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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.

River Guide Jeff
05-24-2015 4:27:14 PM CST

River Report -- May 24 A slow morning gave way to decent action during the second half of a full day trip on the Allegheny. We boated around 20 smallies and lost several others. Most of the bass quality-sized ones in the 15 to 19.5 inch range. All of the fish on Winco River Darters. Water temp 59 to 63 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
05-24-2015 4:17:40 PM CST
Kahle Report -- May 23 A slower morning on Kahle, likely due to the drop in water temperature brought on by two cold nights. We boated around 20 largemouth during the four-hour outing. Winco River Darters.

River Guide Jeff
05-19-2015 6:59:43 PM CST

Fishing Report -- May 19 Another productive split trip. This afternoon we boated 21 smallies and lost a few others. A few smaller bass, but most were quality-sized smallmouth, including two 19 inchers. All on Winco's River Darter and Winco's Wacky Worm. During the morning session we boated between 40 and 50 largemouth bass on Kahle Lake. River Darters, Wacky Worms and Rapala X-Raps.

River Guide Jeff
05-17-2015 8:16:49 AM CST

Fishing Report -- May 16 We did a split trip today fishing Kahle in the morning and the Allegheny during the afternoon. At least 40 largemouth bass on Kahle. The river produced around 15 smallies. Winco Wacky Worms on Kahle; Winco River Darters on the Allegheny.

River Guide Jeff
05-08-2015 7:00:18 AM CST

River Report -- May 7 Numbers starting to come up. We boated around 15 smallmouth during a four-hour half-day evening trip. A couple in the foot-long range. All others 14 to 18.5 inches. Winco River Darters and Winco Wacky Worms. Water temp up to 64 degrees thanks to the spell of 80 degree weather; and clear. All of the bass near on on spawning flats.

River Guide Jeff
05-08-2015 6:51:51 AM CST

River Report -- May 1 Another day where the story was quality but relatively low numbers. We boated/near-boated 10 nice smallmouth bass and two walleyes. The bass were in the 14 to 19 inch range. All were near spawning flats. Water temp 54 degrees and slightly stained. Winco River Darters and Rapala Husky Jerks.

River Guide Jeff
04-30-2015 5:41:25 PM CST

River Report -- April 30 We boated a half-dozen smallmouth bass and one small northern pike during a half-day four-hour morning trip. All of the bass were quality-sized bass in the 14 to 19 inch range. Case tubes and Winco River Darters. Water temp 51 degrees and slightly stained.

River Guide Jeff
04-26-2015 6:05:10 PM CST
River Update -- late April After another long winter we're finally back on the water. The bass fishing has been slow. Some nice fish during my first two "scouting" trips but low numbers. Water -- as of this report -- is still cold (48). Things should pick up soon with warmer weather and stable river conditions in the forecast. I'd expect smallies to be in pre-spawn patterns soon.

River Guide Jeff
01-24-2015 6:33:11 AM CST

River Report -- Jan 24 Back on the Allegheny for the first time since the big freeze that locked up much of the river in ice. A slow day, perhaps included by the clear water what was 31 to 32 degrees was well as the sunny skies. But we did get one nice 23 inch walleye, was well as a couple nice yellow perch.

River Guide Jeff
01-06-2015 11:28:11 AM CST

Lower Allegheny River -- I was able to get out on the lower Allegheny a couple times during mild weather over the holidays. Managed quite a few walleyes, including a couple fish in the 27 and 28 inch range, egg-laden females that were returned to the water after a quick photo. Water temp 33 degrees. Jig-n-minnow, jigging spoon and blade bait.

River Guide Jeff
12-14-2014 8:15:28 PM CST

River Report -- Dec 14 A buddy and I fished the East Brady -- Parker stretch this afternoon. We boated a half-dozen walleyes. All but one (which was sublegal) in the 18 to 23 inch range. Jig-worm, jig--minnow and tubes. Water temp 37 degrees, perfect color and flow.

River Guide Jeff
12-09-2014 4:44:08 PM CST

River Report -- Back on the river today following a period that included several aborted trips due to ice in river and also high water. With the water temperature in the 36 to 37 degree range I figured the bass bite is likely over, unless we get a period that includes multiple days of unseasonably warm weather. We did manage to get on smallie in the 18 inch range, as well as five walleyes. All the walleyes were in the 14 to 16 inch range. Also one small northern pike. Case Plastic tubes mostly, with a couple on the hair jig and Galada's Grubz. Water slightly high and off-color.

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