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Coho Salmon Fishing We know a lot of anglers, especially kayak anglers, like pulling crank baits for coho salmon fishing. They certainly have a place in cold water coho salmon fishing. However, once the surface temperature of the water reaches 42 degrees, dodger/fly combos will yield higher catch numbers. Insects start to hatch which closer […]
Working On A Charter Boat So you are thinking about working on a charter boat. It's not the glamorous, fun-filled life, as it would seem from the perspective of a charter boat guest. In fact, it is far from such a life. Now don't get me wrong, if you meet certain qualities you might be […]
Chicagoland's Premier Fishing Charter Welcome aboard Spendthrift Charters - Chicagoland's Premier Fishing Charter. Hello and Happy Holidays. With the holidays upon us, we'd like to thank all of our previous guests. From our family to yours, we hope that your holidays are great.  May the New Year bring you all health and prosperity. Did you […]
Hey all, sorry we’ve been not posting reports in a while. We were away on a family trip and didn’t want to leak anything during Salmon-O-Rama, but we are back! Here is the report for this past week. Fishing is consistent with an number of King Salmon every trip along with Coho, Steelhead, and Lake […]
July 7th Fishing Report Waukegan and Winthrop Harbors Hey ya’ all, school is out and its time to take the kids fishing. Don’t forget that girls (women fish too). Our heaviest hauls (one is pictured here) of the season so far came on the 3rd of July with both kids and women aboard. Yesterday was […]
6/30/2023 Waukegan and Northpoint Fishing Report It’s been a great week of fishing ya’ all. The fish of the week is this 21lb Brown Trout along numerous kings and a good steelhead bite earlier this week toward the state line. The fish have been moving a bit each day with the winds, but not far. […]
6/26/2023 Fishing Report Waukegan Harbor & Networking Tips Fishing has been good from our harbor with catches consistently between 14-20+ fish per trip with no real great pattern to the fishing. We have some great news about what’s to come as there are limit catches of coho still holding up in Chicago. That typically means […]
6/16/2023 Fishing Report Waukegan Harbor & Using Apps for Safety and Fun While Fishing We have a great report from Waukegan Harbor for you all. We’ve fished all week and had catches from 20-30 fish per trip. The coho are getting bigger and the kings are getting feisty! 135’-180’ is where the action has been […]
Waukegan Harbor Fishing Report 6/9/23 and Fishing the Transition Fishing has been consistent, however the fish have been moving around the depths based on prevailing wind patterns. This morning we fished 70’-90’ and went 17/31. Lots of short strikes or fish coming off half way in. This week we’ve worked the water between 120’-145’, 90’-110’ […]
6/1/2023 Waukegan Harbor Fishing ReportThis has been one crazy season so far ya’ll. It’s the end of May going into June and we already have a fall fishery set up. There are a lot of nice kings getting caught and we wouldn’t be surprised if they break the 30lb mark by September. Additionally, the steelhead […]
5/25/2023 Fishing Report - Waukegan Harbor The past couple days have been a wash for us with the wind/waves as they’ve been. Our latest report comes from Tuesday. Fish have been scattered about the waters, but 80’ to 110’ have been producing the best for us. We are catching nice mixed bags with a number […]
5/18/2023 Fishing Report From Waukegan Harbor As we talked about in our blog a couple weeks ago there are kings in the area like this one we caught this morning. The coho have scattered and seemingly a bit early too. Although there’s some alewives around the harbors, we are marking most of the bait on […]
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5/4/2023 Waukegan Fishing Report The coho bite is still going strong and the bait is stacked. The fish moved out to 25’ - 40’ feet of water with 27’-30’ being the best today. Dodger/Flies and spoons are productive. Our best spoons are still the Michigan Stinger UV NKB and UV Killer Dolphin on the riggers […]
4/27/2023 Fishing Report - Waukegan Harbor Coho fishing remains consistent with fish coming on dodger/fly combos and spoons. Fish are holding between 20’-40’ working the bait in the area. Speaking of bait, there is so much bait, more success has come from working the outside of the bait than running right in it. If you’re […]
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Frequently called the "Best Chicago Fishing Charters" in Chicagoland and proudly serving the Chicago and Waukegan, Illinois areas for over 40 years, Captain Jerry Nied has been chartering the finest of fishing trips. Spendthrift Charters is one of the largest fishing charter fishing vessels available on Lake Michigan today. We currently have three 39-ft Tiara ships to satisfy every fishing need, no matter the size of the group. Captain Jerry is a full time U.S. Coast Guard and licensed captain. Fishing charters are available 7 days a week. Call now for the next available Chicago fishing charter departure time!

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