The St. Joe area in southwestern Michigan offers a year round fishery for trophy Steelhead and King Salmon. From January through April and then again in October through December, river run Rainbow Trout traverse the St. Joe River with sizes ranging from 8 to 20 Ibs (many in the 12 to 15 lb range). This trophy fishery lies 95 miles from downtown Chicago and offers the sportsman the opportunity to experience the kind of Steelhead fishing only available in British Columbia or Alaska. The best part of this unique fishery is the sportsman’s ability to fish under any weather condition.
Salmon fishing generally comes into its own in the fall and as the Rings come, so do the Lakers. At this time of year, you never know what will hit, but rest assured it will be big! In the summer months, charters exit the river and head out onto Lake Michigan where Salmon and Trout abound in the colder depths of the Great Lakes. This year round fishery is like no other in terms of the variety, numbers and quality of Salmon and Trout available to the trophy fisherman.
One guide, if not the top guide, is Ken Neidlinger of Silverking Charters. With 25 years of experience on the river and lake, Ken is most accomplished with his understanding of seasonal fish movements. With a 20′ heated river boat, six fishermen can easily and comfortably fish under the most adverse conditions. A 30′ cruiser will allow comfort and enjoyment on the big lake as parties of up to six search out schools of Coho Salmon, Kings, Brown Trout and Rainbows.For available dates and reservations, interested parties can call (312) 545-4044 or fax (312) 545-4045 for bookings with Ken.
Rates on the Silverking Charters are as follows: on the “Joe” River, $50.00 per hour (for up to 6 people) and on the “Big” Lake, $60.00 per hour (for up to 6 people). Special rates are available for Jumbo perch on Lake Michigan. All tackle is provided for and other than a Michigan fishing license ($5.00 per day) and/or lodging, there are no additional costs or gear to purchase. Taxidermy services are available through Superior Sport Fishing, so if you are one of many who is lucky enough to capture one of these Great Lake beauties, leave your catch with Ken and we will provide pick-up service for you.
Short of going to Alaska or British Columbia, lies at Chicago’s doorstep, the greatest Coho and Chinook Salmon fishing in North America. This universally sought after species has attracted Anglers world wide, not only because of their rarity, but because of their sportiness and rich table fare.
Lake Michigan also provides as an added bonus, trophy Rainbow and Brown Trout potential for every charter member on any given day. This varied fishery has become the envy of Salmon and Trout aficionados, not only by their size, but by their quantities as well. This highly regarded sport fishery extends from April through August and serves Chicagoans and tourists with a day of fishing pleasure unequaled anywhere. Whether a family outing or reunion is to be accommodated, corporate parties, or a group of avid Salmon and/or Trout trophy hunters, fun will be had by all.
Illinois harbors many charter boats and captains, but depending on the season and water temperature which can be a most critical factor in the Salmon equation, certain geographic locations in the state can be better than others. Lodging can be made through the Chicago Chamber of Commerce by calling (312) 580-6900.Charter boats can be reserved with a date and a $200.00 deposit through Superior Sports Fishing by calling (312] 545-4044 or by faxing reservations and deposits to (312) 5454095.
All fishing tackle, baits and lures are provided. All the Angler is required to bring is rain gear, deck shoes, camera and an Illinois fishing license and Salmon/Trout stamp ($19.50) for the season or a one day fee of $10.00.
Rates for charter boats range from early season $300.00 per day to late season $380.00 per day (for parties of up to 6 people). Fish cleaning service is generally provided and these professional captains do a great job in preparing your catch for the table.
Professional taxidermy is provided for by Superior Sport Fishing in Chicago. Whether it be your actual catch or a reproduction, we can make arrangements to pick up your fish at the harbor and expedite your trophy for you the same day. If your fish is to be prepared to eat, take length and girth measurements before filleting or smoking and fax them to (312) 545-4045. Deposits can be submitted once dates have been confirmed.