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Great Chicago Fishing Charter Moments from Summer, 2015

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Fall is rapidly approaching and a great time of year to enjoy the crisp air and fishing on beautiful Lake Michigan out of Waukegan Harbor. Spendthrift Charters is ready to wind up the 2015 fishing season in grand style! Call or click today to book your Chicago fishing charter trip!

To all of our loyal and valued clients of 2015, we send to you a heartfelt thanks and SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! This photo gallery is about you and your fish! 🙂 Take a look at our Summer catches rewind! 

Captains Jerry, Kyle & Nick


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We love Corporate Events!

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What a perfect way to spend a beautiful spring afternoon aboard Spendthrift Charters, catching King Salmon, Yellow Perch, Brown Trout and more on a fun filled afternoon on Lake Michigan! Our charters help build up morale for a profitable year for your company. The return on investment is phenomenal! Call or click today to book your reservation!

Great corporate event this afternoon. Great way to show team building!!! Great job guys!!

Great corporate event this afternoon. Great way to show team building!!! Great job guys!!


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Fishing Charter Discounts Available by WRITING A REVIEW…

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Hope you enjoy your experience aboard Chicago and Lake Michigan’s most amazing fishing charter service! Make sure to leave us a REVIEW about how awesome your Chicago fishing charters trip was on either Google+ or Facebook!!!

If you leave us a review, we will offer you a discount! Ask Captain Jerry Nied for more details by calling (847) 514-4276 or emailing directly to fishjerry@aol.com or jerry@spendthriftcharters.com !

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Great King Salmon, Grant!!!

 

 

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Was little windy yesterday but still did very well with the fish and had a great time!!


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Lake Michigan Types of Fish – Did you know?

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Did you know the varieties of fish found in Lake Michigan? The waters off of Waukegan offer some of the best fishing in the world. Whether you are in town for a conference, planning your next corporate event or just want to enjoy the best fishing in Illinois on a relaxing weekend, Spendthrift Charters and our Captains are looking forward to taking you out for the adventure of a lifetime! Call or click to find our our current fishing trip availability. Spots fill up fast so do not delay!

Brown Trout

Identification: The interior of the mouth is entirely white. Lake run brown trout usually are silver, just like coho. However, once out of the water the typical large round spots, accented by a light colored hollow, begin to show. Normally the anal fin has only 9-10 rays, which separate it from other trout and salmon with the exception of the occasionally caught Atlantic salmon.

Habitats: In the Great Lakes brown trout are near-shore fish and are taken by shallow water trolling, surf casting or pier fishing. Usually brown trout in the Great Lakes are plumper than their inland lake and stream counterparts (similar to football shape) because of the super abundance of forage in the Great Lakes.


Chinook (King Salmon)

Identification: Best identifying characteristic is teeth set in black gums. The base of the tail flares like the handle of a canoe paddle, offering the angler a grip sufficient to lift the fish. Like the coho, the interior of the mouth will also be gray or black. Tail spots are usually restricted to the top half of the tail, but may also appear on the lower half. The anal fin usually has 15 to 17 rays. Chinook do not jump and roll as much as coho, but have tremendous power and make long reel-screaming runs.

Habitats: Open-water fishing is the best in spring and summer, as with coho. Migration to parent streams begin in late summer, with heavy concentration at stream mouths. Stream fishing peaks sometime in September, at the onset of spawning runs.


Coho

Identification: Tail spots are concentrated on the top of the tail. The interior of the mouth is usually gray or black, but the gums are whitish. The anal fin usually has 12 to 15 rays. Also, while on the line, coho often roll sideways, many times entangling themselves in the tackle.

Habitats: In spring and summer, coho can be found in open waters near concentrations of alewives or smelt – usually within 10 miles of shore in the upper 20 to 40 feet. In August and September, they concentrate in schools near mouths of the parent streams. Sometime in September, they begin ascending the spawning streams in waves.


Lake Trout

Lake-Trout

Identification: Color pattern is mostly gray above and white below with creamy white mottling on the back, grading to spots on the side – no red or pink. The tail is distinctly forked.

Habitats: Preeminently a deep-water and cold-water fish. In spring and during fall spawning season, when water is still very cold, lake trout may be taken in lake edge shallows. They too will run up rivers in the fall, and become quite accessible to anglers below the large dams which block and concentrate the runs. Summer and winter, they are taken by trolling and still fishing or “bobbing” in 50 to 200 feet of water. Large inland lakes near the Great Lakes are also likely sites. Some large lakes, well inland, maintain populations with annual plantings.


Steelhead

steelhead

Identification: The interior of the mouth is white, unlike either coho or Chinook. Also, the entire tail area is potted. Cheek plates and sometimes a line along the side are a rosy pink. Normally, the anal fin has 10-12 rays.

Habitats: Steelhead spawn in the spring, as early as March, but they begin entering the spawning streams as early as the preceding September. A recently introduced summer-run strain of steelhead may enter the streams in mid-summer. Special early and late seasons are held to take advantage of these runs. Stream fishing is prime in October, November, March and April. In late spring and summer, steelhead can be found in big water, usually within a mile of shore at depths of less than 50 feet.


Yellow Perch

 

Yellow-Perch-Fish

The charter boats Spendthrift & Spendthrift II are the top producing Jumbo Perch Charters on Lake Michigan. You’ll be Fishing aboard the most well equipped Perch Charter out of Waukegan, Illinois.

Brown Trout

Identification: The interior of the mouth is entirely white. Lake run brown trout usually are silver, just like coho. However, once out of the water the typical large round spots, accented by a light colored hollow, begin to show. Normally the anal fin has only 9-10 rays, which separate it from other trout and salmon with the exception of the occasionally caught Atlantic salmon.

Habitats: In the Great Lakes brown trout are near-shore fish and are taken by shallow water trolling, surf casting or pier fishing. Usually brown trout in the Great Lakes are plumper than their inland lake and stream counterparts (similar to football shape) because of the super abundance of forage in the Great Lakes.


Chinook (King Salmon)

Identification: Best identifying characteristic is teeth set in black gums. The base of the tail flares like the handle of a canoe paddle, offering the angler a grip sufficient to lift the fish. Like the coho, the interior of the mouth will also be gray or black. Tail spots are usually restricted to the top half of the tail, but may also appear on the lower half. The anal fin usually has 15 to 17 rays. Chinook do not jump and roll as much as coho, but have tremendous power and make long reel-screaming runs.

Habitats: Open-water fishing is the best in spring and summer, as with coho. Migration to parent streams begin in late summer, with heavy concentration at stream mouths. Stream fishing peaks sometime in September, at the onset of spawning runs.


Coho

Identification: Tail spots are concentrated on the top of the tail. The interior of the mouth is usually gray or black, but the gums are whitish. The anal fin usually has 12 to 15 rays. Also, while on the line, coho often roll sideways, many times entangling themselves in the tackle.

Habitats: In spring and summer, coho can be found in open waters near concentrations of alewives or smelt – usually within 10 miles of shore in the upper 20 to 40 feet. In August and September, they concentrate in schools near mouths of the parent streams. Sometime in September, they begin ascending the spawning streams in waves.


Lake Trout

Lake-Trout

Identification: Color pattern is mostly gray above and white below with creamy white mottling on the back, grading to spots on the side – no red or pink. The tail is distinctly forked.

Habitats: Preeminently a deep-water and cold-water fish. In spring and during fall spawning season, when water is still very cold, lake trout may be taken in lake edge shallows. They too will run up rivers in the fall, and become quite accessible to anglers below the large dams which block and concentrate the runs. Summer and winter, they are taken by trolling and still fishing or “bobbing” in 50 to 200 feet of water. Large inland lakes near the Great Lakes are also likely sites. Some large lakes, well inland, maintain populations with annual plantings.


Steelhead

steelhead

Identification: The interior of the mouth is white, unlike either coho or Chinook. Also, the entire tail area is potted. Cheek plates and sometimes a line along the side are a rosy pink. Normally, the anal fin has 10-12 rays.

Habitats: Steelhead spawn in the spring, as early as March, but they begin entering the spawning streams as early as the preceding September. A recently introduced summer-run strain of steelhead may enter the streams in mid-summer. Special early and late seasons are held to take advantage of these runs. Stream fishing is prime in October, November, March and April. In late spring and summer, steelhead can be found in big water, usually within a mile of shore at depths of less than 50 feet.


Yellow Perch

 

Yellow-Perch-Fish

The charter boats Spendthrift & Spendthrift II are the top producing Jumbo Perch Charters on Lake Michigan. You’ll be Fishing aboard the most well equipped Perch Charter out of Waukegan, Illinois.


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Great job guys! What an amazing fishing trip!

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See how much fun this group had? Call or click today to enjoy the Chicago fishing charter experience of a lifetime on beautiful Lake Michigan! The fish are biting, Spring is in the air and Captains Jerry, Kyle and Nick are looking forward to meeting you! From tasty Lake Michigan Chinook King Salmon, to Waukegan’s Brown Trout, to the aggressive Coho’s…Spendthrift Charters offers you the fishing expedition of a lifetime!

DON’T FORGET… April is Yellow Perch season! Book now to take advantage of this special time of year. See you soon!

Way to go guys! Enjoying Chicago Fishing Charters Spendthrift Charters!

Way to go guys! Enjoying Chicago Fishing Charters Spendthrift Charters!


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Blackened Lake Michigan Salmon – Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • ¾ lb. (3 sticks) unsalted butter, melted in a skillet
  • 6 fish fillets ½ to ¾ inch thick
  • Seasoning mix:
    • 3 tbsp. sweet paprika
    • 3 tsp. Salt
    • 3 tsp. Onion powder
    • 3 tsp. Garlic powder
    • 1 tsp. Ground red pepper (preferably cayenne)
    • 1 tsp. White pepper
    • 1 tsp. Black pepper
    • 1 ½ tsp. Dried thyme leaves
    • 1 ½ tsp. Dried oregano leaves

Instructions:

  1. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over very high heat until it is beyond the smoking stage and you see white ash in the skillet bottom (the skillet cannot be too hot for this dish), at least 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, pour 2 TBSP melted butter in each of 6 small ramekins; set aside and keep warm. Reserve the remaining butter in its skillet. Heat the serving plates in a 250 deg. oven.
  3. Thoroughly combine the seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl. Dip each fillet in the reserved melted butter so that both sides are well coated; then sprinkle seasoning mix generously and evenly on both sides of the fillets; patting it in by hand. Place in the hot skillet and pour 1 teaspoon melted butter on top of each fillet (be careful, as the butter may flame up). Cook, uncovered, over the same high heat until the underside looks charred, about 2 minutes (the time will vary according to the fillet’s thickness and the heat of the skillet). Turn the fish over and again pour 1 teaspoon butter on top; cook until fish is done, about 2 minutes more. Repeat with remaining fillets. Serve each fillet while piping hot.
  4. To serve, place one fillet and a ramekin of butter on each heating serving plate.

NOTE: If you do not have a commercial hood vent over your stove, making blackened salmon will smoke you and your guests out of the kitchen and possibly the house. There is intense smoke when making this dish. It is a great dish to cook outdoors on a gas grill (a charcoal fire doesn’t get hot enough to “blacken” the fish properly).

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NEW! 2015 Fishing Stories! Already Being Written!

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Book your next fishing adventure today!

Meanwhile, take a look at the fun our first few 2015 Chicago Fishing Charter clients are having. The waters of Lake Michigan are beautiful! The fish are biting! The weather continues to warm up! Sunny fishing days ahead!

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Spendthrift III is in the water!

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We here at Spendthrift Charters are very excited to get the season started, everything went great today and the Spendthrift III is running perfect!!


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Fun Fishing Charter in Chicago’s Lake Michigan – Waukegan

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We have fun catching fish in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.  Don’t worry if you are new to the world of sport fishing.”No Prior Fishing Experience Necessary” and all ages are welcome. Whether you are a native to Chicago or just visiting the area, I sincerely hope that you enjoy your stay.  Thank you for taking the time to visit with us on our website.


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CHICAGO FISHING CHARTERS | LAKE MICHIGAN FISHING CHARTERS

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Welcome to Spendthrift Charters

We are the Chicago’s Lake Michigan area’s premier fishing charters.  We have been serving the Chicago and Waukegan areas for over 30 years.  We are not only the most popular charter service but we continue to be #1 in customer satisfaction year after year.  This is World Class Salmon and Trout Fishing at it’s best.  We have Three 39 ft Tiara’s sportfishermans to accommodate  even larger groups when needed.


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