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River Guide Jeff
11-06-2015 5:23:53 PM CST
River Report -- Nov 6 A good day, action-wise. But many small fish, and a lot of lost fish. We probably hooked at least forty bass during the outing. Did manage a few good ones up to 17 inches. Winco's Baby Tastee Tube accounted for many bass, as did a Yum Dinger fished on a leadhead jig. Water temp up to 56 degrees, nice flow and color. The long-range forecast indicates lots of temps in the 40s and 50s to there could well be plenty of opportunity for river smallies remaining. Bigger fish should begin showing up in greater numbers as water cools.

River Guide Jeff
11-05-2015 5:46:25 PM CST
River Report -- Nov 5 We had a relatively productive day today. Boated 24 smallies and one 22 inch walleye. Many of the bass on the smaller to medium size range, though we did boat a few in the 15 to 17 inch range. Winco Baby Teaser Tubes, Galida Grubz; jig-and-reaper combo, and rabbit fur jigs produced the fish. Water temp back up to 55 degrees by the time we got off the water late afternoon. Still a bit high; stained.

River Guide Jeff
11-03-2015 6:11:54 PM CST
River Report -- Nov 3. The widespread heavy rain of mid week (last week) blew out the Allegheny for several days. It's back to (what I consider) a fishable level, though still a couple feet higher than typical for this time of year. With several upcoming guide trips approaching a friend and I did a 6 hour scouting trip. We managed 13 or 14 smallies and two legal walleyes. No monster bass, but most were in the 13 to 16.5 inch range. Tubes (including Winco's Baby Teaser Tubes), Galida's Grubz and Strike King Bitsy jigs (with Yum Craw Papi trailer) all produced fish. Water still dirty but clearing and 53 degrees. All of the fish in typical fall spots, i.e. deeper pockets protected from strong current.

River Guide Jeff
10-25-2015 3:27:35 PM CST
iver Report -- Oct 25. Another outing where we worked for bites. Around 10 smallmouth boated/near boated during a half-day AM trip. Mostly medium-sized bass today, with a couple better ones up to 17 inches. Higher flows and colder water temps needed to push bass into "wintering" type areas. Water up about a half-foot from last night's rain, still in the mid 50 degree range, with a fair level of color. Winco River Darters and X-Raps.

River Guide Jeff
10-24-2015 5:33:04 PM CST

River Report -- The bite a bit slower today than last trip (two days ago). Still, clients worked hard and were rewarded with some nice fish. We boated around 20 smallies, two walleyes and one small northern. Some smaller bass today. But plenty of quality-sized smallies, and a few big ones up to 19 inches. Winco River Darters and finesse jigs took most of the fish. Water quite clear and low; 54 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
10-22-2015 5:34:25 PM CST

River Report -- Oct 22 One of the many pleasures of guiding is a chance to revisit clients from far away. Today was my friend Joe B's second and final day to share the boat with me this week, as part of his annual trip to this area from Arkansas. And it was a good outing. We boated 30 smallies and lost about 10 others. A few small fish, but most of them quality-sized bass. A lot of 13 to 17 inchers. And several 18 to 20 inch bass, including a 19 and 20 inch double pictured. Most of the fish, and all of the big ones, on Winco River Darters fished slowly. A few on Husky Jerks and hair jigs. Water just a bit of color and 52-54 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
10-20-2015 4:42:50 PM CST

River Report -- Oct 20 Smallies more active than yesterday's trip. We boated 24 smallies and lost several others. No monsters, but a lot of fish in the 15 to 17 inch range. Winco River Darters, rabbit fur jigs, tubes, Husky Jerk. Water temp 49-51 and slightly stained.

River Guide Jeff
10-19-2015 5:42:09 PM CST

River Report -- Oct 19 A slow day. Apparently the smallmouth didn't care for the 7 degree drop in water temperature to start off the day. We managed about a dozen smallies and one northern. A few good sized smallmouth, including a double with a couple in the 18 inch range. Also lost two big bass. More bass starting to show up in traditional fall spots. A few on Winco River Darters, including the two biggest. Also caught fish on bucktail jigs and Rapala Husky Jerk. Water level up a bit from last trip, some color, and 47-50 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
10-17-2015 4:03:24 PM CST

River Report -- Oct 17 No mistaking that it's fall today. A blustery day that included several hail squalls and lots of strong, north wind. Still, a good day. We boated 22 smallmouth and a northern. Mostly medium-sized bass, but a few in the 17 to 19 inch range. All on Winco River Darters. Water clear, a bit lower than average, and 54 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
10-15-2015 4:41:18 PM CST

River Report -- Oct 15 Not as many bigger bass as yesterday, but a good day all-around. We boated around 35 smallmouth up to 19 inches. All on Winco River Darters. River low, clear and 58 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
10-14-2015 4:56:02 PM CST

River Report -- Oct 14 Back on the river after a couple quick road trips during which I fished the Susquehanna River and Delaware River. Good day today. We boated 29 smallmouth and a pair of 28 inch walleyes. Only a few small bass. Several in the 17 to 20 inch range. Most of the bass, including the 20 incher, on Winco River Darters. Some on X-Raps. Water a bit below average for this time of year, clear, 58 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
10-04-2015 5:48:11 PM CST

River Report -- Oct 4 Today didn't produce big numbers, but it did produce a lot of big smallmouth. We boated 24 and lost a few others. Two 20 inchers, a 19 inch, and a bunch around 17 inches. Very few fish under a foot. A few on Rapala X-Raps, but most on Winco's Solid Body River Darter. Pictured is a nice double we ended the day on a 20 and 17 incher released right after the photo was taken. Water still about a foot above average and slightly stained. 55 to 57 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
10-03-2015 3:00:08 PM CST

River Report -- Oct 3 Slow going during a wet six-hour trip that saw 14 smallmouth boated. A few others lost. Fish ran from 12 to 18 inches. All on Winco River Darters fished very slowly. River up about a foot, with a bit of color.

River Guide Jeff
09-24-2015 11:37:37 PM CST
UPDATE -- Boat maintenance issues have been taken care of thanks to the great folks at Wiegel's Marine. I'm out of town for a short vacation. Back on the river guiding in early October.

River Guide Jeff
09-21-2015 5:39:52 PM CST
Fishing Report -- Sept 21 We had to switch today's trip from the river to Kahle Lake (electric motor only lake) due to my outboard issue. We boated around 20 largemouth and last several others. Most were in the 11 to 14 inch range, though one was 3.5 or 4 pounds. Flukes, X-Raps and Texas rigged plastic worms. Water stained.

Gary   Garyvodzak@verizon.net
09-20-2015 2:23:41 PM CST

Talked to you yesterday on the river we had to resort to helgramites.Got to many small bass on lures.finally caught some in the eighteenth inch range and one big drum about twelve pound.

River Guide Jeff
09-20-2015 1:50:52 PM CST

River Report -- Sept 19 A mechanical issue with my jet outboard shortened our day to a three hour trip. Floating from Emlenton to Foxburg we boated around a dozen smallmouth up to 15 inches. Most of them on X-Raps.

River Guide Jeff
09-17-2015 5:20:14 PM CST

River Report -- Sept 17 A good day on the Allegheny. We boated around 30 smallies and lost many others. A lot of medium-sized bass. No big ones, but a few in the 15 inch range. Winco River Darters, Zoom Flukes and Rapala X-Raps. Water clear, low and 67 to 70 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
09-13-2015 12:58:36 PM CST

River Report -- Sept 13 The drastic weather change didn't affect the river smallies. We boated around 20 during a four-hour half-day morning outing. And lost at least 10 others. Clients experienced two separate doubles. Most of the fish in the 12 to 14 inch range. A half dozen 15 to 17.5 inches. Really on Winco Solild Body River Darters today, in bubblegum. Water just a tad of color from yesterday's all day rain (i.e. not quite as clear as it's been) and 10 degrees cooler (69 degrees from 79 degrees).

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.

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