sport fishing in lake michigan??

Here’s another water activity for your Labor Day weekend! Sport fishing isn’t just for those living in tropical paradises. We here in Chicago can partake too!

A few weekends ago, my husband and I ventured out with his parents and their friends on an afternoon charter. The charter holds 6 passengers – not too small, not too big – and leaves from Montrose Harbor. Our captain was Captain Jeff (HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM!) with Lake Michigan Fishing Charters Inc. He’s incredibly knowledgeable and quite the character!

Once you board, the captain takes you deep out into Lake Michigan to the best spots known for King Salmon, Silver Salmon, Lake Trout, Steelhead, Brown Trout, and Perch. (Jake’s family was mainly concerned with catching some yummy King Salmon!) Here are some pics of us fishing!

{ jake’s dad reeling in. captain jeff is to the right. }

{ me trying to catch the biggest fishy ever }

In total, we caught 12 fish, which made for 24 fillets! Each couple walked away with 8 large fillets.

I had some good catches, but the catch-of-the-day belongs to Jake, who caught a 15lb King Salmon. Paula was a close second (see picture below).

{ jake fighting a bit fight against the big fishy, had to recruit his dad to help }

{ 15lb King Salmon }

{ aaaand paula’s }

The best days to go are days that are slightly overcast (fish come to the surface when the sun isn’t out). After you catch the fish, the captain will fillet them for you on the boat. If you’re interested, call or email Lake Michigan Fishing Charters Inc. Make sure to ask for Jeff!!
Until next time
<3 jenna

labor day fun

I don’t know about you, but I’m extremely excited for Labor Day!! If you’re like me and trying to decide what to do with your day off, I recommend sailing aboard the Tall Ship Windy!

My agency sailed with them for our summer outing. Being from Chicago, you can easily forget how beautiful of a place we live. Being out on the lake will definitely surprise you. Best part of the trip? The crew talks like pirates.. AAARRRG!

Check out the pictures below! It has multiple trips a day, and departs from Navy Pier. I’d recommend going this Saturday night so you can see the fireworks off the pier after returning from your trip. Fireworks are at 10:15pm!

{ Tall Ship, Windy }

{ me & some colleagues enjoying the voyage }

{ pretty city }

{ love }

{ the pirate boat will shoot fake canons at other sail boats like this one }

{ gorgeous view of Navy Pier }

Until next time
<3 jenna