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River Guide Jeff
09-09-2015 2:57:22 PM CST

River Report -- Another good day summer-tactics day. We boated 43 smallies and lost 12 to 15 others during a day that was shortened an hour due to impending thunderstorms. A wide mix of sizes, from a couple tiny fingerling-sized bass from this year's hatch, to a half dozen in the 16 to 18 inch range. Most of them 10 to 13 inches. A few on X-Raps, but mostly Zoom Flukes. Water temp 78 to 80 degrees, low and clear.

River Guide Jeff
09-05-2015 3:12:34 PM CST

River Report -- Sept 5 A good day full day trip. We boated/near boated 35 to 40 smallies. A nice average size; several bass in the 16 to 18 inch range. A variety of baits worked, including Zoom Flukes, Winco River Darters, X-Raps, and jig-worms. A bit of color to the river, particularly upriver of Emlenton. Still low and warm 78-79 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
09-04-2015 12:25:39 PM CST

River Report -- Sept. 4 A good four-hour AM half-day trip. We boated around 20 smallmouth and one walleye. Also lost several bass. Some nice fish today, including a pair of 19 inch smallies. Walleye was a 20 incher. Mostly on Zoom Flukes and Winco River Darters. A few on Rapala X-Raps. Flow continues to be low, clear and warm.

River Guide Jeff
09-01-2015 2:12:42 PM CST

Today's morning trip was typical of recent outings. We boated 12 to 15 smallmouth and lost several others during a four-hour AM outing. Most of the bass in the 12 inch range. A handful up to 15 inches, and a couple smaller ones. Flukes and Rapala X-Raps. Water temp 76 degrees, low and very clear.

River Guide Jeff
08-29-2015 2:17:34 PM CST

River Report -- August 26 A pleasant morning with a delightful father/daughter team. We boated/near boated around a dozen smallies during a half day am trip. No monsters but several bass in the 14 to 15 inch range. Everything on Zoom Flukes and Winco River Darters. Water clear, low and 69 to 71 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
08-29-2015 2:14:37 PM CST

Fishing update -- Clarion River A friend and I did a trip on the Clarion River today. We boated several nice smallies. It was the second trip in my new fishing kakak, the Frontier 12 by NuCanoe. This craft is allowing me to access smaller waters like the Clarion. My intention is to scout out select waters the remainder of the year, and perhaps offer trips on them next year. Look for more updates on these fishing excursions, and the NuCanoe, on this site.

River Guide Jeff
08-16-2015 9:30:27 PM CST

Keystone Lake Report -- We put in a six-hour afternoon/evening session on Keystone Lake. Hot, humid and sunny. We managed around 15 largemouth bass up to four pounds. All of the bass near edges of deep weeds. Texas-rigged Yum Dingers and T-rigged plastic worms. Water temp 82 degrees. Lake around three feet low.

River Guide Jeff
08-15-2015 4:23:51 PM CST

River Report -- Aug 15 Today's results typical of past several trips. We boated/near boated 25 to 30 smallmouth, one small walleye and a decent northern. Biggest bass in 16 to 17 inch range. Winco River Darters, Flukes and X-Raps. Water temp 76 degrees, low and clear.

River Guide Jeff
08-14-2015 4:38:55 PM CST

River Report -- August 14 Similar action today as with recent trips. First three hours or so were very productive. My late morning the bite tailed off and we worked hard for fish the remainder of day. Ended up with 25 or so smallies and two walleyes. Most of the bass medium-sized, though several were in the 15 to 18 inch range. Flukes and Rapala X-Raps. Water temp 74 degrees, clear and low.

River Guide Jeff
08-09-2015 4:52:56 PM CST

River Report -- Aug 9 A good day on the river. We boated around 30 smallies. No giants today, but several fish in the 14 to 15 inch range. As has been the case for a couple weeks, the action was good early, slacked off during mid morning and early afternoon, then picked up again toward mid afternoon. Flukes and Winco River Darters accounted for the majority of the fish. Several also on Rapala X-Raps. Other baits that produced fish included a jig-worm combo, Galida Grubz and Cordell Big O crankbait. Water low, clear and 74 -76 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
08-05-2015 4:37:11 PM CST

River Report -- Aug 5 We didn't get on the water until 9 this morning, missing most of the morning bite. Clients worked hard; we managed 15 or so bass and three nice walleyes before ending the trip late afternoon. Biggest smallmouth was 18 inches. Biggest landed walleye 22 inches. Also lost a walleye right at the boat that was in the 26 inch range. River Darters and Jig/Worm combos took most of the fish. Water temp 77 degrees, low and clear.

River Guide Jeff
08-04-2015 4:11:31 PM CST

River Report -- August 4 A good day on the Allegheny. During the first hour or so the smallies were quite active. We quickly boated a dozen. Things slowed once the sun hit the water. Still, by the end of the day we'd boated/near boated around 30 bass and one walleye. Several good-sized smallies up to 19 inches. A lot of small to medium sized bass as well. Most of today's fish on Winco's River Darter and Zoom Fluke. Water low, clear and 79 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
08-01-2015 11:42:56 AM CST
River Update -- With the river clearing and finally back to summer-like levels I ran multiple trips last week. The numbers of fish are going up; fewer percentage of bigger bass. Half-day trips are averaging 15 or so bass; full day trips 30 to 40. Lots of small to medium (nine to 13 inch bass in the mix), but still catching ones in the 14 to 18 inch range. X-Raps are producing, as are Winco's 4.75 inch Solid Body River Darter. Higher percentage of bigger bass on River Darter, though some have come on the X-Rap, especially early in the morning. River clear and warm (80 - 82 degrees).

River Guide Jeff
07-24-2015 5:19:50 PM CST

River Report -- July 24 Another pretty fair day on the river. We boated 28 smallies and one northern pike. Biggest bass 19 inches. Quite a few smaller to medium sized bass in the mix, which I'd expect as the water continues to clear. Action was fast for the first couple hours, but slowed by mid morning under another cloudless sunny day. Rapala X-Raps took most of the fish. Some also on tubes fished on Winco Flutter head jigs and Winco River Darters. Water temp 73 degrees by late afternoon, clearing and dropping.

River Guide Jeff
07-23-2015 5:26:28 PM CST

River Report -- July 23 Today started off fast for the first hour or so, then slowed for a few hours. The last hour provided another good spree. We ended up boating 35 smallies up to 17 inches, and one 20 inch walleye. Tubes fished on Winco Flutter Heads took many fish, as did leadhead jigs dressed with a section of Yum Dingers. X-Raps also took a fair number of fish. Water level about two feet above summer average, 71 degrees, and still quite dirty. Clarity should improve over next couple of days with no rain in forecast.

River Guide Jeff
07-20-2015 5:37:03 PM CST

River Report -- High, dirty water persists on the middle Allegheny. Water clarity slightly improved from last trip. During a half-day AM trip we caught 10 smallmouth bass and one northern pike. Several of the bass in the 15 to 18 inch range. Tubes -- including Winco tubes rigged on Darter jighead -- took most of the fish. One nice smallie on Winco spinnerbait. Water temp 72 degrees, dirty, and about 3 feet above summer average.

River Guide Jeff
07-17-2015 10:59:35 AM CST

River Report -- July 17 Muddy conditions hampered fishing this morning, much dirtier than trip of two days ago. We boated eight smallies during a half day AM trip. Two were in the 18 to 19 inch range. Spinnerbaits, tubes, Winco River Darter and X-Rap. Water temp 69 degrees and muddy.

River Guide Jeff
07-15-2015 4:41:41 PM CST

River Report -- July 15 Another good day on the Allegheny. We boated 30 smallmouth bass and lost another dozen. Also boated two nice walleyes. Several of the bass in 15 to 17 inch range. Tubes, jig-worm, X-Raps and Winco River Darter. Water temp 71 degrees, murky, and on slight rise due to overnight storms.

River Guide Jeff
07-14-2015 4:00:44 PM CST

River Report -- July 14 A fairly productive day. We boated 25 smallies and lost/missed a few others. Seven of the bass in the 17 to 19 inch range, along with several other nice ones. Most of the fish on Texas-rigged tubes, some on Winco River Darters and X-Raps. Water slowly dropping (though thunderstornms moving through this evening might change this); 72 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
07-12-2015 3:30:07 PM CST

Fishing Report July 11 and 12 -- River fishing was slow the morning of July 11. After boating only three bass in the first 2.5 hours we moved to Kahle. The action was also slow at Kahle, which was experiencing a mild algae bloom. We boated a half-day largemouths and lost a few others. The river smallies were nice size -- up to 16 inches. Terminator spinnerbaits, and one on Winco River Darter. All of the Kahle bass on Texas-rigged tubes. July 12 was spent on the Allegheny, with better results. During a six-hour trip we boated 15 smallmouth and three nice walleyes. Most of the bass were quality-sized -- up to 18 inches. Texas-tubes, Rapala X-Raps, Winco River Darters and Terminator spinnerbaits all took bass. The walleyes, which ran from 18 to 22 inches were all on spinnerbaits. River still about two feet above average, murky, but clearing. 70 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
07-04-2015 1:14:00 PM CST

Keystone Lake largemouth bass from late June trip.

River Guide Jeff
07-04-2015 1:12:59 PM CST

A nice Pymautning walleye from early July trip.

River Guide Jeff
07-04-2015 1:11:26 PM CST

Fishing Update -- The heavy rains of June wiped out river fishing and forced many cancellations/reschedules. Kahle Lake filled in the void to an extent. As of late June, though, Kahle was loading up with algae, which typically results in some heavy blooms. Late June/early July trips included productive outings on Keystone for largemouth bass; Pymatuning walleye; and finally back on the river for smallies. Trip of July 3 saw the river still high (7 feet at USGS Parker gauge; 2 to 3 feet is average for this time of year) and dirty. We managed some nice smallmouth, but not high numbers. All on spinnerbaits. The Allegheny should be in nice shape within a few days if the significant rainfall does not return.

River Guide Jeff
06-05-2015 3:50:39 PM CST

River Report -- June 5 Slow day on the middle Allegheny. My clients wanted to target walleyes part of the day. We managed to boat two nice'eyes and lost one other. Bass were tough, probably in the annual post-spawn funk. Managed around a half dozen smallies up to 17 inches. Most of the bass on Terminator spinnerbaits. Walleyes on Rapala Husky Jerks. Water temp 67 degrees, cloudy and about 1.5 feet above average for this time of year.

River Guide Jeff
05-26-2015 4:56:29 PM CST

Fishing Report -- May 26 We did a split trip today. Boated around 50 largemouth bass during the morning session on Kahle Lake. Most of them small, but a half dozen in 15 inch-plus range. Winco Wacky Worms and Winco River Darters. During the afternoon we boated a dozen smallies. Nine of them were 15 to 18 inches. We also missed a bunch, as the wind picked up and made detecting light hits difficult. All of the river smallies on Winco River Darters. River temp 67 and clear.

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