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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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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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Chef Jerry’s Captain’s Catch

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INGREDIENTS:

  • (1) Large salmon/trout fillet or (2-4) Salmon/trout steaks
  • (2) Bell peppers
  • (2) Bags small carrots
  • (2) Bags small red potatoes
  • (6-8)Sprigs of fresh cilantro
  • (3) Lemons
  • Oregano
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • McCormick lemon/pepper seasoning salt

PREPARING THE FISH: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of the dish with butter. Lay fillets or steaks in middle of dish. Roll two lemons until they’re very soft. Cut them in half and squeeze fresh lemon juice on top of the fish generously. Slice one lemon and lay round slices on top of fish. Slice bell peppers and lay these on top of fish and the lemons. Put one sprig of the fresh cilantro inside each of the bell peppers. Sprinkle entire fish with oregano and the McCormick lemon/pepper seasoning salt.

 Boil or steam the carrots and potatoes for about 5 minutes. Place vegetables around entire fish filling in your dish. Lay small pats of butter on top of carrots and the potatoes. Sprinkle them with salt, pepper and oregano.  Place entire dish in oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes. Salmon/trout should turn white in color and flake easily when probed with a fork.  ENJOY!!!


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