Chicago Sportfishing Association

About C.S.A.


The Chicago Sportfishing Association is an affiliation of Coast Guard licensed Charter Boat operators whose primary goal is to promote the highest standards of Lake Michigan sport fishing for the Chicago area angler.

Other goals of the association are:

*All charter bookings are handled directly by our individual Captains.
*All CSA Captains are licensed by the United States Coast Guard.
*All CSA boats are subject to U.S. Coast Guard and Illinois DNR safety requirements, and have the latest state-of-the-art electronics, fishing, and navigation equipment for your safety, comfort, and sport fishing pleasure.

*Boats are conveniently located in five harbors bordering the Downtown Chicago Area


Click on the harbor name for a complete listing of boats: Montrose, Diversey, Burnham, Belmont or DuSable 

Book with our Captains to battle the great fighting Chinook or Coho Salmon. Chinook in the 10 - 20 pound range are common all year long and the Fall is an excellent time to catch the big spawning females! Coho are very plentiful in the Spring and limit catches are possible. As Spring turns into Summer, the fish get larger. Coho up to 8 - 12 pounds can be caught within sight of Chicago!


During the Spring and Summer, you also have a good chance of tying into some of the aerobatic Steelhead Trout. These fish are large Rainbow Trout and they can grow to be 15 - 20 pounds. They are great fighters and only about 1 in 4 are actually landed, but you will certainly remember that battle!


Spring and early Summer are also good for large Brown Trout. The Illinois Brown Trout record was caught in 1998 right off of Downtown Chicago!


Summer and Early Fall are great times for Lake Trout. These are usually caught in deep water and they are typically in the 10 - 20 pound class. Since you are fighting to bring this fish up from 100 - 150 feet, you should count on sore arms after the battle!


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