Lake Michigan Charter Fishing Information
Salmon fishing the Great Lakes is a unique experience geared towards those who are looking for more of a fishing adventure and hands on experience.
Although most clients allow Captain Matt to choose the species and style to fish, if you have a preference, let us know when you book the trip and we will custom design a trip to fit your desires.
Whether it is Acrobatic Steelhead, Reel Screaming Kings, Arm Busting Lakers, Huge Brown Trout, or just catch as many fish as possible, it is all at your fingertips if you so desire.
You have probably never been on a fishing expedition like Jackpot Fishing Charters before, and once you have tried it, you will be hooked. The only disappointed clients we have are the ones that wait too long to call only to find out the date they want is already booked!
Where We Fish
This section, the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin waters, of Lake Michigan is without a doubt the most consistent salmon producing stretch of water in all the Great Lakes from April through October. As a result, we usually fish within 1 to 4 miles of our harbor, but if we need to run further, I won’t hesitate to burn the extra fuel. The Jackpot is a fast, smooth riding boat to get you to the fish faster.
By being a full time charter captain, I can constantly monitor the fishery and spend less time looking for fish and more time catching fish.
What do we fish for and when to come?
This is one of the hardest questions for a Captain to answer. There are a number of different options available to you, depending on what your priorities are.
We catch Chinook Salmon (Kings), Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), Brown Trout and Lake Trout.
Jackpot Fishing Charters is a big fish, light tackle specialty charter service for Lake Michigan salmon and trout. Although we like to target giant salmon and trout, there are certain periods that are known for fast and furious action with smaller salmon also. We are still quite capable in this area, as it is truly the easiest to capitalize on.
Where Jackpot Fishing Charters is truly distinct and unique, is in our ability to find and catch much bigger fish when others are targeting the quicker limits of smaller fish and also during the summer and early fall months of Mid June, July, August and September, when the giants are prowling our waters.
What To Bring The Day Of Your Charter
- Coolers to take your fish home in (fish cleaning available)
- Soft Soled Shoes
- Weather Appropriate Clothing
- Food and Beverages (there is room aboard for your coolers)
- We provide soft drinks and water
- Fishing License (1 day licenses are also available on the Jackpot)
- Sun Screen
- Plenty of Ben Gay for sore muscles from fighting big fish
- Cameras for pictures of your trophy catch