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River Guide Jeff
07-26-2011 5:10:12 PM CST

Fishing Report -- July 25 My client today wanted to gain some confidence in tactics that take bass on Keystone Lake, which can be a tough lake. We had a productive day, boating 22 largemouth and a nice 17 inch smallie. Several largemouth over 15 inches. Texas-rigged worms, wacky worms on drop shot, fluke and X-Raps all took fish.

River Guide Jeff
07-21-2011 5:19:31 PM CST

River Report -- July 20 Escalating water temps, hot air and a scorching sun combined to make today a challenging one. We boated 22 smallies up to 17 inches. Most on an X-Raps, but a few on soft swimbaits (Live Magic Shad and Little Dipper). Water temperature up to 86 degrees by late afternoon. Water clear again.

River Guide Jeff
07-21-2011 5:13:59 PM CST

Fishing Report -- July 19 Did a split day trip on the Allegheny and Kahle. We boated around 20 smallies during the am portion on the river. Biggest was 18 inches, along with a few other good ones in the 15 to 16.5 inch range. All on X-Raps. Water temp 82 degrees. A nice stain to the water due to thunderstorms that moved across the valley the prior day. We put around 14 largemouth bass in the boat during the pm session on Kahle. Two nice ones in the three to four-pound range. The others 12 to 15 inches. All on Texas-rigged Yum Dingers. Water temp 84 degrees with an algae bloom.

River Guide Jeff
07-21-2011 5:05:14 PM CST
River Report -- July 18. Client and I boated around 20 smallies during a short am trip. All on X-Raps. Water temperature 81 degrees and clear.

River Guide Jeff
07-13-2011 6:19:49 PM CST

Fishing Report -- July 13 My buddy Dave L. and I fished Conneaut Lake today. We boated around 25 bass, mostly largemouths. Dave caught two in the three-pound plus range. We also lost two quality (17 to 19 inch) smallmouths next to the boat. A topwater bite early, then drop-shot rigs and jigs. As noted on my last river report, a mechanical problem chased me off the water early. Much thanks goes out to Wiegel Brothers Marine -- Franklin, Pa. -- as well as Evinrude, for getting the problem quickly resolved. Picked the river boat up today...back in service.

River Guide Jeff
07-09-2011 10:07:34 AM CST

River Report -- July 8 Great cloudy/rainy conditions this morning. Unfortunately we only fished for a couple of hours due to a mechanical problem. Client boated over 10 bass during that time, most in the 14 to 16 inch class.

River Guide Jeff
07-06-2011 4:43:13 PM CST

River Report -- July 6 Allegheny River smallmouth bass in a slightly more aggressive mood today. We boated 27 and lost a few. A few in the 16 inch range. X-Raps and Yum Houdini Shad. Water temp 80 degrees, with quite a bit of suspended algae present.

River Guide Jeff
07-05-2011 6:49:08 PM CST

River Report -- July 5 Hot, sunny, cloudless day combined with low, ultra clear water added up to a fairly slow day. Client and I boated 15 smallmouth bass up to 18 inches and one 17 inch walleye. Dozens of follows right to the boat. Rapala X-Raps and Yum Houdini Shad accounted for all the action. Water temp 79 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
07-05-2011 6:45:50 PM CST
Pymatuning Report -- July 2 A revisit to Pymatuning Lake to check out the summer walleye fishing. The action not as fast as a month ago, but not bad. Boated 15 walleyes -- all 14-inch-ish clones. Lost one about 20 inches at the boat. Also caught four big crappies and four nice yellow perch. Hot lure was CC Wally Diver.

River Guide Jeff
06-30-2011 6:51:01 PM CST

River Report -- June 30 Another productive day on the Allegheny. Clients and I boated 46 smallies up to 16.5 inches. Also lost a muskie in the 32 to 34 inch range. All on X-Raps. Water getting quite clear. 73 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
06-28-2011 5:57:11 PM CST

River Report -- June 28 The bass were a little more finicky today, perhaps because of clearer water. We boated 41 smallies, two walleyes. Biggest bass was 19. Also an 18 and 17 incher. Water temperature 72 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
06-27-2011 5:23:04 PM CST

River Report -- June 27 Best day of the season. Two clients and I boated 70 smallies, and lost a few others. Two best were 18 inches. Several other good ones. A few on Case Sinkin' Salty Shad. The rest on Rapala X-Raps. Water temp 70 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
06-26-2011 8:53:59 AM CST

River Report -- June 25 During a morning half-day trip we boated 23 and lost several, including one in the 18-inch class right at the boat We boated a couple 17 inchers, a bunch of 12 to 14 inchers, and a few small guys (photo is of a "double."). Mostly on X-Raps, a few on flukes. A little color to the river and up a foot or so since last trip. Water temperature 72-73 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
06-26-2011 8:48:12 AM CST
Kahle update -- June 20 I did a quick, three-hour afternoon trip to Kahle to see what the largemouths are up to. Boated 15 ... three good ones in the 17 inch range. The rest 12 to 15 inches. Some on the outside edge of the weeds on Texas-rigged worms; a couple on the inside weed edge on flukes and swimbaits; and a few over the tops of the deeper weeds on flukes. Slight algae bloom-tint to the water. Some nuisance grass showing up, but mostly in the shallows. Deeper milfoil/coontail still fairly clean.

River Guide Jeff
06-18-2011 10:32:47 AM CST
River Report -- June 15 Another decent half-day morning trip. Things started off with a bang. In a light rain my client and I boated about 15 during the first drift (during a 45 minute period). Then the skies opened up and it really started to put it down. The bite (and rain) slacked off the rest of the morning, as we boated another 10 or so. The biggest bass was around 17 inches (too rainy for pictures). X-Raps and Case Sinkin' Salty Shad.

River Guide Jeff
06-15-2011 6:30:31 PM CST

River Report -- June 14 A productive half-day am trip. Clients boated nearly 20 smb up to 16.5 inches. Most of them on X-Raps. A couple on Case Sinkin' Salty Shad. Water temp 71 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
06-13-2011 6:47:17 PM CST

River Report -- June 13 Allegheny River fishing continues to improve. I had the pleasure of guiding one of my most loyal clients today, a gentleman I've nicknamed "X-Man" 'cause of his proficiency with a Rapala X-Rap. Today was no exception, as we boated 45 smallies and a walleye on the X-Rap. Water temp 72 degrees, with a moderate north wind.

River Guide Jeff
06-12-2011 2:07:57 PM CST

River Report -- June 12 Things gradually picking up on the Allegheny. My clients boated around 14 smallies (up to 16 inches) and one walleye during a four-hour half-day morning trip. Most of the fish were well off the bank in current. I'd say any attempt by the bass to spawn in the river has come and gone. Rapala X-Rap was the best bait today. River running a normal level and clear; 75 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
06-05-2011 6:50:31 PM CST

Keystone Lake Report -- June 5 With the river smallies still in a finicky mood my clients and I fished Keystone Lake today, in hopes of landing a muskie or two. In the a.m. we targeted laydowns with jerkbaits, a tactic that had taken a couple tiger muskies for me recently. No tigers today, but several nice smallmouth intercepted the Case Plastics Sinkin' Salty Shad. During the second half of the day we trolled large cranbaits for muskies but blanked.

River Guide Jeff
06-05-2011 6:46:07 PM CST

River Report -- June 4 A bit better action today, but not by much. Landed more bass than we lost, an improvement over yesterday. Biggest smallie in the 16 inch range. Also a northern pike and a nice 19-inch walleye. All on LFT swimbaits.

River Guide Jeff
06-05-2011 6:42:39 PM CST
River Report -- June 3 Finally back guiding on the Allegheny. After a period of two-plus weeks of high water (from Kinzua releases) the river dropped to 7 ft @ Parker, which is fishable. The smallmouth bite was very funky. We boated a few bass, and lost six or seven. Biggest around 17 inches. All on LFT Live Magic Shad swimbaits.

River Guide Jeff
06-05-2011 6:39:17 PM CST
Pymatuning Report -- June 2 Clients and I fished the windswept waters of Pymatuning for walleyes. We boated 30 or so walleyes, mostly sub-legal fish in the 14 inch range. A couple of keepers, as well as two nice 12 inch crappies. All taken trolling Wally Divers. Drifters were also catching lots of walleyes.

River Guide Jeff
06-01-2011 4:16:41 PM CST

Kahle Lake Report -- June 1 Another good day on Kahle. Clients boated around 40 largemouth up to 3.5 pounds. We cut the day a little short when the wind picked up significantly on the back side of a minor cold front. River update: Kinzua is nearly back to summer pool. Corps scheduled to reduce the discharge dramatically. Looks like the river will be fishable by Friday, June 3. I have river trips scheduled June 3 thru June 6. Some openings available after that.

River Guide Jeff
05-29-2011 10:40:42 AM CST

Kahle Lake Report -- May 28 My client and I boated 78 largemouth bass up to 2.5 pounds during an full-day trip. Some fish still very shallow, but quite a few holding on both the inside and outside edges of the weedbeds. It appears the largemouth spawn is winding down, though a lot of bluegills are on beds. River Update: The Allegheny is still too high for dependable fishing. Though the rains have lightened up, the Corps of Engineers has been releasing a huge volume of water from Kinzua Dam. At the time of this writing (May 29) Kinzua is about 8 feet above summer pool, but dropping at a rate of about a foot a day. Barring an significant rainfall the river should be in fishing shape within a week or so.

River Guide Jeff
05-22-2011 3:36:34 PM CST

Kahle Lake Report -- May 22 My guests boated 30 or so this morning during a half day trip. Most in the 13 to 14 inch range. A few over 15. The biggest around 3 pounds. Flukes early, then Dingers/Senkos. Most of the fish were up in the shallows right next to shore. Some on beds, but others just in the vicinity. The milfoil/coontail weeds are coming up nicely. They seem to be in three to six/seven feet of water. No signs yet of the slimy nasty weed. Water temp 66 degrees.

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