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river guide jeff
08-23-2019 2:08:23 PM CST

River Update -- Aug 23 I've guiding the majority of the days since the last update. Catching plenty of river smallies, along with some walleyes, on all trips. During the last couple of trips the river has been up a bit with some color, which has translated into more big smallies in the mix. I have a couple openings next week.

river guide jeff
08-10-2019 2:46:09 PM CST

River Report -- August 10 First time guest Bill (from Maryland) and his nephew Shawn (Mercer County) joined me for a morning, half-day outing. After a slow first hour the action picked up and they had steady action from river smallies. No bigguns today, but lots of hard fighting 12 to 15 inchers. Most of them on Galida's Grubz. Some on finesse craws.

river guide jeff
08-09-2019 1:10:22 PM CST

River Update -- August 9 We've been on the river most days since the last report, getting good numbers of smallmouth bass and walleye. Today regulars Dave and Brian came up from the Pgh area for their annual summer outing and had a great morning on the middle Allegheny. Got 'em on finesse craws and Galida's Grubz. Lots of smallmouth up to 18 inches and a bonus walleye. I'm booked solid next week, with some openings the following week.

river guide jeff
07-24-2019 4:53:36 AM CST

River Update 7-24-2019 Despite the continuing trend of slugs of higher, dirty water from thunderstorms we're getting out and are catching smallies along with some nice walleyes. When the water clears they are coming on swimbaits, flukes and Rapala X-Raps. When dirty, mostly on spinnerbaits. I'm booked up through the next two and a half weeks. Open dates starting in mid August.

river guide jeff
07-12-2019 2:10:03 PM CST

River Report -- July 12 Great morning on the middle Allegheny. A bunch of smallmouth up to 20 inches plus a couple good walleyes. The river is finally getting into summer shape. My next three weeks are pretty booked. Lots of openings starting around the second week of August. Give me a shout!

river guide jeff
07-10-2019 4:08:42 PM CST

River Report -- July 10 Sorry, I've been lagging behind on river reports on this page. We've logged a lot of trips the past month, when river conditions have allowed. Plenty of high, dirty water, but when we can get out we're getting some nice smallies on spinnerbaits and soft swimbaits. Remember to like my Facebook page, where I post fishing updates after all my trips.

river guide jeff
05-22-2019 6:12:49 PM CST

River Report -- May 22 Bill R. returned for his second day on the middle Allegheny. Today's bite was finicky...lots of lost and missed fish. But he put in his time and boated a bunch of nice smallmouth and walleyes. Lake Fork swimbaits, finesse tubes and Galida's Grubz put them in the boat.

river guide jeff
05-21-2019 5:34:58 PM CST

River Report -- May 21 Bill R. from SE Pennsylvania put in a full day on the middle Allegheny, the first of a two-day outing. Good day with lots of smallies up to 18 inches and a couple nice 'eye. Most of them on Lake Fork Live Magic Shad swimbaits. A few on hair jigs. The bass bite has been good. I have a couple openings next week after the holiday weekend.

river guide jeff
05-18-2019 5:00:10 PM CST

River Report -- May 18 With the Allegheny back down to a reasonable level regulars Tom S. and his son Ryan put in a full day. They put a nice bunch of smallmouth in the boat, including Tom's personal best smallie, 20.5 inches/4.4 pounds. Several nice walleyes, too. Got em on finesse tubes, Galida's Grubz, Lake Fork Live Magic Shad swimbaits, spinnerbaits, and hair jigs.

river guide jeff
05-10-2019 5:50:31 PM CST

River Report -- May 10 Regulars Scott Eisner and his wife Tiffany put in a full day on the Allegheny. Challenging conditions with blustery, ever-changing weather, wind and a rapidly rising river. But everyone worked hard and put around 30 nice smallmouth in the boat up to 18 inches. Finesse tubes, hair jigs and Galida's Grubz

river guide jeff
05-07-2019 4:33:26 PM CST

River Report -- May 7 First timer Theron B. came up from the Pgh area for a full day. A stiff wind made the finesse bite challenging in some spots but he worked hard and was rewarded with a nice mix of river smallies. The day also included a monster drum and nice northern.

river guide jeff
05-06-2019 5:28:46 PM CST

River Report -- May 6 Larry L and his brother Bill came up from the Pgh area for a full day of chasing smallies. The brown bass were a little finicky today, biting light, but they worked hard a put some nice ones in the boat. A few walleyes, too. Everything today on Galida's Grubz, fished as both a jig in the slower sections, and as a soft swimbait in shallower, swifter areas. What a versatile bait!

river guide jeff
05-05-2019 4:07:05 PM CST

River Update -- Two excellent walleye trips to usher in the opening of walleye season. The main focus will be back on bass as the prespawn smallie bite is firing up.

river guide jeff
05-04-2019 5:14:24 AM CST

River Report -- May 2 Michael M. and his friend Rudy traveled over from northeastern Ohio for a great full day on the Allegheny. After a slow first couple of hours the bite kicked in and they smoked 'em. Lots of smallies up to 19 inches and six bonus walleyes too. Hair jigs and Galida's Grubz put them in the boat.

river guide jeff
04-29-2019 4:06:21 PM CST

Fishing Report -- April 29 With the Allegheny River still running high my friend Sid Brown and I explored some new waters catching a bunch of nice smallmouth bass and walleyes. Finesse tubes, hair jigs, Galida's Grubz, soft swimbaits. Water temp 45 degrees.

river guide jeff
04-27-2019 8:18:44 AM CST

River Report -- April 26 Larry L. and his buddy John toughed out a challenging morning and put some nice smallmouth in the boat, the biggest being 20 inches. We finally threw in the towel when the sporadic rain and wind morphed into prolonged driving horizontal rain. Today's rain will have the Allegheny blown out again, likely through the middle of next week at least.

river guide jeff
04-27-2019 8:15:55 AM CST

River Report -- April 25 The Horvath family traveled up from the Uniontown area for their annual spring trip on the Allegheny and smoked 'em. A great mix-bag day. Lots of smallies including several doubles. Walleyes and pike too. Smallmouth up to 18 inches. Walleye to 24 inches. Finesse tubes and Galida's Grubz. Water temp 51 degrees.

river guide jeff
04-23-2019 6:08:55 AM CST

Fishing Report -- April 22 Great day up on Presque Isle Bay with my buddy Sid Brown. Big smallies and lots of 'em. The new G3 Garmin Marine Lake Vu charts played a big part in today's success. Hair jigs, Galida's Grubz, Jigging Raps all took fish.

river guide jeff
04-19-2019 6:08:14 AM CST

Fishing Report -- April 18 Regular client Evan and his buddy Al came up from the Irwin area and put a hurtin' on the smallies. A bunch up to 18.75 inches. They enjoyed a couple doubles during the six hour outing. Finesse tubes, Galida's Grubz and hair jigs put them in the boat.

river guide jeff
04-12-2019 3:14:48 PM CST

River Report -- April 12 Ben Statewicz and his father Harry put in a six hour shift before wind/rain/ and a touch of hail drove us off of the river early. Bass were a little more scattered today than in recent trips but they worked hard in windy conditions and put a nice bunch of fish in the boat, including several brutes up to 19.25 inches. Finesse tubes, Galida's Grubz and hair jigs all accounted for fish.

river guide jeff
04-10-2019 6:07:01 AM CST

River Report -- April 9 Red letter day on the Allegheny today for brothers Dave and Ed Novak of Akron, Ohio. Big numbers of big smallies including the best one of the year so far, a 21 incher that pulled the scale down to five pounds even. Got most of them on Galida's Grubz. Some on hair jigs too. Water temp up to 50 degrees.

river guide jeff
04-06-2019 2:37:19 PM CST

River Report -- April 6 Regular client Steve Gierl had a great six hour outing this morning. Lots of big smallies along with bonus walleye and northern pike. Finesse tubes and grubz. Water temp on the way up. River in great condition. I still have a couple weekday openings upcoming week.

river guide jeff
04-05-2019 5:00:24 PM CST

River Report -- April 5 Had the pleasure of having fishing legend John Galida join me this morning during a very enjoyable outing. A pleasure swapping "war stories" with such a talented angler, one whose fishing career spans multiple decades. In between tales we managed to put a bunch of bruiser smallies in the boat along with three nice 'eyes. Got them on Z-Man Fishing Products TRD TubeZ, CrawZ. And of course the hot bait was the Galida's Grubz. Water temp 42 degrees. Bass are staging up as they move out of wintering areas. The next few weeks should be awesome.

river guide jeff
03-31-2019 4:33:19 PM CST

River Report -- March 31 Great mid-morning to mid-afternoon trip with river smallmouth ace Eric Heil. A bunch of big smallmouth. Most from 15 to 20 inches. Only three or four less that 15. Z-Man Fishing Products TRD, TRD Tubez and Crawz were all hot. Nasty cold, windy day, but a big shout out to Simms Fishing Products for producing outstanding foul weather gear. The springtime bite is on! Lots of dates booked during the next few weeks but openings available too. Give me a shout to set up a trip!

river guide jeff
03-30-2019 6:38:36 PM CST

River Report -- March 26 A productive late morning-to-mid afternoon scouting trip on the middle Allegheny for smallies. Got most of them on Z-Man Fishing Products finesse tubes. During the past week we've caught smallies in the Oil City, Parker and East Brady areas. River guide trips for smallies will begin in earnest in about a week. Lots of dates booked, but plenty of availability as of now.

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