Experience Chicago's lesser known side, Lake Michigan. Our passion is fishing for trophy Salmon and Trout out of downtown Chicago!

While our main passion is fishing, we still enjoy going for cruises downtown to see the Chicago River, fireworks, concerts at Northerly Island, and just relaxing in the playpen. Unlike most charter boats in Illinois, we leave directly out of downtown Chicago. No need to drive 1-2 hours to get to great fishing!  Check out our charter packages. From families to the corporate business trip, we are confident we have a package for everyone.

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Your Captain

Charter Captain 

Capt. Brian is a fully licensed and insured USCG captain. What began in small ponds in Indiana, led to a passion of fishing mountain streams out west, boundary waters up north, and the great lakes in our own back yard. He is dedicated to putting his friends and guests of Why Knot on big fish consistently. If the fishing isn't good(which is rare), he will tell you. His goal is to create a memory that lasts a lifetime for his guests. 


Our Boat

Why Knot is the perfect boat for your Chicago fishing charter! It has a fully enclosed bathroom, cabin, and a wide open cockpit to fight the salmon and trout awaiting you in Lake Michigan. Why Knot is fully equipped with radar, GPS, and all USCG approved safety gear. At 31ft in length, she is the perfect boat for your next fishing trip. 

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Call or Text us at: 312-504-1666