Do I Need A Fishing License?
Yes, a fishing license is required for everyone who will be fishing during your charter.
Click here: https://dnr.illinois.gov/lpr/fishinglicensesfees.html for locations where you can pick up a fishing license.
What Do I Need to Bring?
Being prepared and comfortable is critical to having a good day fishing on Lake Michigan.
Captain Jim recommends you consider bringing the following for your charter:

• (Required) Valid State of Illinois Fishing License with a Lake Michigan Salmon Stamp (see link above)

• Sunglasses and hat (with leashes)

• Clothing that is comfortable and quick-dry.

• Layers are also important as temperatures can change on the water.

• While shorts and t-shirts are commonly worn during summer trips, consider packing lightweight long pants and long sleeve shirts to provide cover if the sun gets intense.

• Shoes with good grip. Deck shoes and any lace-up rubber sole shoes are good choices. Flip flops and shoes that slip on are not recommended as they can be dangerous on a wet deck.

• Check the weather and pack a rain jacket and pants accordingly. If inclement weather is forecasted, a change of socks and shoes is also a good idea for the car ride home.

• Camera or phone to take photos of your fishing adventure. Consider a leash or waterproof holder, just in case.

• Food and Beverages – Feel free to pack snacks, lunch, and beverages that you think will make your fishing trip more enjoyable. Alcoholic beverages are allowed on board with caveats. *No glass bottles or containers. *Intoxication will not be tolerated and will cause your trip to be cut short.

What if the Weather is Bad?
You have two options. We can either reschedule or refund your deposit. Talk with Captain Jim to determine what will work best for you.
Are Kids Allowed to Fish?
Kids are allowed on Jawzon. However, we strongly recommend children 6 and older. There are many things on a fishing boat that can cause injury if not respected and handled properly. Following the directions of parents and Captain Jim is necessary for everyone to have a safe and fun time. Children are required to wear their life preserver at all times while on the water.
Do I Have to Provide My Own Life Jacket?
No, we have a complete complement of life jackets in various sizes for adults and children on the boat. If you have your own life jacket, you are welcome to bring and wear it as long as it is deemed safe by Captain Jim.
Do I Have to Pay a Deposit?
Yes, a 20% deposit is required to hold your requested date(s).
Does Jawzon Fishing Charters Accept Credit Cards?
What if I Have to Cancel My Fishing Trip?
We recognize that schedules change and emergencies happen. Cancel more than 7 days out from your scheduled trip date – 100% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your scheduled trip date – your deposit will be put towards a rescheduled trip date.
What Kind of Fish Will We Catch?
Lake Michigan is home to upwards of 150 kinds of fish. Between natural repopulation and annual restocking, the fishing is good on Lake Michigan. The most common fish you will pursue on Jawzon are: Brown, Steelhead, and Lake Trout Salmon (King and Coho)
Is There A Bathroom Onboard?
Yes, there is a private bathroom below deck.