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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 86th year of fishing & fun! 

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

For 86 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, April - November. Summer Hours: weekdays - 6:00 am - 6:00 pm.  Weekends - 5:30 am - 6:00 pm

Beautiful weather on the way.  Plan a trip to the Chain today.

Stripers, bluegill, musky and catfish are all being caught NOW.  Don't miss the fishing fun!!


ORANGE FLAGS -A new law requires boaters who pull skiers or tubers to display an orange flag.  We have them in stock at the bait shop.

CRABBY BASS LURES are here.  These unique plastics and jigs are made locally and work great for catching the big bass,  Pick some up today.

  BOAT SLIPS AVAILABLE - Need a place to keep your boat?  We have slips available on a dredged, quiet channel in the center of the Chain O' Lakes.  Call for more information:  847-395-2753.

  LIKE US ON FACEBOOK - C. J. Smith Resort - See pictures and keep up-to-date with messages and fishing information.

  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: cjsmithresort@hotmail.com

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

Fishing Funnies

   You Know You're A Fisherman When . . .

1) You have a power worm dangling from your rear view mirror because you think it makes a good air freshener.

2) Your wedding party had to tie tin cans to the back of your bass boat.

3) You have a photo of your 10 lb. Bass on your desk at work instead of your family.

4) You think MEGABYTES means a great day fishing.

5) You trade your wife's minivan in for a smaller vehicle so your fishing boat will fit in the garage.


Honest John's Wall of Fame

Click each picture for a larger view.


  John shows off his 26 inch Walleye caught in the golf course channel off of Spring Lake this past week.

  Chicago Marine Police Outing - July 17, 2014.  Marine Police, friends and family enjoyed a day fishing on the Chain at C. J. Smith Resort in remembrance of Tommy Napolitano.


 Ron slays the Bass!!  These two twins were each 22 inches and weighed 5+ pounds!! Tony and Ron find the fish . . . awesome largemouth bass and 47 bluegills!    These anglers caught half a cooler full of bluegills in the Bluff Lake channel using waxworms - Nice Catch!!    Huge catfish for these two fishermen on nightcrawlers in the Spring Lake channels.


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




Contact Information





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

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