Fishing Frequently Asked Questions
Charter Fishing and Sport Fishing Trips in Waukegan, Illinois
WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON YOUR LAKE MICHIGAN FISHING CHARTER?
Fun, fish and stunning natural beauty! There are few lakes in the Midwest that can rival Lake Michigan for the amount and variety of sport fish. Lake Michigan charter fishing is a time and cost efficient way to catch the best salmon, trout, perch or other species. TMA Charters Inc. has the equipment and experience to take you where the fish are biting. Our fishing charters typically cost less per person than dinner at many Chicago area restaurants!
WHAT IF I HAVE NEVER BEEN FISHING BEFORE?
No problem! Our sport fishing charters cater to all skill levels. Yes, the fish we catch tend to be quite big, but our equipment is sturdy and easy to use. You will also get plenty of hands on instruction from Captain Les, a U.S.C.G. licensed Captain. We cater each fishing trip to your goals and comfort level. Please feel free to ask us questions before or during your fishing charter.
WHAT KIND OF FISH WILL WE CATCH?
Salmon fishing charters, trout fishing trips and perch fishing tours each have unique considerations. The season often dictates the size, species and numbers of fish a charter group will catch. In general; more fish in smaller sizes are caught during the springtime. Larger fish in greater variety are typically caught during summer charter fishing. Autumn is the best season for catching highly prized trophy fish!
WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING ON A FISHING CHARTER?
Simply bring snacks, beverages and sunscreen. You should also bring a cooler to store fish for the ride home. We suggest you consider the season when dressing, as temperatures on the lake can vary greatly from land. Captain Les is happy to suggest the best attire for your trip.
Don’t forget to purchase a fishing license as well. Capt. Les can inform you of what you will need and how to get it.
HOW BIG IS THE CHARTER FISHING BOAT?
We use a 35′ Chris Craft Corinthian Sport Fisher.The vessel is outfitted with Coast Guard required safety and navigational equipment. We thoroughly inspect the boat before and after each Lake Michigan fishing charter. The ship is fully, insured and impeccably maintained. Les is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain and your safety is his number one priority!
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I BRING?
By Illinois permit, we can carry up to six passengers. However, our charter fishing rates are adjusted by the number of people in your party. TMA Charters, Inc. also accommodates larger fishing trips with the use of extra fishing boats. This makes it easy to enjoy a day of sport fishing for fund-raisers, office outings and more.
WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS BAD?
Our staff will do their best to notify you ahead of time and reschedule in cases of bad weather. However, there may be days when this decision is made at the dock. In these cases, your deposit will be forwarded to another date. We do fish in the rain, so be prepared and bring your rain gear!
THAT ALL SOUNDS GREAT…. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
It’s simple! Choose a few dates that fit your schedule and call us at (847)736-7150 to book a Lake Michigan fishing charter. Your deposit can be made by check. A 14 day cancellation policy is in effect on all charter trips