Fishing guides are now active
BALDWIN - Fishing guides had not been allowed for several weeks during the state's Stay at Home orders dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.
But guides are now allowed, which has been good news for places such as the Pere Marquette River Lodge in Baldwin.
"It's been pretty good, we're finally getting into the dryfly season in the late spring, early summer," Brandon Tabor of the PM river lodge, said. "We're starting to see some grey drake action out on the river and starting to see some sulfers and the like.
"They've been letting us have some guide trips with regulations. There's certain aspects of the guide service they weren't allowed to run. But I believe they're loosening things up. There's certain rules with social distancing and having the guides sanitized and provide masks and other things like hand sanitizer. It sounds like the state government is allowing things to loosen up."
Activity remains slow Tabor said.
Michigan United Conservation Clubs Executive Director Amy Trotter was happy with the change.
"Fishing guides and charter captains depend on income that oftentimes comes in one- or two-month slots," Trotter said in a statement from the MUCC in May. "Guides who are MUCC members have let us know they are hurting. We know this isn't going to fix the income lost, but it might help them make it through until next season."