Experience Chicago's lesser known side, Lake Michigan. Our passion is fishing for trophy Salmon and Trout out of downtown Chicago!
The Lake Trout did not dissapoint this morning! We are booked up for 2017 as there are only 2 weeks left. 2018 Calendar will be up soon. Fishing off of Chicago has been fantastic this year on Lake Michigan and should only get better next year!
Fishing continues to be crazy good out of downtown Chicago. These fish should stick around the rest of the summer. Some really big King Salmon are starting to show up in the area as well. Its going to be a fun August!
Slower fishing last night, but the weather/sunset made up for it. We landed 5 of the 6 salmon we hooked up on a 4 hour trip. We are getting spoiled when we consider 5 big salmon to be a slow night! The fish are likely moving deeper- we will find them!
We had 2 cancellations on the 25ft boat for this weekend- Friday and Sunday mornings. Take advantage of the great fishing right now and let's go fishing! Here are a couple fish pics from the past weekend.
We keep catching big Coho Salmon! The bait is in Chicago which means we should continue to have fantastic fishing the rest of July! The 25 foot boat has only a couple openings, while the 33 foot boat has a few more. The 33 foot boat is perfect for bigger groups up to 6.
Fishing has been very consistent this weekend. The coho are fattening up on all the bait around Chicago. Best fishing remains off Navy Pier in 40-60 feet of water.
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.
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.
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
August 19th and 20th. Practice day is Friday the 18th. We have all 3 dates open on both boats. This trip books up every year by July. Get your boat reserved now! Check out the rates.
Here's a sneak peak at our new 25ft charter boat. She's almost ready to fish. Putting on the finishing touches the next 2 weeks, then she will be ready to fish!
Happy 2017! We have some big changes in store for Why Knot Charters. We are in the process of purchasing a new boat for this year. We are moving to a 25 foot boat that will be a fishing machine. This will help us be one of the most green charters on Lake Michigan as we will be burning much less fuel per trip. This equates to less cost for you the customer. A win win situation!
We have some big changes coming in 2017, including a smaller boat for groups of 1-3 people and more availability on Fridays. Stay tuned! We hope Santa fills your stocking with plenty of fishing gear!
Every year the Illinois DNR gives the public a chance to get out and go fishing without the need of a fishing license. This year it is June 17-20th. This is a great chance to get those who have never fished before out on the water and get them hooked on fishing. We still have June 19th open. For Illinois residents this saves you $12 per person and out of state residents $17 per person. Give use call to book your charter on the 19th!
Hopefully this warmer weather sticks around and we are able to get on the spring coho salmon fast a furious! Our schedule is up for April and May. We are already booking trips. Give us a call or text to get the dates you want before they are gone!
Happy new year from our family to yours! We are already counting down the days until Why Knot is back out on Lake Michigan chasing salmon and trout down. Our 2016 calendar is now up and we are starting to get calls for the spring coho fishing. Give us a call and get your date booked before the day you want is gone!
To start thinking about the 2016 fishing season. We now have our spring 2016 schedule up for booking your trip. We have split the rates up for next year to a Spring season and Summer season. Due to shorter running times and fish being close in the spring, we don't have to burn as much gas which equates to more money back in your pocket! Spring is a great time to fill the fish box. Give us a call to get your Chicago fishing charter booked.
Earlier today, one of my guests on Why Knot from this summer sent me a article on the validity of this superstition. While I am not a firm believer in the curse, I have had enough bizarre days on the water with bananas hiding in the cooler to keep my eyes peeled for this ominous fruit. Here is a great article on how the banana became so hated among fishermen. Enjoy!
We are experiencing some of the best fishing of the year right now with a lot of coho salmon, steelhead, and lake trout mixed together. There are a few kings being caught as well. We have this Monday August the 31st open for the morning and afternoon. Give us a call today or tomorrow!