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.

We provide EASY ONLINE booking!

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.  His goal is to create a memory that lasts a lifetime for his guests. 


Our Boats

We have 2 new charter boats for 2017, a 33 foot Baha Cruisers Fisherman and a 25 foot Pursuit Center Console. Both are rigged to be salmon fishing machines! The 33 ft Baha can accommodate up to 6 guests and has a full enclosed head and cabin. The 25 foot Pursuit is an open bow boat without a head and can take up to 4 guests. 

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Call or Text us at: 312-504-1666