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river guide jeff   river guide jeff
06-24-2021 1:29:05 PM CST

River Report -- June 24 Yesterday longtime client Larry R (Arizona) and his son Justin joined me for a half day morning trip. The river had turned muddy, but we managed smallies up to 17 inches, mostly on spinnerbaits. (no pics, forgot phone/camera). Today local anglers Roger M and George K joined me for a morning trip. River clarity had improved but it was still a tough bite. We managed several smallies up to 18 inches and a nice 19 inch walleye. Fish came on a variety of lures.

river guide jeff   river guide jeff
06-22-2021 3:56:07 PM CST

River Report -- June 22 Great outing today with regulars Shawn S. and Stacy. Lots of smallmouth bass, topped off with Shawn's 20.25 inch/4.15 pound lunker.

river guide jeff   river guide jeff
06-12-2021 12:37:08 PM CST

River Report -- June 12 First timers Dave H and his sister Karen, up from Butler County, were greeted with a murky river. But they worked hard and put some nice smallmouth bass in the boat.

river guide jeff
06-10-2021 1:05:02 PM CST

River Report -- June 10 Nice multi-species morning on the river with past guests Anthony P and son Enzo.

river guide jeff
06-08-2021 12:25:06 PM CST

Lake Report -- June 8 Great morning Keystone Lake trip with longtime client Matt M. Lots of smallies and largies.

river guide jeff
06-06-2021 2:36:37 PM CST

June 6 Keystone Lake Report -- A nice morning trip with regular guest Patrick B. Lots of quality sized smallmouth and largemouth finding their way to the boat.

river guide jeff
06-02-2021 2:35:53 PM CST

River Report -- June 2 Another great morning/early afternoon trip with longtime guest Chris S. and his son Nick. Lots of smallies up to 17 inches.

river guide jeff
05-26-2021 2:47:59 PM CST

River Report -- May 26 Another good outing on the Allegheny, with clients Mike and Bob. Smallies up to 18 inches. I'm taking a scheduled break from the river for a few days to catch up on other tasks and let the Memorial Day weekend pass. I have openings starting mid June.

river guide jeff
05-25-2021 12:30:03 PM CST

River Report -- May 25 Great morning with longtime guests Russ D and his daughter Jenn. Lots of 14 to 18 inch smallies.

river guide jeff
05-23-2021 3:25:59 PM CST

River Report -- May 23 A much more productive outing this morning with regular Brian M and his brother Tom. Plenty of smallies up to 18 inches to make for a good outing.

river guide jeff
05-21-2021 3:51:58 PM CST

River Update -- May 21 The river has been stingy the last couple of days. We're catching bass, but mostly small ones. Likely a result of the extreme rise in water temperature coupled with a big drop in water temperature and increase in water clarity.

river guide jeff
05-17-2021 12:22:24 PM CST

River Report -- May 17 Regular Don W. and is wife Sally put in a half day morning trip. Smallmouth were a bit fussy, but they managed some nice ones. River is dropping and clearing significantly.

river guide jeff
05-15-2021 2:56:25 PM CST

River Report -- May 15 Another great outing on the middle Allegheny with longtime client Evan and his son-in-law Caleb. A bunch of smallies up to 19 inches, two keeper walleyes, a 26-inch musky and a big drum.

river guide jeff
05-14-2021 2:24:50 PM CST

River Report -- May 14 Great morning/early afternoon trip on the river with regular Brian B and his father Rob. A bunch of tanks making it to the boat. They each caught their personal best smallie today. Heaviest was 19.75 inches/4.5 pounds. Longest was 20 inches/4.15 pounds.

river guide jeff
05-09-2021 5:55:59 AM CST

River Update -- May 9 We've experienced good river smallmouth action for the past six weeks on the Allegheny. Following a period of low/clear water as of this date the river is again running full. Persistent cold weather has kept the water temperatures cool, and smallmouth bass in the prespawn mode. I'm booked up through May but have openings in June.

river guide jeff
11-28-2020 5:19:15 PM CST

Nov 28 River Update -- We're still getting Allegheny River smallmouth, and some nice ones. But with winter weather in the forecast, and a string of days with daytime highs in the 30s, it's likely the bass bite is winding down. As such my focus will soon be on walleyes (and bonus muskies). Four to six hour trips will be the norm, typically running from around noon to evening twilight.

river guide jeff
09-09-2020 5:25:43 PM CST

River Update -- Sept 9 With shorter days in cooling water temperatures the river smallmouth bass bite is turning on. I suspect we have another month or so with smallies in summer-type areas before they transition to fall spots.

river guide jeff
08-27-2020 12:07:14 PM CST

Fishing Update August 27 -- Mid to late summer fishing on the middle Allegheny became tough as high temperatures and low, clear water were the rule. As of late August the bite was picking up dramatically. I ran several guide trips on Keystone Power Dam, ones that resulted in good catches of bass. With fall on the doorstep some of the best bass (and walleye) fishing should be happening on both the Allegheny and Keystone.

river guide jeff   river guide jeff
07-09-2020 4:52:30 PM CST

River Update -- July 9 We enjoyed great fishing for river smallmouth throughout the prespawn and spawning period. Starting around mid June summertime patterns began taking river smallmouth bass. The water has been low and clear, but most trips are producing good numbers of bass along with some good ones.

river guide jeff
05-09-2020 5:33:57 PM CST

River Report -- May 9 Despite having to clear ice from the guides in the morning, and deal with wind and snow showers throughout the day, regulars Shawn and Tom had a great day on pre-spawn smallmouth bass, including a bunch of big ones up to 20 inches.

river guide jeff
05-07-2020 4:20:41 PM CST

River Report -- May 7 Great morning trip with regular John K and his son Nathaniel. The big ones were biting today with a bunch in the three to four pound range. I have Tues and Friday open next week as of now.

river guide jeff
04-27-2020 3:28:20 PM CST
April 27 Today Gov. Wolf announced several activities which will be allowed starting this Friday, guided fishing trips included. As such I will again be taking on clients starting Saturday May 2, the walleye season opener. Understand that the state's life sustaining guidelines will be followed, and that all trips will meet at the launch ramp (no shuttles in my vehicle). I have lots of openings so get in touch to get on the books. Looking forward to see you all again!

river guide jeff   river guid
03-28-2020 5:30:18 PM CST
IMPORTANT NOTICE -- MARCH 28 This evening, via an email from the PFBC, registered guides and charter boat operators were notified of clarification from the Governor's Office that "charter boat and fishing guide operations (whether conducted by boat or on foot) DO NOT meet the definition of a life-sustaining business. Such operations are classified as a recreational industry and continued operation of such businesses is not permitted under the Governor’s Order of March 19, 2020. Operators may be subject to enforcement procedures if found out of compliance with that Order." As such I will be suspending all guide trips until this restriction is lifted. Deposits will be refunded or retained for a future trip, whichever the client prefers. I'll provide updates whenever appropriate. Hoping you all weather this crisis successfully and we will be sharing the water again soon!

river guide jeff
03-26-2020 5:09:32 PM CST

River Update -- March 26 Since walleye season closed in mid March we've been chasing river smallies. And with great success. Today we had a great late morning/early afternoon trip with brothers Rich and Kevin, aka "the Billy Boys." They put a couple dozen big smallies up to 19 inches in the boat, and lost several others. Finesse tubes were the most productive baits. Also some on blade baits, suspending jerkbaits and hair jigs.

river guide jeff
03-13-2020 9:05:05 PM CST

River Report -- March 13 Very challenging conditions today as regular Evan H and his brother Gary joined me for an afternoon/evening trip. Relentless wind made for tough fishing. Only boated one walleye. Also managed a few smallies. I'm done targeting walleyes as the season ends tomorrow at midnight. But with the rapidly warming water temperatures I expect consistent smallmouth bass action to be soon. Expect updates next week as I scout out some early season smallmouth spots.

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