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Fishing in Lake County, Illinois

You can catch everything from Bluegills to Salmon in Lake County. Drop a line in from virtually thousands of locations. Ask a local where the fish are biting. Better yet, charter a boat and try your luck on the big water. Everything from bait and lures to ice and licenses is waiting for you. Plan your next fishing trip to Lake County, you’re sure to go home with a great story.

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Chain O’Lakes State Park

Located in the heart of Illinois' largest concentration of natural lakes, Chain O'Lakes State Park is a water oriented recreation area with outstanding opportunities for boaters, anglers and skiers. The park borders three natural lakes - Grass, Marie and Nippersink - and the Fox River. The park also contains…
Spring Grove

Illinois Beach State Park

Illinois Beach State Park is located along the shores of Lake Michigan from Waukegan to the Wisconsin state line. The park offers a campground, full service resort, camp store, picnic areas, hiking and biking trails and a visitors center open intermittently throughout the year. There is swimming along the…
Zion

Independence Grove Forest Preserve

This scenic 1,135-acre preserve offers a wide range of outdoor recreation and education opportunities centered around a 115-acre lake reclaimed from a gravel quarry. Visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing and boating, a Marina with boat and bike rentals, a native garden and nearly seven miles of trails. The spacious…
Libertyville

Lake County Forest Preserves

We currently manage more than 29,200 acres of land and offer innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for all ages. Visitors enjoy more than 154 miles of trail for a variety of outdoor recreation uses, fishing ponds and lakes, public access to the Fox River and the Lake Michigan…
Libertyville

Lindy’s Landing

Lindy’s Landing has been known as family place to swim, picnic, boat and fish since the 1960's and remains a version of the original building built in 1908. Three generations later, Lindy's remains a favorite destination for dining on Wauconda's beautiful Bangs Lake. Choose from the dining room menu…
Wauconda

Barnacle Bob’s

We provide you with fishing and pontoon rental. We are located on Lake Marie on the Fox Chain of Lakes, in Antioch! Stop on by and enjoy breakfast or lunch in our Diner! Boat Rentals Call to make reservations. Half day reservations and hourly rates are only available on…
Antioch

Battalion 1 Sport - Fishing Charters

Battalion 1 Sport-Fishing Charters is located in Waukegan Harbor, IL., which is midway between Chicago, IL. and Milwaukee, WI. Our port is minutes away from Great Lakes Naval Training Academy and within walking distance of the Metra train depot. We offer fun-filled Lake Michigan salmon & trout fishing charters…
Waukegan

C.J. Smith Resort

For 86 years, C. J. Smith Resort has provided everything needed to enjoy a day of fishing and boating on the beautiful Chain O' Lakes in northern Illinois. C. J. Smith Resort is a family owned and operated business since 1929. We believe in providing exceptional service and reasonable…
Antioch

Captain Don’s Charter Fishing

Captain Don's guide service is a Lake Michigan Salmon and Trout fishing operation located in Waukegan Harbor Illinois. Captain Don is a full time Illinois licensed fishing guide and USCG licensed charter captain. His boat is the Spendthrift II, a 36 foot Tiara Open. Plan now for your fishing…
Waukegan

Channel Lake

Type: Drainage Lake Water: Moderately Clear – decreases in summer due to algae blooms Base: 60% muck, 30% sand & 10% gravel Inlets: Lake Catherine enters on the east side, along with a small creek inlet on the north shore, near the marsh located on the northwest shore Outlets:…
Antioch

Dell V Fishing Charters

Sport Fishing charters for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Chinook, Steelhead, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Perch fishing on Lake Michigan, just minutes from Chicago at Waukegan Harbor with USCG licensed Captain Rick White aka Captain Punch. …
Waukegan

Diamond Lake Beach & Recreation Center

Diamond Lake Recreation Center is 100 acres. It includes a pristine lake, sand beach, grassy areas, and shaded picnic grove. In summertime, the facility is the hub for Diamond Lake Beach, a recreational destination for swimming, boating, fishing, boat and shelter rentals, special events and more. Paddle boats are…
Mundelein

Dolphin Harbor

Dolphin Harbor in Old Mill Creek offers boaters and campers an ideal location, right on the edge of Grass Lake. With seasonal rates for boat slip rentals, they also offer year round campsite and boat storage rentals. Dolphin Harbor is a gated community of campers and boaters with clean…
Antioch

Fish Lake Beach

This campground has been family owned and operated since 1939. This is a great place to spend some quality family time or just to get away for some fishing, swimming and picnicking. All of the campsites have water, electricity, and fire rings. Campers can use the swimming pool, kiddie…
Volo

Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve

Rolling terrain, bluffs, ravines and mature trees set on the Lake Michigan shoreline make Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve a scenic destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Trails wind through the preserve to Lake Michigan's sandy shores, providing the first official public access to this section of shoreline since the Fort's military…
Lake Forest

Gill’s at Chain O’Lakes State Park

Gill's at the Chain O'Lakes State Park is a convenient bait and tackle store where campers can also pick up a few necessities including all the ingredients for S'mores! Don't forget to stop by Gill Galley's for all of your camping refreshments. Gill's offers a variety of canoe trips,…
Spring Grove

Jet Funn

With over 25 years experience we have the expertise to help you have fun on the Fox with boat rentals or wave runner rentals. Our team of experts can help you on your way to enjoying the Chain of Lakes whether you rent a boat or wave runner from…
Fox Lake

Lake Michigan Charter Fishing - North Point Marina

Enjoy the beautiful blue of Lake Michigan aboard one of over one hundred charter fishing boats on the Lake County harbors of Waukegan and North Point. You will find the Coho running in the late spring, Lake Trout biting in mid-summer, and the Chinook come home to spawn in…
Winthrop Harbor

Lake Michigan Charter Fishing - Waukegan Harbor

Waukegan Harbor and Marina offers the finest in boating with 1,000-slip marina. A wide range of amenities and activities make the harbor more than just a place to tie up your boat. Besides the freedom of Lake Michigan, the harbor offers an extended season. The Waukegan Harbor is conveniently…
Waukegan

Lake Minear Beach

Lake Minear Beach is Lake County's premier member-supported 72-acre beach with swimming in the summer, year-round fishing, and a schedule of fun events for members.Play and swim in the refreshing spring-fed waters or just relax on the clean sandy beach. The picnic area is equipped with several picnic tables…
Libertyville

Migrator Charters

Captain Caleb Weiner - Here you will experience the best Lake Michigan Charter! We fish out of North Point Marina located on the Illinois-Wisconsin border. Whether you are a seasoned fisherman or a first-timer, we will do everything to make your day with us safe, fun and memorable. Call…
Winthrop Harbor

Musky Fix Guide Service

Captain Ben Modica has been fishing for muskies since 1987; from the early 90's to present he has fished the Illinois Fox Chain of Lakes along with other lakes Including from Lake of the Woods to Cave Run Lake in pursuit of the elusive fish known as the Musky.…

Pedersen Marine Inc.

Pedersen Marina is a family owned marina that offers 80 Boat Slips free of wave action even in a storm, for boats 16-34'. Their “no wake” location with quick road access, only seven miles from I-94 makes a trip up to the boat a pleasurable experience. Enjoy a private…
Antioch

Popeye Fishing Charters

Whether an experienced fisherman or never having held a fishing rod, Popeye Fishing Charters will ensure an enjoyable fishing trip. Captain Bill and his crew will set up all the gear, net the fish, and prepare the fresh fillets for the grill. All equipment, tackle, and bait is provided.…
Waukegan

Renegade Charters

Captain Rich Boren - Renegade Charters is your answer to fun and excitement. Experience Salmon and Trout fishing at it's best. You can bring some friends, family, or co-workers on your adventure, as we offer complete trips for parties up to six people. Children are always welcome, take a kid…
Wadsworth

Round Lake Area Park District

Round Lake Area Park District offers visitors a wide range of activities and facilities to enjoy. They include Renwood Golf Course, the new Sports Center, the Prairie Grass Nature Museum, Community Theatre, outdoor pool/aquatic center, Fitness Plus fitness center , Child Development Center, Teen Center, Senior Center and acres…
Round Lake

Salmon Shop East, Inc.

Whether you fish from shore or boat, are a first time fisherman or an advanced angler, The Salmon Stop, Inc. provides anything or everything needed to enjoy fishing adventures. A full service fishing pro-shop The Salmon Stop, Inc. carries thousands of items from today’s top manufacturers. This store services…
Waukegan

Spring Lake Marina & Campground

Situated on over 8 acres of land, they are conveniently located off of Grass Lake, only 1/4 mile west of Route 59 in Antioch. Family owned and operated by Bob and Nancy since 1984, Spring Lake Marina offers a full service marina with over 65 boat slips, accessible through…
Antioch

T-Bone Guide Service

T-Bone Guide Service specializes in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin for the Multi-Species Angler. Captain Chris provides information and advice on the best rods, baits and techniques needed to become a successful angler in your area. To schedule your guide trip, or for more information, please contact me.…

Turtle Beach Marina

Turtle Beach Marina has the largest beach on the Chain, perfect for sunbathing, volleyball and Jet Ski parking. A children's playground, 4 cute cottages, 55 boat slips, boat ramp, restaurant & bar on several acres offer the largest picnic area and parking capabilities for pre-planned large events or a…
Antioch

Waukegan Harbor & Marina

Waukegan Harbor and Marina offers the finest in boating with 1,000-slip marina. A wide range of amenities and activities make the harbor more than just a place to tie up your boat. Besides the freedom of Lake Michigan, the harbor offers an extended season. The Waukegan Harbor is conveniently…
Waukegan

Waukegan Municipal Beach

Waukegan Municipal Beach is easily accessible by car, train, plane, bicycle or boat and is open daily from 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Our 400-acre lakefront, with a mile-long beach and 1,000-slip marina offer opportunities for the recreational fisher, competitive boat racer, beginning kite-boarder and everyone in between. This…
Waukegan

Waukegan Park District

The Waukegan Park District is committed to providing parks, facilities and leisure opportunities to our culturally diverse population through the resources of community involvement, dedicated staff and sound management. Facilities include the Belvidere Rec Center, Fieldhouse, Bonnie Brook Golf Course, Greenshire Golf Course, Bowen Park, park pavilions and offer…
Waukegan

Waukegan Port District

Located just a short hour drive north of Chicago, Waukegan Harbor has been known as the home of unsurpassed customer service provided by an experienced, friendly and dedicated staff of year round professionals for over 50 years. Offering competitive slip rates with no hidden fees, taxes or additional rates…
Waukegan

Waukegan-North Point Sport Fishing , Inc

Nick Ganzer is a full time USCG charter captain and has been offering a first class fishing experience since 1974. We cater to everyone from casual to professional sport fishermen and families, with enough action to keep even the most active kids entertained for a fun, relaxing 5 hour…
Lake Forest

Windy City Salmon

Our fishing charters are geared 100% towards your enjoyment. As we are a full-time, professional charter fishing guide service, we don't hold any other distracting part-time jobs, not even in the off-season where time is spent repairing and taking care of equipment and building fishing strategies for next season.…
Waukegan

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