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Playin' Hooky Charters offers the best in Chicago fishing charters. We specialize in fishing charters on Lake Michigan fishing for Salmon and Trout. If your looking to catch Coho Salmon, King Salmon, Steelhead, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout or Lake Trout just come aboard the PLAYIN' HOOKY and you will enjoy some of the most exciting Illinois salmon fishing and trout fishing on Lake Michigan.

We are located close to Chicago in beautiful Waukegan Harbor and offer Chicago and its suburbs the finest in Chicago salmon fishing charters. If you are looking for a Chicago salmon fishing charter you have come to the right place!

Capt. John Wagner has more than 30 years experience fishing on Lake Michigan and is U.S. Coast Guard licensed and fully insured. For the finest Chicago fishing charter look to Capt. John.

If you're  looking for a great way to spend a day, or just an afternoon with friends or family, an Illinois salmon fishing charter, or a Chicago salmon charter is a fun and exciting adventure for everyone.

Do you have out of town guests? View Chicago from the Lake aboard the Playin' Hooky and catch some big fish, you and your guests will be creating memories that will last a lifetime.


Multiple Boats Available For larger groups

What you should bring:

If this is your first trip with us, please be sure to check the list above. If you follow our recommendations, it will help ensure you and your group have a fun, safe and productive trip.

Additional tips on preventing seasickness

Your dream fishing charter can become a nightmare if the motion of the boat makes you seasick or gives you motion sickness. Motion sickness has many symptom's. It can make you nauseous, cause you to vomit, make you dizzy as well as give you headaches and cold sweats. Seasickness can be mild, but for some people it can be incapacitating. Motion sickness can happen from traveling on a boat, in a car, airplane, train, or even on a ride at an amusement park.

Tips to reduce the risk of becoming seasick:

  • Be well rested before your charter. A poor nights sleep or feeling tired can make you more susceptible to motion sickness.
  • Take antiemetic drugs. A number of medications are available to help prevent or treat motion sickness. Medicines for nausea are called antiemetic drugs. They include antihistamines such as Bonine and Dramamine which are available over the counter. Scopolamine drugs come in pill or patch form and will require a prescription. Most of the medications work by counteracting the effect of chemicals released by the brain during seasickness. If you have any questions or take other medications be sure to talk to your doctor about which medications are best for you. You may be limited by the other medications you are taking. Be aware that Antihistamines can cause drowsiness as well as dry mouth and eyes. Because antihistamines block messages to the part of the brain that controls nausea and vomiting, taking a medication such as Dramamine works best if you take it before you get motion sickness. For best results, take the pill the night before your trip and one hour before you board the boat.
  • Get fresh air. If you are feeling seasick, it can be helpful if you go out to open air and look toward the horizon. Doing this can help your eyes see the motion and send the correct signals to the brain. These signals will coinside with what the inner ear is telling the brain and may help relieve your motion sickness. Fresh air, especially wind blowing in your face, often helps, as well as focusing on something other than the boat's motion.

The years of experience Capt. John has on the lake ensures a safe and bountiful fishing trip. If you have any questions be sure to ask Capt. John by calling: 847-313-9678

Capt. John Wagner 847-313-9678

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