John Karakashian's Reports

Pere Marquette River fishing reports for trout, salmon, and steelhead from Baldwin Bait & Tackle.

March 20, 2019

"A faithful friend is the medicine of life"  - Ecclesiastiucus   We have experienced a high water event over this past weekend, but the river is looking perfect right now!  The water temp has been cold, but that is changing daily and warming.  A few fish...

August 15, 2019

Sorry for the long delay in reports.  After a very busy June and early July guiding, I took some time off to spend with family and friends.  Plus, our annual trip to Alaska just wrapped up (see details below).  Things are good here with...

May 13, 2020

Just a quick update...The shop will be re-opening Friday (May 15) for curb side service and mail orders until further notice...Shop hours will be 9am - 5pm.  Our Motel will start taking reservations as well.  We are patiently waiting to fully open our doors,...

March 27, 2019

Spring is slowly peeking out!  I spotted my first robin a couple days ago and the fish are starting to spawn a little more.  We still have very cold water...in the mid 30's for the time being, but the temps should rise over the...

September 9, 2019

The shop is now open 6am to 6pm seven days a week!  We are very busy and love seeing everyone on the river; hanging out at the shop or at the Motel.  Fishing pressure was outrageous over the weekend in the lower river...please respect...

April 4, 2019

The shop is still a mess from the flood, but will be getting new carpet soon.  Please excuse our mess for the time being…we will be better then ever soon enough.  The shop hours are 7am to 5pm Sunday through Thursday and 7am to...

September 17, 2019

What a week!!!  A LOT has happened; and I don't have time for the full blow by blow details, so here is the "Readers Digest" version.  Since I last wrote, the river was fishing well in the lower sections...add a bunch of rain and...

May 1, 2019

We are shifting gears from steelhead to trout.  It was a great run of steelhead with plenty of fish above average size (I hope this trend continues!!!).  Last Saturday "Officially" kicked off Michigan's trout season and it feels good!  Many sections of rivers and...

October 1, 2019

It is hard to believe, but it's October!!!  The recent rains have pumped up the river again.  The river is high and still on the rise.  The upper sections are "questionable" to wade, but if you know the river bottom you will be fine....

May 22, 2019

Shop Hours are 8am - 6pm seven days a week.  We have guides and lodging available...please call to inquire or book a trip/room - 231-745-3529.  Currently, my open Guide dates are : May 28, 30 & 31  June 1 - 3, 7 - 11,...