Restrictions are eliminating use of fishing guides
BALDWIN -- Restrictions against guide fishing because of the coronavirus attack, has taken its toll on businesses such as the Pere Marquette River Lodge.
"Fishing is really good for the first time," Frank Willetts, one of the lodge owners, said. "There's more fish than there are people. We're closed. We're not allowed to be open. We're a nonessential business. We can't have people in the store."
People can still fish but can't have guides.
"We're not making money, we're just going in the hole," Willetts said. "It's not good at all."
He said the nonguiding restriction started March 23 and goes to the end of April.
He has nine fulltime guides, but they aren't allowed go function.
"A lot of people are going to go without it,"he said. "We're usually sold on seven days a week from March 15 to about May 7. The store sees a couple hundred people each day. The lodge puts up 85 people a night, We run anywhere from 9 to 11 guides."
The Baldwin Bait & Tackle Shop was unavailable for comment.