Pere Marquette anglers enjoying success

BALDWIN — The number of anglers at the Pere Marquette River isn’t all too high this time of year.

But anglers who are there are finding some success.

“Temperatures are up a little and the water is high, but not too high and there’s a little color to the water right now,” Derek Draplin, of the Pere Marquette River Lodge, outside of Baldwin, said. “With this weather, there’s probably been more people compared to last year. We’ve got some warm spells Friday and Saturday and I think it will be busy.

“It’s still winter fishing. You win some and lose some. It’s hit or miss and there’s definitely fish in the river. The river is more favorable now than it was before Christmas.”

Jason Frank of Baldwin Bait and Tackle added similar comments.

“They’re catching some steelhead in the Pere,” he said. “It’s been fair. They’re starting to ice fish on some local lakes. You have to have caution and take a spud bar with you. It’s pretty slow but we’ll get a few ice fishermen during the winter.”


Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at

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