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River Guide Jeff
09-25-2014 8:31:13 PM CST

River Report -- September 25 My son Jason joined me for a "witching hour" trip in the East Brady stretch this evening. We caught several bass and one walleye during the one-hour outing, including Jay's 19 incher. All on Winco's River Darter. Water clear and 66 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
09-24-2014 5:03:24 PM CST

River Report -- September 24 A very good day. We boated 50 smallies and lost several others. A dozen or so tiny ones; the balance all nice fish, including eight that went from 15 to 18 inches. With the exception of a couple on X-Raps and Winco tubes, all on Winco Solid Body River Darter. Water fairly clear; 61-63 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
09-21-2014 4:32:38 PM CST

River Report -- September 21 A decent day, considering the wild weather. We boated 25 smallies and lost/missed many others on a weather-shortened day that brought blustery winds and some heavy downpours. All of today's fish on Winco River Darters. Water temperature 65 degrees and fairly clear, though Sunday's rain will likely put some color in the river

River Guide Jeff
09-20-2014 4:57:29 PM CST

River Report -- Sept 20 Not a great day, but a pretty good one. We boated 37 smallies and lost a few others. Some small ones in today's mix but we managed quite a few quality-sized bass up to 19 inches. Most of the bigger fish on Winco's River Darters, though the biggest came on an X-Rap. A few on Winco's tubes as well. Water fairly clear and 65 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
09-17-2014 6:34:36 PM CST

River Report -- Sept 16 My good friend outdoor writer and guide Darl Black (visit "Fishing with Darl Black" on Facebook) joined me for a late afternoon outing and photo shoot. A productive evening. In the 3.5 hours we had to fish we boated a bunch of smallies in the 14 to 16 inch range, and managed a couple real nice photo fish of 19 and 20 inches. Winco River Darters, Flukes and tubes. Water temp down to 66 degrees, a bit higher than average for this time of year, and slightly stained.

River Guide Jeff
09-10-2014 7:00:09 PM CST

River Report -- Sept 10 A productive half day morning trip today. We boated around 20 smallmouth and lost several others, including a couple nice ones. Some small ones in the mix, but several quality bass up to 17 inches. Winco River Darters and X-Raps. Water slightly stained and 72 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
09-08-2014 8:43:38 PM CST

River Report -- September 8 A nice half day afternoon/evening trip. We boated 20 some smallmouth bass. Only a couple small ones. A lot of quality bass in the 14 to 16 inch range, as well as several 17 to 19 inchers. Winco River Darters, X-Raps and Senkos. Water temp 73 degrees; slightly stained.

River Guide Jeff
09-05-2014 7:48:28 AM CST
Update: Boat's fixed and we're ready to hit the water again! Many thanks to Wiegel Brother's Marine in Franklin for quick repairs. Had the new bearing and drive shaft in jet pump installed within hours of receiving it from Outboard Jets in California.

River Guide Jeff
09-05-2014 7:48:28 AM CST
Update: Boat's fixed and we're ready to hit the water again! Many thanks to Wiegel Brother's Marine in Franklin for quick repairs. Had the new bearing and drive shaft in jet pump installed within hours of receiving it from Outboard Jets in California.

River Guide Jeff
08-30-2014 1:17:54 PM CST

River Update -- August 30 The bearing in my outboard's jet pump went bad during a recent trip, leaving me out of commission for a few days while the necessary parts come in from California. During that trip we boated around a dozen smallies, limited to the available water as we drifted back to the ramp for the equivalent of a half day outing. Today one of my regulars asked for a guide trip, using his boat. The action was relatively slow during a half day morning trip. We boated around 15 smallies and one walleye. The water is clear and down to normal summertime flows. Not surprising, the spinnerbaits bite is dead. Winco's River Darter and Rapala X-Raps. More numbers on the X-Rap, but bigger fish on the River Darter. Mostly smaller fish today, but a couple nice ones up to 18 inches. Water temp 73 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
08-20-2014 4:04:55 PM CST
River Report -- Aug 20 We boated/near boated around a dozen smallmouth and one walleye during the three hours we were on the water. Forced off due to heavy rain and a minor mechanical issue. Most of the bass in the 14 to 17 inch range. Terminator spinnerbaits and X-Raps.

River Guide Jeff
08-11-2014 2:33:11 PM CST

River Report -- August 11 A decent day today, though shortened an hour by horizontal sheets of rain. We boated 27 smallmouth and 1 walleye. Lost several bass. More small bass in the mix today. Still, we caught many nice sized bass, including the day's biggest, 19.5 inches. Most of the fish today on Winco's River Darter. Some on Terminator spinnerbaits and XRaps. Water clearer today, though will likely get muddy with rain today, and predicted again tonight and tomorrow. 73 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
08-09-2014 4:41:25 PM CST

River Report -- August 9 Another big fish day on the Allegheny. We boated around 35 smallies, two nice walleyes, and a small northern pike. Also lost several nice bass. A bunch of big smallies in the 17 to 19 inch range. All but one on Terminator spinnerbaits. Water level still up and murky; 72 degrees by late afternoon.

River Guide Jeff
08-08-2014 1:40:12 PM CST

River Report -- A nice four-hour morning half-day trip. We boated 15 smallmouth bass and an 18 inch walleye. A few smaller bass, but most were between 12 and 15 inches. Biggest was just shy of 19 inches. Terminator spinnerbaits. Water flow still up a bit and murky. 72 degrees at noon.

River Guide Jeff
08-07-2014 3:24:58 PM CST

River Report -- August 7 We had to work for bites today, but were rewarded with big fish. Boated around 15 to 20 smallmouth bass and lost a few others. But all were nice fish...nothing under a foot. Most were over 15 inches, including the biggest of the day, which went 20 inches. Terminator spinnerbaits and Winco River Darters. River level 2.5 feet above summer average and stained. 72 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
08-05-2014 1:13:25 PM CST

River Report -- August 5 A productive half-day morning trip today. We boated 15 to 20 smallmouth bass. A few small ones, but most were nice sized, including a half dozen in the 16 to 19 inch range. Terminator spinnerbaits mostly. A few on X-Raps and Winco River Darters. Water 72 degrees, a foot and a half about mid summer average, and cloudy.

River Guide Jeff
08-03-2014 3:31:25 PM CST

River Report -- Aug 2 A little slower day. Numbers down, but we caught several quality fish. About 15 smallmouth bass to 20 inches; and three walleyes, two of which were 20 inches. Terminator spinnerbaits and Rapala X-Raps. Water stained; 71 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
08-01-2014 4:03:13 PM CST

River Report -- Aug 1 We boated around 35 smallies and one walleye today. A lot more small fish in the mix. Still, we managed a few big smallies in the 16 to 18 inch range; and a 22 inch walleye. Just a couple on spinnerbaits. Most on X-Raps and Winco River Darters. Water level is dropping and clearing. Back up to 72 degrees by this afternoon.

River Guide Jeff
07-31-2014 5:10:16 PM CST

River Report -- July 31 Another fine day on the Allegheny. We boated 31 smallmouth bass and lost a few others. Like yesterday, only a handful of small fish. Most in the 13 to 16 inch range. Several over 16, including the fish of the day, a heavy 19 incher that weighed 4 pounds even. Most of the fish on Terminator spinnerbaits. Quite a few on Winco River Darters. A couple on X-Raps, including the 4-pounder. Water still above summertime average flow, stained, and 67 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
07-30-2014 2:59:26 PM CST

River Report -- July 30 A good solid day on the Allegheny. We boated at least 30 smallmouth bass. A couple dinks. Other than that, all quality-sized fish with a bunch of hard-fighters in the 14 to 16 inch range. Three biggest ones were 18 inches. A few on Winco's River Darters and X-Raps, but the majority on Terminator spinnerbaits. Water much cooler thanks to recent cold snap -- 65 degrees at the start of the day. A bit higher than normal for this time of year, and stained.

River Guide Jeff
07-25-2014 7:54:00 AM CST

River Report -- July 24 A nice four-hour evening trip. We boated around 20 smallmouth bass and one nice walleye. Several of the bass were tiny, but we managed at least a half dozen in the 14 to 16 inch range, and a bunch around 12 inches. All on X-Raps. Water about a foot higher than summer average and slightly stained. 74 degrees. Good conditions.

River Guide Jeff
07-18-2014 12:28:29 PM CST

River Report -- July 18 A productive half-day morning trip. We boated at least 20 smallmouth bass. Most of them were between 14 and 16 inches. A couple that were in the 18 inch range. All on Terminator spinnerbaits. Water temp 67 degrees. 2.5 feet above average for this time of year. And quite cloudy.

River Guide Jeff
07-15-2014 5:08:01 PM CST

River Report -- July 15 A decent day today. Numbers down a bit from Saturday's trip. We boated around 30 smallies. Also got one largemouth, one walleye and one big freshwater drum. More smaller bass in the mix, but we still got a bunch in the 15 to 18 inch range. Spinnerbaits, River Darters, X-Raps and soft swimbaits. Water stained and 73 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
07-12-2014 3:14:15 PM CST

River Report -- July 12 Another very productive day on the Allegheny. We boated/near boated around 40 smallies and one walleye. A lot of quality-sized smallmouth over 14 inches, with a couple in the 18 inch range. A few dinks. The rest wer3 12 to 14 inchers. X-Raps and Winco Solid Body River Darters. Walleye was just shy of 20 inches, and hit a Yum Money Minnow swimbait. Water 73 degrees, stained, and about 1.5 feet above typical mid-summer levels.

River Guide Jeff
07-07-2014 3:22:20 PM CST

River Report -- July 7 Another good day on the river. As I suspected, as the water cleared our numbers climbed a bit, but more small to medium-sized fish in the mix. Still, we caught at least a dozen smallmouth over 14 inches, with the largest being a quarter inch shy of 19 inches. Also caught 2 nice walleyes in the 20 to 22 inch range. The big bass and walleyes on Terminator spinnerbaits. Quite a few bass also on X-Raps. Water clearing, slowly falling, and 70 degrees.

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