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River Guide Jeff
04-03-2017 5:42:21 AM CST

EARLY SPRING 2017 UPDATE --We're already catching middle Allegheny River smallmouth bass during scouting trips and a couple "early bird" guide trips. Trips launch out of East Brady, Parker/Foxburg and Kennerdell. Ones out of Oil City and President can also be arranged. The schedule opens up the week of April 10, so if you're looking to get in on early spring action, which typically means some big smallies, get in touch. This year I'll also be offering trips on the lower Allegheny River, that is within the navigational pools between East Brady and Sharpsburg. Depending on the time of year, the lower river offers good walleye, smallmouth and musky fishing opportunities. The proximity of this section of the river to the Pittsburgh area makes it ideal for late afternoon/evening trips after work. Outings on the lower Allegheny become available in early May. I'll also be offering walleye trips to Pymatuning this year. Pymatuning 'eyes respond to a variety of drifting, casting and trolling tactics, all of which I am familiar. Guests will learn the tactics appropriate for the conditions of the day, and hopefully have some 'eyes for the ice chest. Kahle Lake and Keystone Lake bass trips will again be part of the program. As many of you have experienced, Kahle holds a high density of largemouth bass, and provides plenty of action in the spring and early summer. Split trips that target both Kahle and the middle Allegheny are popular, and will be on the slate again this year. Keystone Lake is a tougher lake, but holds quality-sized largemouth and smallmouth bass. Late April and May is a good time for a Keystone trip as the fish are shallow. Summer/fall trips focus on cover and structure tactics in deeper areas.

River Guide Jeff
04-02-2017 5:14:12 PM CST

River Report -- March 31 A productive half-day guide trip for smallies. We fished in a light but constant rain the entire trip. But my clients worked hard despite the rain and colder air temps, and boated a nice bunch of smallmouth up to 18 inches. All of them on 2.75 inch finesse tubes. Water temp was 48, with the river on the rise from heavy rainfall overnight. It'll be blown out for awhile...hopefully not too long. I'll be scouting Kahle (for largemouth) and Pymatuning (for walleyes) and will be offering trips there very soon.

River Guide Jeff
03-29-2017 7:20:52 PM CST

River Update -- March 29 The smallmouth bite continues to improve. A good afternoon today. A bunch of smallies up to 20 inches. All but one on suspending jerkbaits. River below average for this time of year, 50 degrees and clear.

River Guide Jeff
03-23-2017 4:16:18 PM CST

River Report -- March 23 FINALLY back on the water after the temporary return of winter-weather. Smallies are starting to turn on. We boated bass up to 18 inches this afternoon on finesse tubes. With the forecast of warm weather in the next few days things could really turn on. If you're looking to jump start the season, this could be a great opportunity for quality-sized smallies.

River Guide Jeff
02-25-2017 2:18:52 PM CST

ALLEGHENY RIVER SEMINAR -- I'll be doing a seminar on Allegheny River fishing for the Worthington Outdoor Expo on Sunday March 5 at 11:00 am. It's in the Worthington Civic Center (the old high school), on Main Street. Worthington is on Route 422 between Kittanning and Butler.

River Guide Jeff
02-24-2017 6:52:56 PM CST

River Report -- February 24 Nice walleyes and smallies during a recon trip today. 'Eyes up to 21 inches; smallies up to 19 inches. Jig-n-minnow, soft swimbaits and hard jerkbaits. Water temp around 43 degrees, river up a bit, but good color.

River Guide Jeff
02-23-2017 5:40:21 PM CST
Update -- Walleye time! Catching lots of walleyes on the lower Allegheny. On the middle Allegheny fewer walleyes, but a much better average size. About three weeks left in the season, and some of the best conditions in years.

River Guide Jeff
02-20-2017 9:36:53 PM CST
Fishing Update -- Feb 20 A good day on Allegheny River walleyes yesterday. And managed a couple lmb on Keystone Lake today. With more warm weather in the forecast it looks like a great chance for river walleyes and smallmouth.

River Guide Jeff
02-12-2017 7:55:48 PM CST

Fishing Update -- After only a few days of good level the Allegheny rose back up from rain. My buddy Dave and I hit a NW PA trout stream and had a good day taking several nice wild trout.

River Guide Jeff
02-07-2017 7:53:59 AM CST

Fishing Report -- Feb 6 A nice day of walleye fishing on the middle Allegheny. We boated a half-dozen walleyes from 17 to 21 inches. Lost and missed a few others. Also a decent northern pike. Water temperature 34-35 degrees and a nice green color. Very little shoreline ice.

River Guide Jeff
01-27-2017 1:30:12 PM CST
Pre-season update -- January 27 I’m looking forward to an exciting 2017 season, the first as a FULL-TIME GUIDE SERVICE. Full-time status will provide some added fishing options and services. This will be the second year we’ll be fishing out of the custom Rockproof River Rocket. I’m extremely pleased with the added safety and comfort the boat provided last season. When summer’s low water arrived, it enabled us to get back in some skinny spots that would not have been an option in prior boats…added fish on many occasions! For the first time in several years there will be a modest rate increase -- $325 for a full day (from $300); and $225 for a half day (from $200). The bump is needed to offset added fuel/oil costs of the larger boat/engine. However, you can beat this increase if you get a trip(s) booked by the end of February. More details below. 2017 guests will also have the use of new St. Croix rods and new Shimano and Pflueger reels, ones loaded with high quality Gamma lines. Last season I ran many productive trips out of Kennerdell, so this will now be a regular put-in for guide trips. Launching out of East Brady, Parker/Foxburg and Kennerdell opens over 50 miles of the middle Allegheny. This provides a lot of options based on time of year and client preference. In addition to the Allegheny, I’ll again be running trips on Kahle Lake (Kahle/Allegheny split trips are popular) and Armstrong County’s Keystone Lake. If Pymatuning Lake’s walleye bite is a good one this year, I’ll also offer outings there. Regularly visit the Keystone Connection website and Facebook page for updates on fishing activity, as additional guide trip options will likely be available as the season unfolds. BOOK EARLY FOR DISCOUNT RATE I’ll honor 2016’s rate schedule for all trips arranged prior to March 1, 2017. No, this doesn’t mean the trip must be taken by March 1, just that it’s on the books. This applies to Gift Certificates too, so if you’re not sure when you’d like to fish, you can beat the rate hike by purchasing a Gift Certificate(s) now, and arrange your trip later. Thanks to everyone that’s fished with me in the past. I’m looking forward to see you again this year!

River Guide Jeff
01-27-2017 10:18:30 AM CST

Winter Update -- Jan. 27 During early winter we scored well on Allegheny River walleyes. January brought some ice, then high water. As of late January it looks like the river will soon be in fishable shape. While the high water has kept us off the river, we've made good use of the flows and mild weather to enjoy some good mid-winter fishing for wild trout.

River Guide Jeff
12-11-2016 6:58:26 PM CST
River Update -- The recent cold snap that's brought cold and snow has dropped the water temperature to the mid-30s. It's a walleye bite now. We've been targeting 'eyes the last two weeks, catching good numbers.

River Guide Jeff
11-28-2016 7:00:21 PM CST

River Report -- Nov 28 Still getting big smallies on the middle Allegheny. A dozen today up to 19 inches. Tubes, hair jigs, soft swimbaits and spinnerbaits. Water temp 41 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
11-26-2016 11:47:34 AM CST
River Report -- We had a nice day-after-Thanksgiving walleye trip on the lower Allegheny, a typical one for that section of river. Good action throughout the day; fast fishing during the evening twilight bite; and a few keepers for folks to take home. We ended up with 30 to 40 walleyes, mostly sub-legal, but three in the 16 to 18 inch range. We also had a nice musky eat a yellow perch that a guest caught on a jig-and-minnow, an exciting event, as it took place near the surface, about 15 feet from the boat. As long as the river doesn't freeze I'll be running four to six-hour trips during the late part of the day, finishing up at dark. If good numbers of biting walleyes, and the chance for some keepers or trophy sized walleyes interest you, get in contact to discuss a trip. Outings can be arranged on a last minute basis, this time of year, perfect when windows of mild weather happen. Also, until the launch ramps freeze or become snow-covered, the middle Allegheny is still an option.

River Guide Jeff
11-22-2016 7:37:54 PM CST

Fishing Update -- The past several trips have produced good numbers of smallies, as well as numerous quality sized walleyes. Most of the fish have come on BPS Speed Shad swimbaits and Jimmy D's Riverbug hair jigs. The recent snap of winter like weather will likely slow down the bass bite. We're catching numbers of walleyes from the lower Allegheny. Starting Thanksgiving weekend I'll be running six-hour river trips aimed at walleyes. Have a great holiday, everyone!

River Guide Jeff
11-05-2016 5:18:03 PM CST

River Report -- Nov 5 River smallies really like hair jigs when the water temperature is 50-55 degrees. Today's trip produced bass up to 18 inches. All on Jimmy D's Riverbugs and rabbit fur jigs. Water up, off-color, 52 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
11-04-2016 4:35:44 PM CST
River Update -- Back on the river following a period of high water. River smallies are now in late fall locations. Caught a bunch in the 15 to 18 inch range, mostly on Jimmy D's Riverbug. River flow up, off-color, and 53 degrees. Floating leaves an issue in some places.

River Guide Jeff
10-26-2016 3:17:40 PM CST

River Update -- October 26 Back on the river today, following a period of high, unfishable water. As I'd hoped, with the increased flow and drop in water temperature Allegheny River smallies were in their late fall locations, i.e. slower, protected areas. We got 'em on tubes, Galida's Grubz, and rabbit hair jigs. All between 14 and 17 inches. Providing winter doesn't make an early appearance, some of the year's best action for big smallies (along with walleyes and the occasional pike and musky) is likely to take place during the coming weeks.

River Guide Jeff
10-16-2016 1:32:43 PM CST

Fishing Update -- Oct 16 River trips last week provided challenging conditions. The river has gotten very low and clear, with plenty of floating weeds in many areas. Throw in a full moon -- when it's likely bass are active at night -- and daytime fishing was, in general, slow. Still, all trips produced some nice smallies. Most of them 15 to 18 inches, and a few good walleyes as well. Water temperature is around 60.

River Guide Jeff
10-11-2016 5:15:35 PM CST

River Update -- As has been the trend of late, the past week's trips yielded more big smallies. Plenty of fish in the 15 to 20-plus-inch range. Water temperatures are dropping -- currently around 60 -- so the bass will soon be moving to the slower, protected water when jigs and slow-moving suspending jerkbaits will be the ticket. For now, they're still in the faster areas, hitting Winco's River Darters and X-Raps. I'd expect the jig bite to be in full swing in two to three weeks.

River Guide Jeff
10-02-2016 9:49:02 AM CST

Fishing Update -- All efforts during the past week on the middle Allegheny. Trips aren't producing great numbers, but a good many quality-sized bass in the mix. This is the time of year when bass start gravitating toward the slower, protected areas they'll use late fall. Early fall trips involve checking lots of areas, as good numbers of bass, especially the active, feeding ones, remain in the summer-like spots close to faster current. Look for updates in the weeks to come on other late fall options, such as Keystone Lake bass and Pymatuning walleyes.

River Guide Jeff
09-26-2016 1:36:49 PM CST

River Report -- Sept 26 Several good ones in the mix today.

River Guide Jeff
09-24-2016 5:16:13 PM CST

Fishing Update -- Sept 24 Last week's trips including outings on both Keystone Lake and the middle Allegheny. Early in the week the Allegheny was running high and dirty from a deluge of rain that hit Venango and Crawford counties last Sunday, filling French Creek and Oil Creek, and ultimately the Allegheny. River trips Wed through Saturday witnessed a gradual fall in flows, as well as clearing. By the end of the week we were catching good numbers of smallies, and some big ones up to 20 inches; a few walleyes as well...hopefully a precursor of the fall season to come.

River Guide Jeff
09-17-2016 4:36:50 PM CST

Fishing Update -- Action on the middle Allegheny remains solid. Lots of little bass, but quite a few good ones up to 19 inches as well. Walleyes showing up in the mix more frequently too. Water temp as of today was 70 degrees. With water temperatures dropping, and the days getting shorter, it's likely river action will be on the upswing.

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