Q: Why should I use a professional charter service?
A: Using a professional charter boat with an experienced, U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain, not only ensures a safe trip, but also tips the odds in your favor of catching alot of fish. These Captains do this for a living, some of us are out 7 days a week. We share information with other Captains, so we know where the fish are every day. Our boats are rigged with the latest fishing and electronic equipment, and our fishing tackle is easy to use and kept in excellent condition. The Migrator is out 7 days a week.
Q: Is a fishing license required?
A: All persons age 16 or older are required to have a fishing license. You can purchase these licenses online (What to Bring Page for direct links), or at any Walmart, Bass Pro Shop, Cabelas, Ace Hardware, etc. If you already have a State of Illinois Fishing License, you must also have the Lake Michigan Salmon Stamp.
Q: Do I need to bring any fishing equipment?
A: No. All fishing equipment is provided for you on board the boat. All our equipment is easy to use and in excellent working order.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Weather can change quickly in the Chicagoland Area, so we recommend bringing some warm clothing and rain gear. Remember, it is always cooler on the water in the spring because of the water temperature. Please wear soft – solid shoes (tennis/sport/deck shoes) on board.
Q: Do we bring our own food and refreshments?
A: Yes, also bring a small cooler with ice to keep it in. Alcohol is allowed providing you are 21. Please bring cans instead of bottles because of the possibility of glass breakage.
Q: Fish cleaning?
A: Fish cleaning is available on board the Migrator for $2.00 per fish. If you prefer to do it yourself that is fine also.
Q: Do we tip the Captain?
A: Gratuities are always appreciated if you have enjoyed your trip and expect the memories made to last! Our goal is to give you and your friends/family the best fishing experience available on the lake.
Q: Where are you located?
A: We are located at NorthPoint Marina, Winthrop Harbor, Illinois. NorthPoint Marina is very accessible from I-94. Located about 35 miles North of Chicago, it has some of the finest Salmon and Trout fishing in Lake Michigan.
Q: How far do we go offshore?
A: The reason I keep The Migrator at Northpoint Marina, is the close proximity to deep water and fish. During certain times of the year, we start fishing at the harbor mouth, and we rarely go out farther than 5 miles. Less running time means more fishing time for you! However If we need to run the Migrator is extremely fast and efficient with twin 440hp Yanmar Diesels Engines.
Q: Is there any age limit for bringing children?
A: My best advice is that children under 6 years old may not enjoy the trip and might make it hard for the other people on board. Children age 10 or under should have one adult per child to assist them in having a great time fishing!
Q: What if I have never fished before?
A: Don’t worry, our fishing tackle is very easy to use and quite capable of handling the biggest fish in Lake Michigan. Your Captain will instruct you on how to use the fishing equipment and give tips on fighting the fish.
Q: How many people can I bring?
A: In compliance with the Coast Guard Regulations, we may carry a MAXIMUM of six (6) passengers.
Q: No Fish – No Pay?
A: “No Fish, No Pay” guarantee is good for 8 hour charters only. YES, THAT IS RIGHT -FREE! Offer null and void if you show up late for your scheduled 8 hour charter time or if you decide to cut your trip short and go in to shore.