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River Guide Jeff
06-14-2016 4:57:10 PM CST
Fishing Report -- June 14 A Kahle/Allegheny split trip. Decent morning on Kahle, especially for the first couple of hours. Around 20 lmb up to 16 inches. Mostly on X-Raps, but a few on Winco's River Darter and Wacky Worm. Slow afternoon on the river. Around a half-dozen smallies under the bright, cloudless sky. All on X-Raps. River getting low and very clear.

River Guide Jeff
06-13-2016 9:31:28 PM CST

River Report -- June 13 Around 10 smallies during a half-day evening trip. Biggest 17 to 18 inches. All on X-Raps.

River Guide Jeff
06-12-2016 4:21:10 PM CST
River Report -- June 12 A decent day considering the post-front conditions that brought cloudless skies and a strong, persistent north wind. We boated 24 smallies and lost several others. X-Raps and Winco River Darters. Water getting quite clear. Most of the bass close to fast current areas.

River Guide Jeff
06-10-2016 4:04:07 PM CST

Fishing Report -- A Kahle/Allegheny split trip today. First couple hours A.M hours on Kahle were fast paced. We boated 35 to 40 largemouth bass by the time we headed for the river. Mostly smaller bass, but a few in the 14 to 16 inch range. Winco River Darters. Action slower on the Allegheny, but we managed 15 or so smallies during the second part of the trip, including three in the 17 to 19 inch range. A few on Winco River Darters, but most of them on Rapala X-Raps. Flows about average for this time of year, with a bit of color.

River Guide Jeff
06-05-2016 6:13:47 PM CST
River Report -- June 5 Smallmouth action slowly picking up following the spawning period. We boated 20 smallies today and lost/missed a few others. Most of the fish in the 12 to 14 inch range, but a couple bigger ones, including a 19 incher. The majority of bass in summer locations, and on Rapala X-Raps.

River Guide Jeff
06-03-2016 9:07:58 PM CST

River Report -- June 3 Another scouting trip in the Kennerdell area provided a couple nice walleyes along with several smallies. Guide trips resume in a couple days. Rapala X-Raps and Winco River Darters.

River Guide Jeff
05-28-2016 6:17:55 PM CST

River Report -- May 28 Most of the action the past two days has been in and around shallow spawning areas, and has consisted of smaller male bass. Today I fished the area from Kennerdell to Franklin, and plan to run guide trips on this section of the river as soon as the bass get in the normal summer patterns. Water clear, relatively low, and quickly warming due to recent hot weather.

River Guide Jeff
05-26-2016 3:30:38 PM CST

River Report -- A good day on the middle Allegheny. We landed/near landed 20 to 25 smallies during a six-hour trip. Most of the fish in the 12 to 15 inch range. Biggest 17 to 18 inches. All on Winco River Darters. The warmer weather has a second wave of smallies up shallow in spawning areas. Good shallow water action should continue for at least a week or so.

River Guide Jeff
05-21-2016 6:35:27 PM CST

Fishing Update -- Action on the Allegheny remains slow for smallmouth. Given what I've seen during recent trips I'd say the majority of smallmouth bass have completed spawning. Bass can be difficult to catch at this time, and the continued cool weather isn't helping. If we get the warmer weather predicted for next week the action should pick up. During today's outing, shorted somewhat by a steady rain and tight-lipped bass we boated seven bass up to 16 inches and a nice northern pike. Winco River Darters and Winco Wacky Worms.

River Guide Jeff
05-17-2016 4:37:22 PM CST

River Report -- May 17 Smallmouth action still slow, which is somewhat understandable considering the up-and-down weather that included snow showers two days ago. During a four-hour morning trip we boated 7 smallies up to 17 inches and one walleye. Lost/missed a few more. Most of the action on Winco River Darters. Water flow average and clear.

River Guide Jeff
05-14-2016 4:29:19 PM CST

River Report -- May 14 Tough day on the river. Blustery day with rain and strong winds. Smallies tight lipped. We managed to boat five nice smallmouth up to 17 inches. Lost twice that many. And missed several others. Winco's River Darters.

River Guide Jeff
05-13-2016 5:21:29 PM CST
Fishing Report -- May 13 Today was a split trip on Kahle/Allegheny. The morning session on Kahle was okay. We landed/near landed around 20 largemouth bass, with several decent ones around 15 inches. The river was tough during the afternoon. A strong wind was blowing and the smallies were finky. My guests worked hard and we managed to four smallmouth up to 16 inches. Lost/missed several others as they were biting lightly. Winco River Darters and X-Rap.

River Guide Jeff
05-08-2016 4:24:17 PM CST

River Report -- May 8 Post cold front conditions; the bass less active than yesterday. During a "scouting trip" a friend and I managed several nice bass in the 15 to 18 inch range. Winco River Darters and Rapala X-Rap.

River Guide Jeff
05-07-2016 5:38:12 PM CST

River Report -- May 7 Go all-day trip on the Allegheny. We boated 25 to 30 smallies. A bunch of big bass, including three more 19 inchers. A few on tubes, but mostly on Winco's River Darters. Water continues to slowly fall and clear.

River Guide Jeff
05-06-2016 3:43:24 PM CST

Fishing Report -- May 6 A good day. We did a split trip between Kahle and the Allegheny. 19 largemouth during the morning session on Kahle. During the afternoon we boated 13 nice smallies and lost several others. Also one walleye. Most of the bass in the 14 to 15 inch range, though we managed a couple 19 inchers. Most of the Kahle largemouths on Texas-rigged tube. And all of the river smallies. Water slowly dropping and clearing.

River Guide Jeff
05-04-2016 2:54:35 PM CST

River Report -- May 4 First guide trip of the year on the Allegheny. Action a little slow, but we hooked up with a half-dozen nice smallies during a four-hour half-day morning trip. All nice fish in the 14 to 18 inch range. One in the 18 to 20 inch range lost near the boat. All on Winco River Darters and tubes. Water up a couple feet from recent rain and off color.

River Guide Jeff
05-01-2016 8:24:28 AM CST

River Report -- May 1 The River Rocket -- from Rock Proof Boats -- has arrived, and been properly christened with an Allegheny River smallmouth bass! Spent yesterday doing some of the rigging, but saved enough time in the evening to drop the boat in the water and give it a spin. Spent most of the time getting accustomed to the boat's handling, and its loading and unloading characteristics, but took the time to quickly fish one small section, which produced this nice 16 incher within the first few minutes. First guide trip slated for Wed., with several more on the slate throughout early May. Hope the rainfall stays within reason!

River Guide Jeff
04-24-2016 6:53:20 PM CST

Fishing Report -- April 24 The bass bite is picking up nicely on Keystone Lake. During a scouting trip today with a friend we boated around two dozen largemouth bass up to three pounds. The next four weeks should produce good fishing in shallow water for Keystone bass. It's an ideal setting for a half-day evening trip during a weekday. Also, I expect to take delivery of my new River Rocket (river boat) later this week. My first Allegheny River guide trip is slated for next weekend. Visit this page, or the Keystone Connection Fishing Guide Service Facebook page , for frequent updates on not only Allegheny River fishing, but lake fishing on Keystone and Kahle Lake as well.

River Guide Jeff
04-08-2016 5:24:19 PM CST

River Boat update -- April 8 I got the word today from Brent Kauffman at Rock Proof Boats that my new River Rocket will be ready for paint next week. Only other details will be mounting the new trolling motor and breaking in the Sport Jet inboard and it'll be ready for pick up. I'm anxious to get this custom-built boat out on the Allegheny -- to extend the added benefits it will provide to guide clients. Here's a picture of a similar River Rocket, photo courtesy of Rock Proof Boats. I have guide trips lined up starting the first week of May. If I have the boat in time, I'll make the last week in April available.

River Guide Jeff
03-12-2016 6:38:20 PM CST

Keystone Report -- March 12 My friend Dave and I spend a few hours on Keystone Lake today. As has been the case during previous trips over the past few months, we didn't put up big numbers, but did get some nice smallies in the 19 inch range. All from deeper zones on blade baits. The numbers should come up as spring progresses and bass move into the shallows. When that happens I'll start running spring/early summer bass trips on Keystone.

River Guide Jeff
02-21-2016 9:49:51 PM CST

Lower Allegheny River -- Feb 21 The warm weather the past couple of days opened up a lot of areas on the lower Allegheny. My buddy Dave Keith and I fished the Freeport area. Highlight of the trip was this sauger, just a tad shy of 18 inches. Looking forward to getting out a few more times before the season ends in mid March.

River Guide Jeff
02-09-2016 5:07:31 PM CST

Fishing Report -- Following a couple relatively unproductive trips to the Lower Allegheny (for walleyes) and Spring Creek (for wild brown trout) I had a better outing. Fished Keystone Lake -- had to motor through a couple patches of skim ice -- and caught a smallie just shy of 20 inches and a nice largemouth in the 18 inch range. Both on blade baits. My partner lost a big fish -- likely a walleye -- also on a blade. Looks like winter returns for the next few days though.

River Guide Jeff
12-27-2015 7:12:29 AM CST
End of the Season Wrap-Up -- My guiding season concluded the end of November. Post-Thanksgiving trips produced some nice smallies up to 18 inches and walleyes to 22 inches. Typically I remain available for guide trips during the winter months, but as I'm upgrading my river boat this year, I shut down early. PolarKraft it sold; next spring I'll be taking delivery of a new 18 foot custom-built River Rocket by Rockproof Boats out of the Harrisburg area. Wiegel Brother's Marine will maintain the boat's 200 hp Merc OptiMax Sport Jet, and remains my recommendation for factory-built outboard and inboard jet boats. Visit Rockproof Boat's website and/or Facebook page to learn more about the River Rocket's awesome capabilities.

River Guide Jeff
11-15-2015 5:12:00 PM CST
River Report -- Nov 15 A relatively slow day. We boated eight smallmouth bass and four walleyes. Biggest bass in the 17 inch range. Biggest walleye 22 inches. All of the fish on hair jigs, either Jimmy D's River Bugs or rabbit fur jigs. Water temp dropped from 55 degrees to 45 degrees, and up a couple of feet. Lots of leaves washing into the river with the higher flows.

River Guide Jeff
11-08-2015 5:57:30 PM CST
River Report -- Nov 8 We spent more time in walleye spots today, as that's what clients were most interested in. We managed four walleyes as well as 15 smallies. Biggest walleye in the 20 inch range. Biggest smallmouth around 16 inches. Jig-n-minnow and jig-worm combos. Action started off good, but quickly tapered off when the fog burned off mid morning. Water temp 52 degrees.

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