Welcome to . . .
Fishing Guide - Walt Koch
Welcome to our 85th year of fishing & fun!
We truly appreciate your business & look forward to seeing you this fishing & boating season.
For 84 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. First Day of the Season-Friday,March. 28th!
OPENING DAY - Friday, March 28th - weather permitting. Call for updates.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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