Types of Lake Michigan Salmon & Trout Fishing Charters and Rates

Below is an overview of the length of charters and associated rates. All charters are available for either the morning or afternoon. The weekday and weekend rates below are to charter your private group of a maximum of six people (max by Coast Guard regulations). Charters on the Independence can also accommodate smaller, 2 & 3 person groups at a discount from Monday thru Thursday and are listed under the 2015 Weekday Rate Specials. Multiple vessel packages can also be arranged for groups larger than six people. If the Independence is  already reserved on the day(s) requested, Captain Rick has partnered with other excellent captains in Waukegan Harbor and will be happy to make arrangements with them for you to fish. The Windycitysalmon Association of Charter Boats, started by Captain Rick, takes the guesswork of having you call other unknown charter boat operations, in search of an opening. All charter fishing packages and prices remain the same when Captain Rick arranges a reservation for you on another boat.

Which salmon fishing charter is right for you?

Specializing in Lake Michigan Trout and Salmon Charter Fishing Adventures from Waukegan Illinois for the Chicago, Waukegan and Winthrop Harbor areas
5 Hour Fishing Charter: Captain Rick recommends this for the Spring Coho Run in April and May.

6 Hour Fishing Charter: Captain Rick recommends this charter for ALL other charters from June thru October. As the season progresses, schools of fish will often be found in deeper waters and the extra hour is often instrumental in maximizing more time to reach these fish and fine tune our presentation techniques.

8 Hour Fishing Charter: This charter offers the most value and gives us the ultimate flexibility in pin-pointing our presentation techniques as well as experimenting with others in order to offer you the best chance of catching both more and larger fish.

Weekday Rates (Mon-Thurs)

(based on your private group of up to six people – simple and straight-forward pricing with no add-on charges for fish cleaning)

5 Hour Fishing Charter – $510

6 Hour Fishing Charter – $580

8 Hour Fishing Charter – $700

Weekend Rates (Fri/Sat/Sun)

5 Hour Fishing Charter – $540

6 Hour Fishing Charter – $610

8 Hour Fishing Charter – $740

ALL PRICES INCLUDE COMPLETE CLEANING, BAGGING, & ICING OF YOUR CATCH ON THE BOAT. Most charter operators charge $30-$60 extra for this.  Captain Rick also has a variety of delicious and simple recipes on this website for you to enjoy your catch afterwards including his own famous Salmon Cakes recipe!

** 2015 Weekday Rate Specials **

– $185/person for 2 people, 5-hour charter Monday thru Thursday  –

– $150/person for 3 people, 5-hour charter Monday thru Thursday –

Come Fishing To:

** Catch and Prepare a Delicious and Healthy, Wild Salmon & Trout Dinner **

** Take Clients on the Water for a Unique and Memorable Fishing experience **

** Birthdays/Family Outings/Father’s & Mother’s Day **

Other Details

Specializing in Lake Michigan Trout and Salmon Charter Fishing Adventures from Waukegan Illinois for the Chicago, Waukegan and Winthrop Harbor areasMorning charters leave the dock at either 5am, 6am or 7am depending on time of year. Afternoon charters usually depart the dock at 11am or noon. There will also be times when we experience a hot bite earlier in the morning and when this occurs we will let you know the right time to start fishing.

We require a $100 deposit for each charter to be received within a week of booking in order to secure your reservation. 14-day cancellation is required for refund.

Deposits can be made online by credit card or by mailing a check.  Click here to make an online deposit.

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