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River Guide Jeff
06-08-2012 4:30:12 PM CST

River Report -- June 8 Today's clients wanted to try for some walleyes. We got five (one lost a boatside) between 17 and 22 inches. Also got about 30 smallmouth. Mostly small ones today, but a few nice ones, including a 19.5 incher. Bonus fish: a freshwater drum that had to weigh in excess of 12 pounds; and a nice, thick, 36 inch muskie. X-Raps and Storm Wild-eye Shad.

River Guide Jeff
06-05-2012 5:47:04 PM CST

River/Kahle Report, June 5 -- Aftermath of cold front must have given Kahle's lmb lockjaw. We worked hard to boat 15 during the am session. Nothing over two pounds. Happily the river smallies liked the cooler water. During the pm session we boated 58 in four hours, a lost a few. All sizes from little guys up to 17 inches. X-Raps and Winco's River Darter.

River Guide Jeff
06-05-2012 5:18:54 PM CST
June 3 -- Pymatuning Report Walleye bite starting to slow. We worked hard to put a handful of legals and sublegals in the boat. Bigger walleyes on jig-n-crawlers. Also caught several big crappies on trolled crankbaits.

River Guide Jeff
06-02-2012 5:34:14 PM CST

Kahle Report -- June 2 My good friend and bass fishing expert Deron Eck joined me today to get pictures for an upcoming article. We boated 30 bass, with several quality fish in the three pound range. Blustery, post-cold front day.

River Guide Jeff
06-02-2012 5:31:41 PM CST
May 31 Pymatuning Report -- Fishing tougher on Pymy today. We boated five walleyes, but all just under the legal size. Got 'em in three feet of water in the weeds, in the mid-depth range, as well as out in 15 to 20 feet. Couldn't put anything consistent together. Cordell Grappler Shad was the best trolled bait for walleyes. We also caught several nice crappies and yellow perch. Water temp in the mid to upper 70s.

River Guide Jeff
05-29-2012 12:22:30 PM CST

May 27 -- Kahle Report -- We boated around 40 lmb up to 2.5 pounds during a half-day am session. Wacky Worms, Predator Craws, X-Raps.

River Guide Jeff
05-29-2012 12:19:36 PM CST

Kahle/River Report -- Another outstanding morning on Kahle. Client and I boated 50 lmb up to 3.5 pounds. Winco Wacky Worms, Predator Craw, and X-Raps. 13 smb up to 17 inches in the afternoon, all on X-Raps.

River Guide Jeff
05-23-2012 6:08:31 PM CST

River/Kahle Report -- May 23 Split trip today. Kahle was excellent during the morning shift. Clients boated a minimum of 60 lmb up to 3.5 pounds. Most of the fish in quality sized bass in the 14 to 16 inch size. Winco's Wacky Worms fished along the deep weed edge. Smallmouth fishing in the afternoon was okay, indicating bass are coming out of the post-spawn blues. We boated 10 smb, all but three quality fish in the 15 to 17 inch range. Also caught two nice northern pike, and one walleye. Everything on X-Raps.

River Guide Jeff
05-20-2012 6:04:43 PM CST

River/Kahle report -- May 20 A very productive morning on Kahle. We boated 55 largemouth up to 2.5 pounds. Winco's Wacky Worm fished along outside weed edges. Bite was tougher on the river during the pm session. Caught a dozen smallies, mostly smaller males. Four nice ones. Also two 19 inch walleyes. Everything on hard jerkbaits.

River Guide Jeff
05-19-2012 5:32:08 PM CST

River Report -- May 19 Back on the river after a period of high/dirty water. We boated 22 smb up to 18 inches, and lost a few others. Based on the areas where we caught fish -- summertime areas -- I'd say this spring's spawn is wrapping up. Water temperature is in the mid 60s. Water level normal, and fairly clear. X-Raps and Winco's River Darter. Fish weren't interested in jigs or senko-style baits.

River Guide Jeff
05-18-2012 6:54:34 PM CST

Shenango Crappies -- May 16 While Pymatuning Lake has deservedly received a lot of praise the past couple of years for its phenomenal crappie production, it's not the only place to go this spring for awesome action on slabs. I spent a productive morning on Shenango today, catching good numbers of nice-sized black crappies on 1/8-ounce Blakemore Road Runners dressed with 1.5 inch Crappie Grubs. This combination was ideal for scouring the shallow water zones where the crappies were holding.

River Guide Jeff
05-18-2012 6:39:05 PM CST
Pymatuning Report -- May 13 Partner and I limited out on walleyes. Also caught 20 sublegal walleyes, and numerous crappies and yellow perch. Took everything trolling seven to nine foot depths on Shad Raps.

River Guide Jeff
05-07-2012 7:31:45 PM CST

Pymatuning Lake Report -- May 7 Guest and I boated double limits of walleyes, plus a bunch of yellow perch, smallmouth bass and crappie. Water temperature in the mid 60s. Fish in the shallows.

River Guide Jeff
05-05-2012 5:38:08 PM CST

Fishing Report -- May 5 Overnight rain in Venengo County had the river running dirty and a bit higher this morning. River smallmouth action was slow. We boated a half-dozen smallies and a big freshwater drum during the first four hours, then decided to switch to Kahle Lake. The largemouths were more kind. Clients boated at least 30 bass. Most of them on the small side, but we did get a few quality-sized fish, including one in the four pound range. Winco Wacky Worms and Winco Predator Craws.

River Guide Jeff
05-03-2012 7:45:30 PM CST

River Report -- May 3 Back on the river. Client and I boated 19 smallies, all but two in the 15 to 18.5 inch range. Senkos and Winco Predator Craw. Water temp 58-60 degrees. Also lost/missed several others. Fish staging near spawning sites. Will likely be on beds soon.

River Guide Jeff
05-03-2012 7:41:21 PM CST
Kahle Lake Report -- Did a half-day pm trip to Kahle. We boated 32 largemouth up to 17 inches. Nice weedgrowth present. Lake down 6 feet, with clear water. Some fish on Senkos, others on Winco's Custom Lures Predator Craw.

River Guide Jeff
04-22-2012 5:11:54 PM CST

River Report -- April 22 Despite fishing during the remnants of a cold front that dropped the air temperature 35 degrees, my clients boated 28 smallmouth bass and lost another half dozen. The hot bait was a Wacky Worm from Winco Custom Lures. These baits come with the o-ring already installed, a feature that saves a lot of baits. Winco makes a full line of baits that excel in river smallmouth situations. Water temperature 58. Water still clear and low.

River Guide Jeff
04-21-2012 7:03:29 PM CST

Fishing Report -- April 21 Spent five rainy/cool hours on a northwest PA lake fishing for smallmouth bass. My partner and I boated eight quality smallmouths up to five pounds. Guide trip-wise waters like this fall into the "select waters" category, and make good destinations for folks looking for added fishing opportunities.

River Guide Jeff
04-21-2012 6:57:08 PM CST
Keystone Lake -- April 20 Spent three hours this afternoon on Keystone Lake. Caught several 12 to 15 inch largemouth bass, along with a 16 inch smallmouth. All the fish were in protected areas -- bays and coves -- and were taken on Winco Custom Lures River Darters. Water temperature 60 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
04-17-2012 9:04:56 PM CST

River Report -- April 17 River smallmouth bass fishing is starting to improve. During a half-day pm trip we boated 10 smallmouths, and lost/missed several others. Only one small fish. The others 15 to 17 inches and very fat. Fish are starting show up in and around spawning areas. Most of the fish came on Dingers and Senkos. Water temp 58-60 degrees. Low and clear.

River Guide Jeff
04-14-2012 3:20:06 PM CST

April 13 Pymatuning Report -- I headed north today to fish Presque Isle Bay for smallmouth bass. Though the day was beautiful, I had little success locating smallmouth bass. Three plus hours of fishing produced three fish hooked and lost. My partner and I decided to drop down to Pymatuning for the balance of the day. We boated several walleyes, along with a bunch of yellow perch and crappies, including some really nice ones up to 14 inches. Water temperature was 53 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
04-08-2012 8:05:27 AM CST

River Report -- April 7 Smallmouth bass action on the Allegheny is still fairly slow. During a guide trip we boated a dozen smallmouth bass up to 17 inches, and lost a couple others. The river is very clear and low, particularly for this time of year. Water temperatures 51 to 53 degrees. Most of the fish coaxed up with XCalibur jerkbaits from slower, rocky runs three to six feet deep; a couple on Galida Grubz and Zoom Speed Craws. A few fish starting to show up around spawning habitat.

River Guide Jeff
04-08-2012 8:01:35 AM CST

Pymatuning Update -- April 6 -- We found walleyes in 16 to 19 feet of water in basins south of the causeway. Caught a half dozen trolling Shad Raps on leadcore line. Also picked up several crappie and yellow perch at that depth.

River Guide Jeff
04-04-2012 5:48:57 PM CST

River Report -- April 3 Another slow day on the Allegheny. We boated three smb, and two walleyes (one, a nice 24 incher). Seems the fish are still in a funk from the dramatic fall in water temperature (after the unseasonably hot weather in mid-to-late March). I'd expect things to return to a more normal pre-spawn bite soon. Water temps 48-50 degrees; water level normal and clear. Zoom Speed Craws and XCalbur 3-inch jerkbaits.

River Guide Jeff
04-01-2012 6:41:17 PM CST

Pymatuning Lake Walleye Report -- April 1 The return to more typical early spring weather dropped water temperatures 12 degrees (48 today) from last Sunday. We trolled the five to six foot range that was so productive a week ago with no action; then moved out to 10 to 14 with the same results. Finally trolled some deeper basins and stump flats. Managed a short walleye, and marked a bunch of fish on the stump flats. We switched over to Northland Fireball jigs and Gulp Alive minnows, thinking perhaps the fish might respond to a slower presentation. That was the answer. We boated eight more walleyes, including five keepers in the 16 to 18 inch range. Bumped into a Fish Commission Conservation Officer as I was getting off the water. He reported that the walleye spawn was complete for the spring.

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