel – Independence – is a 34-foot Tiara. A custom equipped and fully outfitted charter fishing boat designed exclusively for Great Lakes Salmon and Trout fishing. Windycitysalmon is a full-time, US Coast Guard Licensed and insured professional charter fishing operation. At the helm and on the fishing deck of the Independence, Captain Rick Bentley is on the water nearly every day during the fishing season, monitoring movements of the fish and what they are eating. The Independence is maintained to shipshape cleanliness and complies with all state and federal safety regulations. Captain Rick also features up-to-date, top-of-the-line gear – Penn International 975 and Shimano Tekota reels, high-speed Daiwa Saltist reels/Shimano Talora and Shakespeare Ugly Stik rods – these are the best, highest quality, well-maintained reels & rods you will find on any charter boat on Lake Michigan.

There is no experience required and Captain Rick will employ and manage the full spread of rods in an expert manner for your crew. All YOU have to do is haul in the fish and enjoy being out on the lake! For many of our customers – beginners or seasoned anglers – these are the largest fish they will ever catch! Windycitysalmon offers 5, 6, and 8 hour morning or afternoon fishing charters for your private group of up to 6 people. Smaller groups of 2 & 3 people can experience a more personal fishing adventure at discounted prices from Monday to Thursday. Additional vessels can also be arranged for groups larger than 6 people. In addition, multiple fishing charter packages with overnight stays are available for people who are not from the Chicago area and are seeking a more comprehensive fishing vacation. Please visit the Types of Charters and Rates page, to learn which charters Capt Rick recommends depending on the season. 

Each season Captain Rick is happy to welcome back a large volume of repeat customers from Chicago, nationwide and abroad who became hooked after charter fishing with him. He is confident you will thoroughly enjoy your experience and invites you to call or email any time with further questions or to reserve an upcoming date

*Go charter fishing with Capt Rick for a far more unique and memorable, charter fishing experience; while on the water, Capt Rick can also tell you all about the history of the lake and the fishery as well as some noteworthy and prominent lakeside estates, on the lake’s wealthy north shore*

Depending on the time of season, Capt Rick will take you fishing for Coho and Chinook (King) Salmon as well as Steelhead (Rainbow), Brown, and Lake Trout. Catches of a dozen fish, all the way up to limit hauls of 20-30 fish a charter are common.

Specializing in Lake Michigan Trout and Salmon Charter Fishing Adventures from Waukegan Illinois for the Chicago, Waukegan and Winthrop Harbor areasDepending on the species, we will generally catch salmon and trout in the 3-20lb+ range. It is not uncommon to catch even larger, monster trophy fish as well. On many days, the value of your wild salmon and trout fillets will often exceed the actual cost of your charter. After complimentary filleting/cleaning of the catch on the way in from fishing or back at the dock, consult with Captain Rick’s delicious, personally tested, take-home recipes on the website to easily prepare your catch for the table. And remember that while many of these fish are stocked when they are 4-6 inches long, they the live the remainder of their lives in a wild environment in the icy and crystal clear waters of Lake Michigan. Farm-raised versions of fish which are common in grocery stores and are available for a fraction of the price of wild fish, have a much higher fat, PCB content and are known to carry disease.

Please navigate through the website to find out more about Captain Rick, the vessel & equipment, seasons, rates & types of charters, and what to bring & expect on our Lake Michigan salmon & trout fishing charters. Also click on the ‘Salmon and Trout Charter Fishing’ banner, at the top of each page, to learn more about the types of fish we catch, when to catch them, their respective state record weights and Windycitysalmon’s heaviest of each species. Also check back often to read updated news in the fishing reports section.

Please feel free to call, text or email Captain Rick for further questions about available dates or to just check in to see how fishing is. Captain Rick will be happy to discuss how conditions are at any time of the day, even when he’s on the water.


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