Marv was born and raised in the small farming community of Urbank, MN. He got started in his favorite sport by going bullhead fishing with his dad, who raised minnows for his bait business and was pleased to hear that his son was going to be in the business as well. In the Spring of 1961, Marv and his wife Judy, started Koep’s Bait Shop along highway 371 in Nisswa and stayed at that location for 31 years. With their final decision and the push of the Linder brothers, the Nisswa Guides League was formed. Marv has three kids, Shelly, Kevin and Wendy that were all involved in fishing and the entire family is made up of wonderful anglers. Marv has now lived in the Brainerd Lakes Area for over 50 years and has achieved legendary guide status for fishing! He is a member of the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame. He enjoys walleye fishing and especially likes the company of his wife and family while out on the lakes. His favorite method of fishing is back trolling and he loves to take families and elderly out for a fun day of fishing. Marv has been guiding for over 40 years, the longest out of the Nisswa Guides League and beyond his years of experience he has a true love for the sport and never gets tired of trying his luck on the lakes.