Welcome to . . .
Fishing Guide - Walt Koch
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 3rd - November. Spring Hours: weekdays - 6:00 am until 6:00 pm. Weekends - 5:30 am - 6:00 pm
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 - Share your pictures and fishing stories with us. 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: 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.
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
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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.
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