Champion angler John Angel knows the best spots to find large schools of largemouth and smallmouth bass throughout the scenic waterways of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. During fishing trips, he escorts groups to these prime locales aboard his trusty 22-foot pro erNitro bass boat, fully loaded with poles and artificial lures for use. Excursions range from a half-day on the water up to multiple-day trips, complete with transportation, gas, lodging, and meals included.
For a menu that has everything under the sea (literally), head to Chicago's East Side neighborhood for fresh seafood dishes at Calumet Fisheries. Put the diet on pause when you visit Calumet Fisheries — there are no low-fat menu items. Calumet Fisheries is great for families with kids. Take advantage of the lenient pup policy, and bring your four-legged friend to the restaurant.
Be sure to show up for dinner a little early — Calumet Fisheries does not accept reservations. Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Calumet Fisheries patrons come in casual attire. You can also grab your food to go.
Guests of Calumet Fisheries' East 95th Street location can park their vehicles on the street.
Your bill at Calumet Fisheries will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang! Calumet Fisheries is cash-only, so plan a trip to the ATM before heading over. You can stop by at practically any time, since Calumet Fisheries serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
It's easy to miss Dan's Tackle Service & Fly Fishing Gear, a shop marked only by a sign that reads Open. Come in; however, for fishermen and fisherwomen, this spot is worth a bit of extra searching. That's because, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, “anything a fisherman needs — hip waders and boots to fishing cloves and BluBlocker shades — Pieczonka’s got it in stock.”
Dan Pieczonka is the owner of Dan's Tackle Service & Fly Fishing Gear and a passionate fisherman who cast his first line at the age of 4 into Montrose Harbor. He began crafting custom fly-fishing rods in 1970 and, in 1981, opened his shop in the upstairs apartment of his childhood home. A Vietnam veteran who also served in the navy, Dan has cast lines into bodies of water across the world. He can recommend the best fishing spots not only in and around Chicago but also in places like Saskatchewan and the Bahamas.
Part of the fun of fishing is the element of surprise: what's going to be on the end of the line? Will you accidentally stumble upon a fish flash mob? That's also part of the fun of Mystery Tackle Box, although the end goal is always to make your fishing trips more reliably successful. In the middle of every month, subscribers open up the mailbox to find a surprise assortment of four or five cool new baits, lures, and tackle. It's all tailored to their favorite type of fishing, such as bass, inshore saltwater, ice, or public pool. If they discover a product that really reels them in, there's also an online shop to order more.