2024 RATES

Hooky Charters invites you to experience the best in Lake Michigan Salmon and Trout Fishing. Our 2024 rates are very competitive and include all the equipment necessary for a fun and exciting day on the lake. Fish Illinois just off Waukegan Harbor for Salmon and Trout and you will find some of the finest fighting fish in the world right in Chicago's back yard. We offer the best rates for Chicago fishing charters and Lake Michigan fishing charter services.

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We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards. We do not accept American Express cards.
NOTE: We have a 14 day rescheduling or cancellation policy on all charters.

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Our Season runs
April through October


Weekday Special

1 to 2 passengers

starting at $550

add passengers $50 per person

5 Hour Fishing Charters

6am to 11am or 12pm to 5pm

7 days a week

1 to 4 passengers ........ $730

5 to 6 passengers ........ $760

6 Hour Fishing Charters

1 to 4 passengers ........ $790

5 to 6 passengers ........ $820

8 Hour Fishing Charters

1 to 4 passengers ........ $890

5 to 6 passengers ........ $920



*** Please note, rates are subject to change due to fuel costs and other factors. ***

Come and fish with the best! Playin' Hooky Charters


Fishing with Capt. John Wagner 2013 season 

Enjoy your day on the lake. Be sure to use the check list on the home page so you know what you should bring.

Q. Is there any age limit for bringing along my kids?
A. My best advice is that children under 5 years old may not enjoy the trip & might make it difficult for others also. Children under 10yrs should be accompanied by an adult one on one to get the most out of the trip. Life jackets are on board for adults & children.

Is a fishing license required?
A. All persons age 16 or older are required to have a fishing license.  A "all species" resident or non-resident one day fishing license can be purchased either on board with the captain (call ahead and check availability of licenses first) or at the local bait and tackle shop near the boat.  If you already have a state of Illinois fishing license, bring it.  You must have the proper Lake Michigan salmon stamp affixed to the back of the license.  Once again, if needed you may purchase the stamp with the captain (call ahead and check availability of stamps on hand) or you may stop by any bait and tackle shop.  You could even check with your local K-mart and Wal-Mart stores.  Many of these carry Yearly fishing licenses and Lake Michigan salmon stamps.

Q. Who can enjoy a charter?
A. Anyone who enjoys the outdoors and loves to share an adventure with friends or family.  A single person, a family with children or just a bunch of friends out for a good time.  Many corporations charter sport fishing boats to take their clients out and show them a good time away from the "office atmosphere."  Large groups can charter several boats and arrange there own mini tournament.  The boats are limited to a maximum of 6 passengers.

Q. Are charter boats licensed?
A. Not all boats offering to take you fishing are licensed charter boats.  My boat and boats I use when I have multiple boat trips are all licensed and state  inspected to carry six (6) passengers.   Myself and the other captains are all licensed by the US Coast Guard.  All have the proper safety equipment aboard to ensure a safe and enjoyable sport fishing outing.



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