Now Booking Trips for the 2019 Season

Meet your Guides


"Our goal at Midwest Waters Angling Co. is to provide our clients with the best experience possible on the water. We currently guide on more rivers than anyone else in Northern Illinois.  We offer raft and power drifter jet boat trips on the most scenic and pristine rivers in the state. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced angler, come out and enjoy the best fly fishing that Illinois has to offer. We are a catch and release guide service that specializes in targeting smallmouth bass, carp, gar, and pike on the fly."

"We mainly go off the beaten path when it comes to the rivers we fish, getting to places that others can't.  We often don't focus as much on some of the main rivers, instead targeting backwaters, tributaries, and hard to get to places. There are some beautiful, scenic hidden gems in Illinois, which don't receive much pressure. You don't have to drive hundreds of miles to experience fantastic fishing. There are trophy smallmouth waters here within a 1 - 2 hour drive from Chicago."


Kurt Nelson grew up in Fox River Valley of Illinois,  in the western suburbs of Chicago. He was fortunate to have an excellent smallmouth and carp fishery in his home town. Kurt has been fishing the waters of Northern Illinois his entire life, while also venturing all around the Midwest in search of trophies. He has excellent knowledge of the fishing seasons and patterns in the area, and really knows how to find fish. He is hard working, knowledgeable, and passionate about fly fishing and the resources in our area. You will have a great time on the water with Kurt, and he will be sure to do everything he can to ensure you have a great time on your next day out on the river.


Mike Allen

Growing up in Illinois, Mike's early years were filled with many days spent along the local banks of the DuPage River, or pond hopping with a fly rod. He was lucky enough to have a father who put a fly rod in his hands at a young age, and in doing so Mike fly fished into his adult life. After military service he longed for something close to nature again, fly fishing would soon again fill this void.

In 1992, the Dupage Rivers Fly Tying Club became a mainstay in Mike's fishing and fly tying, and he has remained closely involved for the past 20 years. He now makes his home in the Fox River Valley, close to the His home waters of the Fox and DuPage Rivers, just two of the many watersheds in Northern Illinois that he has come to know and love.

Mike has fished all these rivers extensively over many years, and looks forward to sharing these truly special waters with you. He enjoys all kinds of fishing, but specializes in warm water fly fishing for native Smallmouth Bass, Carp, and Pike.



All offered trip:

  • Full day trips: 

$400.00 for up to two anglers rods, gear, flies and lunch included

  • 1/2 day trips:

$300.00 for up to two anglers rods, gear, flies included

  • Quick Trip

$225.00 These are 3 hour trips rods, gear, and flies included

  • Group Trips

$800.00 for up to two anglers Per Boat rods, gear, flies included