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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.

River Guide Jeff
11-15-2014 2:25:53 PM CST

River Report -- Nov 15 Big change in the weather from a few days ago, when it was pushing 70 degrees. The big cool down dropped the water temperature 8 degrees, from 49 to 41. Bass were still farily cooperative, though. My clients boated 15 to 20 smallies during a four-hour morning trip. Also a nice muskie in the low 30 inch range. Everything on Case Plastic tubes and Galida Grubz.

River Guide Jeff
11-11-2014 7:09:53 PM CST

River Report -- Nov 11 A good fall outing today. We fished from late morning until nearly dark, boating around 30 to 35 smallmouth bass and two walleyes. Biggest bass 18.5 inches. Highlight of the trip was a 29 inch walleye. Texas-rigged tubes and hair jigs, both bucktails and rabbit fur jigs. Water temp 48 degrees and slightly stained.

River Guide Jeff
11-08-2014 4:03:20 PM CST

River Report -- Nov 8 Things started off slowly during a half-day trip that ran from mid morning until early afternoon. Water temperature dropped a couple degrees overnight. But the action progressively picked up during the outing. We ended up with around 30 smallies up to 18 inches, and a 28 inch walleye. Some on hair jigs, but most of them on Texas-rigged Case Plastics tubes. Water temperature 47 degrees, great color and flow.

River Guide Jeff
11-07-2014 7:17:10 PM CST

River Report -- Nov 7 Today was a great example of what fall fishing on the Allegheny can be like, in terms of both fish activity and weather. During an eight hour trip that concluded at dark, we had wind, rain, snow, sleet and some sunshine. We also caught at least 65 smallmouth bass, four walleyes and a northern pike. The biggest smallie was 20 inches. Many in the 15 to 19 inch range. Only two or three less than 12 inches. Walleyes 20 to 24 inches. Everything on jigs -- hair jigs and jig-and-plastic worm combo. Water level and color perfect. 49 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
11-05-2014 5:03:42 PM CST

River Report -- A good day on the Allegheny, today. We boated 35 to 40 smallies, 10 walleyes and a northern pike. No giant smallmouth -- the biggest was 17 inches -- but a lot of fish in the 12 to 16 inch range. Eight of the walleyes were legal, topped off with a 26 incher. Hair jigs were the hot bait today, both Jimmy D's Riverbugs and rabbit fur jigs. Also caught fish on tubes, Gailda's Grubz and Rapala Husky Jerks. Water temp 49 degrees, perfect green color, and normal flow for this time of year.

River Guide Jeff
10-23-2014 5:10:30 PM CST

River Report -- Oct 23 Today started off slowly. But things picked up as the day went on. We ended up with 35 smallies boated and several others lost. With cooling water temperatures and more flow, smallmouth bass are moving into their late fall patterns. A few on Winco River Darters today, but most came on jigs -- Galida Grubz and jig-worm. Also a few on Terminator spinnerbait, including the biggest of today, a 19 incher. A lot of mid-sized fish today, from 12 to 14 inches. Several in the 15 to 19 inch class too. River stained and 53 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
10-21-2014 5:13:18 PM CST
River Report -- Oct 21 We did a half-day four-hour morning trip today, during which it rained the whole time. Action was good during the first hour or so of the morning, then slowed down. We boated around 10 smallies, the biggest being a 19 incher. The bass were back on Winco River Darters today. Water temp 54 degrees, rising slowly and taking on more color.

River Guide Jeff
10-20-2014 4:37:07 PM CST

River Report -- October 20 A more challenging day today. River came up some overnight. Lots of floating weeds and leaves, along with plenty of wind. This, combined with rather tight-lipped fish knocked the numbers back. Still, we worked hard, and managed to boat 18 smallies, including a 20, 19 and 18 incher. Also a 30 inch northern and a 23 inch walleye. Caught them on a variety of lures today -- but not a lot on any one particular presentation. Winco's River Darters, hard jerkbaits (Rapala X-Rap and Husky Jerk), Zoom Speed Craw, and Galida Grubz. Water temp 54 degrees and stained.

River Guide Jeff
10-19-2014 5:24:21 PM CST

River Report -- Oct 19 Another splendid fall day on the Allegheny. We boated around 45 smallmouth bass and lost several others. A few small ones, but most of them were medium-sized bass in the 12 to 15 inch range. And several big ones from 16 to 18 inches. All of them on Winco's Solid Body River Darter. Water up a bit, slightly stained, and 56 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
10-11-2014 4:26:00 PM CST

River Report -- Oct 11 Another solid fall outing on the Allegheny. We boated 35 smallies and lost a few more. A 20 incher topped the day, along with three others in the 18 inch range. Also several nice sized, extra-fat smallies in the 14 to 16 inch slot, along with some smaller fish. All on Winco's River Darters. The bubblegum version -- which is slated to be a regular offering in the River Darter series next year -- was particularly productive today. Water 56 degrees and slightly stained.

River Guide Jeff
10-08-2014 4:13:42 PM CST

River Report -- Oct 8 A decent day on the Allegheny, all things considered. The day started off well, with lots of biting smallmouth bass the first two hours. Then things slowed significantly; and our efforts were hampered by strong, gusty winds. We scratched out a few fish during the middle of the outing, and then found a area during the last hour of the day with a bunch of schooling/foraging bass. Clients caught 15 during this period, including three doubles, and ended up with 35 to 40 for the day. A bunch of 14 to 19 inchers. Water temp 57, water stained.

River Guide Jeff
10-06-2014 4:59:11 PM CST

River Report -- Oct 6 Today's half-day AM trip started slow. Perhaps the rapid drop in water tempeature combined with an equally rise/drop in level had them off. Regardless, we still have a good outing, eventually boating around 15 smallmouth bass. About eight of them were quality-sized bass in the 15 to 19 inch range. All on Winco's River Darters. Water temp 56 degrees, slightly stained.

River Guide Jeff
10-01-2014 4:21:02 PM CST

River Report -- Oct 1 A nice day on the river. Not real high numbers -- we boated around 25 fish -- but mostly quality-sized bass. The two biggest were 19 inchers. A bunch in the 14 to 17 inch range. All on Winco's Solid Body River Darter. Most of them on pearl with char. tipped tail; but quite a few, including one of the 19 inchers, on Winco's new bubblegum SBRD w/ char tail. Water temp 65 degrees and clear.

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.

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