Kessel Guide Service

Kessel Guide Service is an independent fishing guide service and is a member of Michigan River Guide Association. We are licensed and insured.

    The guide business was passed down by David Kessel who is known to most people as "Captain Dave". He was a river guide for over 40 years. The business was passed down to the oldest son, Brian, who is the proprietor, and later on he was joined by his younger brother, Kevin. The Kessel boys have been fishing as long as they can remember.

"The next generation where experience meets fun and memories."

Brian Kessel

Brian is life long resident to the Baldwin area. He has either fished the Pere Marquette River or the Big Manistee River his whole life. He is married to his wife Kay and has two boys; he has passed down his love of fishing to both of his boys Brett and Matthew.

Operating Dates >>


January 1st to April 30th

        - steelhead fishing on the Pere Marquette

August 1st to October 20th

        - salmon fishing on the Pere Marquette

October 20th to December 31st

        - steelhead fishing on the Pere Marquette

Services Provided >>

We offer salmon and steelhead fishing on the Pere Marquette River. Options of running plugs, spinners or spawn. All fishing tackle provided personal safety devices and personal guide.


Fly-fishing on the Pere Marquette River is also available.


Rates: Full day 8- hours or until customer reaches limit, $100 non-refundable deposit required

to hold date for new clients.


Party of one - two people = $425

Additional charge for flies: $25 for one or $50 for two


  • We hold a state license

  • Riverside lunch is included in price

  • Member of the Michigan River guide Association

  • US Forest Service Approved



Customer Safety >>

A. Equipment Inspections
We do a safety check before each trip.


B. Safety Discussions
Upon customers entering the boat, we go over river conditions, personal flotation device locations and wading safety, etc.


C. First Aid and CPR
Brian  Kessel, proprietor – currently certified as a Medical First Responder (MFR).

Information Provided >>


A. Laws, Rules, and Regulations

We promote catch and release. If a fish is kept, we do stress the release of females. All state and federal rules are complied with.


B. River Ethics

We never anchor, fish, or wade, through a piece of water that someone else is fishing. When having to float through, I do everything I can to prevent disturbing another angler’s area of fishing.