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Things You Should Bring:


If you already have an Illinois fishing license~ bring it. Please make sure you have a salmon/trout Lake Michigan stamp on the back. If you do not have a fishing license then you will be able to purchase a one day license aboard the Spendthrift. (Please call ahead to check availability!)

Your Camera Phone:

I will be taking pictures on the boat as well to post onto Facebook and Social Media. I recommend you also bring your own smart phone camera or iPhone. I will be more than happy to take pictures of you, your friends and family with your catches from the day so you can post on your social media too! Ask each Captain about tagging your photos and make sure to add #ChicagoFishingCharters and #SpendthriftChartersr to every post!

Jackets & Raingear:

As with any trip that you may take it is always necessary to check the weather and the forecast for the day of your sport fishing charter. Each Spendthrift Charter is equipped with a sufficient heater to provide heat for you during the duration of your trip. We also have enclosed climate controlled cabin with air condition. So whether it is hot or cold or the occasional windy rainy day on the lake I will do my best so you may more enjoy your outing.

Non-Slip Shoes:

The Spendthrifts are outfitted with a special slip resistant flooring that helps you to keep you footing while you are aboard the boat. It is generally agreed upon by most people that tennis/running shoes and most sandals with a soft rubber sole is the ideal footwear. As opposed to dress shoes or hard soled boots.

Lunch and Drinks:

Most early morning trips I have coffee available and sometimes even donuts and/or sweet rolls. But just in case it is advisable to bring your own food and drink~ Space is available for your cooler.

Cooler (for transporting fish):

It is not necessary to bring a large cooler for your fish aboard. I have adequate space to store your catch and keep them in ice. At the end of your trip your fish will be bagged. Fish cleaning is available during your charter.

Welcome to Spendthrift Charters!

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!

Mail: 1091 West Dearborn Ln. Vernon Hills, IL. 60061

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