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                C. J. Smith Resort


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Helpful Links:

Antioch Chamber of Commerce

Fox Waterway Agency

Fishing/Hunting Licenses

Size/Creel Limits


Special Links:

Fox Lake Fishing - Paul Jones

Fishing Guide - Walt Koch

Fishing Guide - Mel Christensen

Fish Tales Charters

Pat Harrison Outdoors

Catch & Release Artwork

Caribou Gun Club


Welcome to our 85th year of fishing & fun! 

We truly appreciate your business & look forward to seeing you this fishing & boating season.

For 85 years, C. J. Smith Resort has provided everything needed to enjoy a day of fishing and boating on the beautiful Chain O' Lakes in northern Illinois.  C. J. Smith Resort is a family owned and operated business since 1929.  We believe in providing exceptional service and reasonable prices to our valued customers and guests. 

Open 7 days a week, late March - early November. Spring Hours: 6:30 am until 6:00 pm weekdays.  6:00 am - 6:00 pm on weekends. 

Crappies, Walleye, Bluegill and  Stripers are biting NOW - the wram weather has brought them into the channels.  Don't miss this exciting action - come on out today!!

We will be open Easter Sunday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm.  Bring the family boating or fishing and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather!


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  BOAT SLIPS are still available!  Call for details.

  Honest John's Crazy Eight - Frequent Fishermen Special - - Rent seven boats - the 8th one is FREE!  Just keep your rental receipts and bring them in. 

  Home Away From Home - Plan to enjoy the beautiful Chain O' Lakes area.  Make your reservation for our Guest House now.  Call 847-395-2753 or email us at: honestjohn@cjsmithresort.com

  Bait Special - Buy 4, Get 1 FREE!  Buy 4 containers of the same type of worm and get a 5th one free.

Honest John's Wall of Fame

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Honest John with a 15+ inch crappie caught on Bluff Lake.


FLOOD 2013


 Ron and Tony slay the bass in the Spring Lake channels using nightcrawlers! WOW - the fish are trembling when they are around!  20 inch walleye caught on Bluff Lake - Way to go Andrew!  Awesome Northern - 38 inches - caught by Omar Perez. Wow - look at this massive carp taken from Lake Marie. Bill LaVeau lands a 19 3/4 inch walleye from Bluff Lake.


  Daniel with an awesome stringer of stripers.    Wow - what a bass.  Perch and bluegill add to a successful day.  Ron and Tony slay the bass using nightcrawlers.    It's striper time! All caught in the Spring Lake channel by the bridge.    Nice stringer of catfish and bluegill for this young angler and her dad.




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C. J. Smith Resort
25315 W. Grass Lake Road
       Antioch, IL   60002

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