Battalion 1 Sport-Fishing Charters is a fully licensed and insured commercial fishing charter based in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, and Algoma, Wisconsin. We offer world class Lake Michigan salmon & trout fishing charters for anglers from April through October.

Fishing is more than our business – It’s our passion!

Battalion 1 Sport-Fishing charters is now located at two of the top fishing ports on Lake Michigan. We will be fishing the southern shores of Lake Michigan in Winthrop Harbor, IL for the months of April, May, and June. As this is nearly the best time to fill your coolers with some of the greatest action of the season on Coho salmon, and Steehead. Starting in the middle of June our charter service will relocate up to our northern port of Algoma, WI. Algoma is located on the base of the door county peninsula and is famed for having some of the largest king salmon on Lake Michigan. Our season starts there in June and will continue through the month of October. Our premier service offers fun-filled Lake Michigan salmon and trout fishing for all anglers. Join us aboard the Battalion 1, a 36 foot Tiara designed for fishing charters and comfort. We are fully licensed and insured as a commercial fishing charter in the states of both Illinois and Wisconsin.

Licensed and Insured with over 30 years of Lake Michigan Fishing Experience.

You will always be guided by a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master Captain and a crew member to ensure the best safety and fishing success available. Our staff are all friendly, personable, and determined to provide you with the best Lake Michigan Salmon and trout fishing charter possible.

Located at Winthrop Harbor, Illinois


    Our research and knowledge of the salmonoids and Lake Michigan aid in our ability to produce successful catches given almost any condition. Depending on the time of season, our captains and the Battalion 1 will take you fishing for King and Coho Salmon as well as Steelhead, Brown, and Lake Trout. The daily catch will be somewhat specific to the season and the targeted species. Catches of limits of 20 to 30 fish per day are common in our spring season April – June in Winthrop Harbor with fish averaging 3 to 5 lbs in size as the season progresses we move to our summer home in Algoma Wisconsin where in general our numbers of Salmon go down but the size can go up exponentially with some of our King salmon weighing in up to 30 pounds.

    Battalion 1 is offering affordable fishing charter rates for the 2017 season as we have in previous years. You will notice we have rates based on the number of people in the group rather than the day of the week. Whereas other charters charge a premium for weekend dates, we do not. We understand time is precious and the need to work during the weekdays certainly comes before the luxury and enjoyment of a salmon fishing charter. With that said, we offer both half day charters and package trips that include both lodging and licenses. Our affordable boat rate includes fish cleaning & bagged for transport home  Read more…

    quote-start Very Clean boat, very friendly Captain (Tim) and First Mate (Scott) that got us on the fish. Really enjoyed the whole charter – great experience. Will be back.”

    – John W. (Chicago, IL)

    quote-start These guys work their tail off for their clients, always a great trip.”

    – Rick M. (Kenosha, WI)

    quote-start Our fishing trip was outstanding. We will without question charter with Battalion 1 again.”

    – Mark M. (Chicago, IL)

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    Lake Michigan Fishing Reports

    June / July 2016 Fishing

    After a bit of a lull in June, fishing is getting back to normal. Typical catches are between 10-20 fish with the majority being coho salmon

    June 30, 2016 read more

    2016 Fishing Season Underway

    The 2016 fishing season currently underway. Limit catches of Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, and Lake Trout are the norm right now. Soon we'll be

    April 7, 2016 read more

    Battalion 1 Catch of the Day!

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