staff4Both Captain Bob Bachler and Captain Tim Tanner started fishing with their fathers on the Great Lakes at a very early age. Capt. Bob admits that his father would take him salmon fishing in the 70’s just to catch an extra limit. But for whatever reason, they both got hooked. Together they have more than 60 years of combined experience on Lake Michigan fishing for salmon and have witnessed the changes to the great lakes ecosystem. Both are retired shift commanders from the fire service from different sides of the county. Fishing on their days off united them at the Waukegan Harbor where the idea of Battalion 1 Sport-fishing Charters developed. During 2010 both became licensed USCG Master Captains. In 2011 their passion for the lake and the pursuit of salmon turned into a business adventure.

Capt. Bob’s fishing experience also includes; Lake Erie walleye and perch, Unakaleet River Alaska king salmon, Fox River system for catfish, and inland lakes for bass, northern and panfish. In addition, Capt. Bob is an experienced ice fisherman and ice guide in Lake County.

Aside from being a charter captain and ice guide, Capt. Tim is an avid deer hunter. He takes multiple trips to the upper reaches of Wisconsin and hunts a variety of land in Lake County Illinois. He is a conservationist at heart and passes on countless shots to await the trophy buck.

The Battalion 1 crew are members of the Lake County Watersports Fishing Team. In addition Capt. Bob is a Pro-staff member of Plano/Synergy Products, Frabill, Michigan Stinger Trolling Products, and Rapture Trolling Flies. He shares his knowledge of Lake Michigan salmon and trout fishing tactics regularly as a guest speaker at local fishing clubs, Cabela’s, and Salmon Unlimited Illinois.


Captain Bob’s and Captain Tim’s Testimonials

The Battalion one crew is aggressively involved in charitable work that supports veterans and their families, recruits children to the sport of fishing, and outdoor conservation. This is how the crew met Mike of Lake County Water Sports. We are extremely pleased of our relationship with Lake County Water Sports. In fact, we have a couple a months during the year when we can’t fish the Great Lakes and there is no hard water. So to fill the void we recently purchased a small boat from Lake County Water Sports. Mike’s willingness to deal and the efficiency of the sales process was incredible.

Captains Bob Bachler and Tim Tanner On The Web

Battalion 1 Sport-Fishing Charters is located north of Chicago, in Waukegan Harbor, IL. Centrally located between the cities of Chicago and Milwaukee, Battalion 1 is able to service the needs of sport fishermen from Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Our premier service offers fun-filled Lake Michigan salmon and trout fishing charters for all anglers. Join us aboard the Battalion 1, a 39 foot Tiara Yacht designed for fishing charters and comfort. We are fully licensed and insured as a commercial fishing charter boat in the state of Illinois.

Learn About The Captains Boats

For the big water they fish a Tiara 3600 Open with twin 454 Crusader engines. The boat is meticulously maintained and cleaned. They have up-to-date electronics to provide a successful and safe fishing trip. Equipment is top-notch and they have the best of baits in their collection.

For the inland waters, they fish from a Mirro Craft 1616-O with a 40hp Mercury Outboard. This boat allows them to scout the lakes in preparation for the hard water ice fishing and provides a bit of R & R from the long hours put into the salmon charters.

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