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Boat Storage

Rochell Storage Co., P.O.Box 392, Rochelle, IL 61068, 630-377-6293




Charter Fishing by Port

Businesses listed below are displayed in detail on the "Illinois Charter Page "

Burnham Harbor

Brush & Roll Charters Capt. Joel Reiser
Captain Al's Charter Boat Fleet  Capt. Al Skalecke
Chicago Dive Charters Capt. Hank Fiene
Jim's Bouy Charters Capt. James Krawchu
Salmon Seeker Charters Capt. Eddie Landmichl

Diversey Harbor

Angler Charters

Capt. Gintas Ancevicius

Capt. Randy's Charter Service

Capt. Randy Schmidt

Full Circle Charters Capt. Dave Fors
Kingfisherman Charters Inc. Capt. Jamie Kost
Leprechaun Charter Service Capt. Bill Kelly
S.S. Charters

Capt. Tom Serbin

Tracei Ann Charters

Capt. Lon Washsning


DuSable Harbor

KO Charters

Capt. Chris Conner

Charter Boat Chicago

Capt. Jim Boemmel


Montrose Harbor

Angler Charters

Capt. Gintas Ancevicius

Endorfins Charters

Capt. John Oberman

Confusion Charters Capt. Robert Poteshman


Manistee, MI

Rainmaker Charters Capt. Rich Pegau


McKinley Marina - WI

Silver King Charters Capt. Kurt Pokrandt


North Point Marina

Howie Fly Charters Capt. Howard Halsne
Montauk IV Charters Capt. Steven May
Passtime Charters Capt. Jeff Fain
Renegade Charters Capt. Rich Boren
Salmon Caddy Charters Capt. Jim Miller

Reef Point Marina - WI

Silver King Charters Capt. Kurt Pokrandt



Bon-Shell Charter Service Capt. Ron Mihevc

Freedom Charters

Capt. James Engel

TMA Charters Capt. Les Wood
Confusion Charters Capt. Robert Poteshman
Stellar Sportfishing Charters Capt. Rich Tanner


Winthrop Harbor

Always Fishing Charters Capt. Robert G. Rossa
A Morning Affair Charters Capt.KenLaBelle                                      
Anastacia Marie Sportfishing Capt. Jeff Griffin
Charter Boat Confusion Capt. Robert Poteshman
Duckbill Charters Capt. Bill Meier 
Fish Trap Charters Capt. Wayne Young
Kinn's Sport Fishing Capt Bret Cook

Tigger II Charters

Captain Tigger Ihlenfeldt

Rainmaker Charters  Capt. Rich Pegau

Fishing Camps



Fishing & Hunting Clubs

Bass Hawks,  19031 Cedar Ave, Country Club Hill, IL  60477
Calumet Harbor Sport Fishermen,  c/o Jim  Williams, 790 Lexington Ct. New Lenox, IL  60451
[email protected], c/o Ed Diem, 63 Douglas Ave, Suite 305, Elgin, IL. 60120      [email protected] 


Chicagoland Fishing Has no Boundries, 157 Hillcrest Ave, Wood Dale, IL. Ph 773-481-0000       [email protected] 
Central Illinois Muskies Inc, c/o Mike Steffa, 1126 N. Coronado, Peoria, IL  61604, Ph 309-637-6058
[email protected]
Chicagoland Bank Anglers, 555 W. Madison, Ste. 4211, Chicago, IL  60661, Ph 312-266-8270   [email protected]


Chicagoland Bass Club - Bassin' Bandits, c/o Ed Bohn 5240 W. 120th St, Alsip, IL 60803,
Ph 708-597-8698      [email protected]
Chicagoland Muskie Hunters, 1002 Grove Dr., Mt. Prospect, IL  60056, Ph 847-255-4740       [email protected]
Chicagoland Muskie Hunters, 1002 Grove Dr., Mt. Prospect, IL  60056, Ph 847-255-4740      [email protected]
Chi-Town Bassmasters, Phone: 773-296-4734   [email protected]
Des Plaines Lunker Busters, 2 N 050 Edgewood Ave, Lombard, IL  60148
Evanston Boat Ramp Assoc, P.O. Box 696, Evanston, IL  60204
[email protected]
Fishin' Buddies,  Bob  Long Jr, 9946 S. Halsted St, Chicago, IL  60628
Flatlanders Muskies Inc, 15955 Cannell Rd, Rockford, IL  61072
Fox River Valley Muskies, Inc,  Philip Gutmann Pres, 4200 Greenfield Ln. Lake in the Hills, IL  60102, Ph 847-669-8286,        [email protected]


Fox Valley Area Anglers, P.O.Box 3217, St. Charler, IL 60174         [email protected] 
Illinois B.A.S.S. Federation, Stan Leach-President, 217-632-3110      [email protected]


Ill Smallmouth Alliance, Paul Tobeck, 105 W. Jones St, Milford, IL  60953    [email protected]
Illinois Steelheaders, c/o Wayne Johnson, 2785 Montclare Ct, Aurora IL 60504-5286  Ph: 708-449-8080 
[email protected]
Illini Muskie Alliance, John  Weirich, 1002 Grove Dr, Mt. Prospect, IL  60056, Ph 847-361-9003  
[email protected]

Migratory Waterfowl Hunters, Scott Bryant, 618-465-9881, [email protected] ,


Mississippi Valley Muskies Inc, 5301 11th Ave. C, Moline, IL  61265, Ph 309-762-5417
[email protected]
North Point Charter Boat Assoc, P.O. Box 164, Winthrop Harbor, IL  60096-0164, Ph 800-247-6727  [email protected]
Quad County Hawg Hunters, P.O. Box 185, Plano, IL  60545, Ph 630-553-5475        [email protected]
Riverside Fishing Club, 4427 S. Clinton, Stickney, IL  60402
Salmon Sport Fishing Club, 6N271 Rosedale Ave, Roselle, IL  60172, Ph 630-834-4337
[email protected]  or [email protected]
Salmon Unlimited, Inc, 4548 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL  60646
[email protected]
Shawnee Muskie Hunters, P.O. Box 231, Murphysburo, IL  62966
[email protected]
South of the Border Muskies, Inc, P.O. Box 773, Antioch, IL  60002
South Side Muskie Hawks, 5211 S. Narragansett Ave, Chicago, IL  60638, Ph 773-581-8650         [email protected]
Spring Valley Walleye Club, 210 E. St. Paul, Spring Valley IL 61362, Ph 815-663-6141    [email protected]
Trollers Unlimited, 12816 83rd Ct, Palos Park, IL  60464, Ph 708-448-6447
[email protected]


Villa Park Sportsman's Club    [email protected]

Walleyes Unlimited, USA, P.O. Box 8817, Waukegon IL 60079     [email protected]

Waukegan Charter Boat Assoc., P.O. Box 946. Waukegan, IL  60079, Ph 847-244-3474


Fishing Reports



Fishing Sites

The Steelhead Site, 1001 West Washington Blvd., Suite 3G, Chicago, IL. 60607. Ph312-243-5255 Fax 312-243-5257   [email protected]




Launch Ramps

Listed below are over 300  launch areas, some ramps are public, some private, many  have a launch fee.  Some areas have multiple ramp sites. 

Illinois Boat Launches


Northwest Section

Illinois River, Hennepin
Illinois River, Henry
Illinois River, Lacon
Illinois River, Marshall State F/W area
Illinois River, Senachwine Lake
Illinois River, Senachwine Pumping Station
Illinois River, Wightman Lake
Lake Carlton, Morrison State Park
Mautino State F/W Area, East St, Sheffield
Mississippi Palisades State Park, Route 84, Savanna
Mississippi River, Albany
Mississippi River, Andalusia
Mississippi River, Big River State Forest
Mississippi River, Blanding
Mississippi River, Blanchard Island
Mississippi River, Cordova
Mississippi River, Fulton
Mississippi River, Gears Ferry
Mississippi River, Goose Pond
Mississippi River, Hampton
Mississippi River, Keithsburg
Mississippi River, Lock & Dam 14
Mississippi River, Moline
Mississippi River, Pool 16
Mississippi River, Port Byron
Mississippi River, Riverview Access Area
Mississippi River, Rock Island
Mississippi River, Savanah Nat'l Wildlife Refuge
Rock Cut State Park, Harlem Rd, Loves Park
Rock River, Byron
Rock River, Castle Rock State Park
Rock River, Dixon
Rock River, Geneseo
Rock River, Lyndon
Rock River, Oregon
Rock River, Prophetstown
Rock River, Rockford North
Rock River, Rockford Central
Rock River, Rockford South
Rock River, Rock Island
Rock River, Sterling
Shabbona Lake State Park, Shabona
Snakeden Hollow State F/W Area, Victoria
Spring Lake State F/W Area, South Park Rd, Manito
Starved Rock State Park, Utica

Northeast Section

Alsip ,127th & Cicero
Bang Lake, Wauconda
Big Bend Lake, Des Plaines
Busse Lake, Ned Brown Forest Preserve
Chain O’Lakes State Park
Channahon State Park, Channahon
Chicago Lakefront, Burnham Park Harbor
Chicago Lakefront, Diversey Harbor
Chicago Lakefront, Jackson Park
Chicago Lakefront, Rainbow Park
Chicago Lakefront, South Chicago
Crystal Lake, Crystal Lake
Dresden Cooling Lake
Du Page River, Naperville
Gages Lake, Gages Lake
Fox River, Algonquin
Fox River, Aurora
Fox River, Batavia
Fox River, Elgin
Fox River, Fox River Grove
Fox River, Geneva
Fox River, Island Lake
Fox River, Ottawa
Fox River, Oswego
Fox River, Valley View
Fox River, Yorkville
Heidecke Lake State F/W Area, Jugtown Rd, Morris
Illinois River, Marseilles
Illinois River, Morris
Illinois River, Peru
Illinois River, South Ottawa
Illinois River, Spring Valley
Illinois River, Starved Rock State Park
Illinois River, Utica
Iroquois River, Aroma 
Iroquois River, Sugar Island
Kankakee River, Ahern
Kankakee River, Aroma Park
Kankakee River, Des Plaines Conservation Area
Kankakee River, Illiana Heights
Kankakee River, Kankakee
Kankakee River, Kankakee River State Park
Kankakee River, Momence West
Kankakee River, Momence East
LaSalle Fish/Wildlife Area
Silver Springs State Park, Fox Rd, Yorkville
Waukegan, Lake Michigan
William G. Stratton State Park, Ottawa St, Morris
William W. Powers Conservation Area, 12949 S. Ave. "O", Chicago
Winthrop Harbor, Lake Michigan

East Central Section

Bloomington Lake, Hudson
Clinton Lake, Clinton
Decatur Lake, Decatur
Eagle Creek State Park, Findlay
Evergreen Lake, Hudson
Homer Lake State Conservation Area
Iroquois River,  L'Erable
Iroquois River, Watseka
Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood
Moraine View State Park, Le Roy
Mingo Lake, Danville
Oakland Lake, Oakland
Sangamon River, Mahomet
Sangchris Lake State Park
Shelbyville State F/W Area, Bethany
Shelbyville State F/W Area, East Nelson
Twin Lakes, Paris
Vermilion Lake, Danville
Vermillion River, Pontiac
Walnut Point State Park, County Road 370N, Oakland
Weldon Springs State Park
Wolf Creek State Park, Windsor

West Central Section

Argyle Lake State Park, Colchester
Augusta lake, Augusta
Banner Marsh Wildlife Area
Canton Lake, Canton
Carthage Lake, Carthage
Chautauqua Lake, Liverpool
Chautauqua Lake, Buzzville
Citizens Lake, Monmouth
Eureka Lake, Eureka
Gladstone Lake, Gladstone
Jim Edgar Panther Creek State F/W Area, Chandlerville
Illinois River, Argyle Lake State Park
Illinois River, Banner Marsh F/W Area
Illinois River, Beardstown
Illinois River, Bedford
Illinois River, Browning
Illinois River, Chatton Island
Illinois River, Chillicothe
Illinois River, Coughlin
Illinois River, Detweiller Park, Peoria
Illinois River, East Peoria
Illinois River, Florence
Illinois River, Hamilton
Illinois River, Havana
Illinois River, Kingston Mines
Illinois River, Lock & Dam 19
Illinois River, Lock & Dam 20
Illinois River, Marshall State F/W Area
Illinois River, Naples
Illinois River, Pekin
Illinois River, Peoria Lake, Peoria
Illinois River, Peoria Lock/Dam
Illinois River, Tuscarora
Illinois River, Warsaw
Illinois River, Woodford County Conservation Area
Jacksonville Lake, Jacksonville
Mississippi River, Batchtown Wildlife Mgmt Area
Mississippi River, Dallas City
Mississippi River, Delabar State Park
Mississippi River, Gilbert Island Wildlife Area
Mississippi River, Hamilton
Mississippi River, East Hannibal, Pool 22
Mississippi River, Louisianna, MO
Mississippi River, Lock & Dam 18
Mississippi River, Lock & Dam 19
Mississippi River, Lock & Dam 20
Mississippi River, Lock & Dam 21
Mississippi River, Lock & Dam 22
Mississippi River, Lock & Dam 24
Mississippi River, Calhoun Cty Conservation Area
Mississippi River, Mark Twain Nat'l Wildlife Area
Mississippi River, Nauvoo
Mississippi River, Niota
Mississippi River, Oquawka
Mississippi River, Oquawka Island
Mississippi River, Quincy Bay State F/W Area
Mississippi River, Quincy North
Mississippi River, Quincy Central
Mississippi River, Quincy South
Mississippi River, Red's Landing
Mississippi River, Shokokon
Mississippi River, Warsaw
Mt. Sterling Lake, Mt. Sterling
Pittsfield Lake, Pittsfield
Powerton Lake Wildlife Area. Peoria
Rice Lake State F/W Area
Schuy Rush Lake, Rushville
Siloam Springs State Park, Clayton
Spring Lake, Macomb
Springfield Lake, Springfield
St. David Strip Mines
Storey Lake, Galesburg
Waverly Lake, Franklin

South Section

Altamont Reservoir, Altamont
Anna State Pond, Anna
Beal Woods State Park
Beaver Dam State Park, Macuopin
Big Muddy River, Grand Tower
Big Muddy River, Murphysboro
Bunker Hill Reservoir, Bunker Hill
Carbondale Resveroir, Carbondale
Carlinville Lake, Carlinville
Carlyle Lake, Carlyle
Cave-in-Rock State Park, New State Park Rd, Cave-In-Rock
Cedar Lake, Carbondale
Centralia Lake, Centralia
Charleston Lake, Charleston
Coffeen Lake State F/W Area, Coffeen
Crab Orchard Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, Carterville
Devil's Kitchen Lake, Carbondale
Dongola Reservoir, Dongola
Du Quoin Lake, Du Quoin
Dutchman Lake, Buncombe
East Fork Lake, Olney
Ferne Clyffe State Park
Forest of the Wabash, Wabash R.
Ft. Massac State Park, Metropolis
Fox Ridge State Park
Fuller Lake Management Area
Glenn Shoals Lake, Schram City
Glendale Lake, Dixon Springs State Park
Governor Bond Lake, Greenville
Grassy Lake, Ware
Greenville Lake, Greenville
Hamilton County Conservation Area
Herrin Reservoir, Herrin
Highland Silver Lake, Highland
Hillsboro Lake, Hillsboro
Horseshoe Lake Conservation Area, Miller City
Illinois River, Kampsville
Illinois River, Pearl
Illinois River, Spankey
Illinois River, Pere Marquette State Park
Kaskaskia River, Fayetteville
Kaskaskia River, New Athens
Kaskaskia River State F/W Area, Conservation Rd, Baldwin
Kincaid Lake, Murphysboro
Kincaid Lake State F/W area
Lake of Egypt, Marion
Lake Murphysboro State Park, Cinder Hill Dr, Murphysboro
Lincoln Trail State Park
Little Grassy Lake, Carbondale
Little Wabash River, New Haven
Lost Creek, Greenup
Lou Yaeger Lake, Litchfield
Mattoon Lake, Neoga
McLeansboro Lake, McLeansboro
Mermet Lake Conservation Area, Metropolis
Mississippi River, Alton
Mississippi River, Batchtown
Mississippi River, Calhoun Pt. Wildlife Mgmt. Area
Mississippi River, Chester
Mississippi River, Lockhaven
Mississippi River, Lock & Dam 25
Mississippi River, Lock & Dam 27
Mississippi River, Oldenburg
Mississippi River, Pike County
Mississippi River, Thebes
Mississippi River, Venice
Mount Olive Lake, Mount Olive
Moses Lake, Benton
Nelle Lake, St. Elmo
Neumans Lake, Marshall
New Gillespie Lake, Gillespie
Newton Lake F/W Area
Norris City Reservoir, Norris City
Ohio River, Brookport
Ohio River, Cairo
Ohio River, Cave-in-Rock
Ohio River, Elizabethtown
Ohio River, Golconda
Ohio River, Joppa
Ohio River, Metropolis
Ohio River, Mound City
Ohio River, Old Shawneetown
Ohio River, Olmstead
Ohio River, Rosiclare
Old Mount Olive Reservoir, Mount Olive
Olney Lake, Olney
Otter Lake, Girard
Pana Lake, Pana
Paradise Lake, Paradise
Pinckneyville Reservoir, Pinckneyville
Pyramid State Park, Pinckneyville
Raccoon Creek Reservoir, Centralia
Ramsey Lake State park
Randolph State F/W Area, S. Lakeside Dr, Chester
Red Hills State Park, Sumner
Rend Lake, Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park
Salem Reservoir, Salem
Saline River, Equality
Saline County Conservation Area, Equality
Sam Dale Lake Conservation Area
Sam Parr State F/W Area
Sara Lake, Effingham
Shelbyville Lake, Shelbyville
Staunton Reservoir, Staunton
Stephen A. Forbes State Park, Omega Rd, Kinmundy
Union County Conservation Area, Reynoldsville
Vandalia Lake, Vandalia
Vernon Lake, Olney
Wabash River, Browns Pond
Wabash River, Grand Rapids
Wabash River, Grayville 
Wabash River, Hutsonville
Wabash River, St. Francisville
Wabash River, Vincennes, IN
Walton Lake, Litchfield
Washington County Conservation Area
West Franklin City Lake, Thompsonville
West Franklin Reservoir, Thompsonville



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