Captain Daryl Szyska of Merganzer Charters grew up in Chicago, IL and fished the local ponds and streams since about the time he could barely walk. Captain Daryl originally began fishing the Lake Michigan waters off Waukegan Harbor for salmon & trout when he was about 10 years old with his long time friend Bill McNamara off a 18 foot Lund.  Fishing for everything that swims became a never ending passion.

Over the course of his life, Daryl has fished in many places from the backcountry of Canada, to the Dry Tortugas off south Florida, to monster grouper off Key West. There is little doubt that you will experience his same passion for this kind of fishing which is reflected in the intense efforts and strategies he implements when he takes you fishing for salmon & trout on Lake Michigan on Chicago’s own backyard.

Captain Daryl is a licensed U.S. Coast Guard Captain. He was also a fly fishing and hunting guide and will teach you to fish for whatever you would like to learn about.   During the offseason when he is not thinking about new fishing strategies and tying flies you will most likely find him hunting for whatever is in season, while he carries on his enthusiasm for the outdoors.