Windy City Salmon

55 S Harbor Pl
Waukegan, IL 60085
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Phone: 773-791-7990



Morning charters leave at 5 a.m.

Afternoon charters leave at either 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.


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. We have fished the waters around Chicago for many years and have caught tens of thousands of these fish on our own. These days, Captain Rick gets just as big a kick out of taking customers out to catch fish as he does himself! It is in this regard that we will give you an honest and hardworking effort towards your enjoyment in the hopes that we can hook you up with the biggest fish of your life.

"What We Fish For"

Depending on the season, we will take you fishing for Chinook (King) and Coho 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. Depending on the species, we generally catch salmon and trout in the 3-20 lb range with larger, monster trophy fish not uncommon. On most days the value of your wild salmon and trout fillets will often exceed the actual cost of your charter. After complimentary cleaning of the catch at dockside, we will also furnish you with delicious, personally tested, take-home recipes to easily prepare your catch for the table, further extending your enjoyment of this world class fishery. And remember that these are wild fish that swim in the icy and crystal clear waters of Lake Michigan and not the farm-raised versions you find in most stores that have far higher fat and PCB content.

We are fully outfitted with the best rods and reels you will find on any charter fishing boat on Lake Michigan. Captain Rick Bentley 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!

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