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River Guide Jeff
10-09-2011 5:48:50 PM CST

River Report -- Oct. 7 We had to work for fish, but were rewarded with around 20 smallmouth and five walleyes. Five good smallies between 16 and 18.5 inches. X-Raps mostly, but a few on Zoom Speed Craws and Senkos. Water temp 60 degrees. Floating weeds present, but not too much of a problem.

River Guide Jeff
10-05-2011 6:52:07 PM CST
Fishing Update, Oct.5: Trips scheduled for the past weekend were cancelled due to the cold, dismal, windy weather. Today Mark Transue and I fished Pymatuning Lake for smallmouth bass. Thing started off well, taking three fish up to 18 inches from the first spot. The action slowed, and we switched to Conneaut Lake. Slow fishing: we boated a couple largemouth bass and northern. Water temp. 58 on Pymy; 62 on Conneaut.

River Guide Jeff
09-25-2011 4:51:38 PM CST

River Report -- Sept. 25 Another decent day on the river. 20-some smallies, with a half dozen in the 16 to 18 inch range. Two walleyes and one northern. X-Raps mostly. A few on Yum Dingers and Zoom Speed Craws. Water 67 degrees, a bit of color. Quite a few floating weeds.

River Guide Jeff
09-22-2011 10:44:30 AM CST

River Report -- Sept. 21 Back on the river after a period of muddy water and travel. Decent day today. 20 smallies and 2 walleyes. Six smallies between 15 and 18 inches. 18-incher the fattest I've seen from the river in a while. Yum Dingers and X-Raps. Water temp 65 degrees. Fairly clear. Some floating weeds, but not terrible in most areas.

River Guide Jeff
09-11-2011 5:47:59 PM CST

Fishing Report -- Sept 11 Heavy rain in the middle Allegheny River valley on Friday night turned the river to mud in the Emlenton/Parker area. Lots of gobs of floating weeds, too. We moved Sat and Sunday's trips to Kahle Lake. Caught 33 lmb up to 16 inches on Sat (full day) and 20-some up to 20 inches on Sunday(half day, am). Drop-shot rigged Senkos, and Texas-rigged Netbait worms accounted for most of the fish.

River Guide Jeff
09-09-2011 6:38:34 PM CST

Pymatuning Bass -- My buddy Dave Lehman and I fished Pymatuning today, targeting bass. We caught smallies up to 19 inches, and largemouth up to 3.25 pounds. The largemouth came off of shorline wood; the smallies from shallow, gravel flats. Pymatuning supports a fine bass fishery, one that sees little angler attention outside of the spring season.

JCK
09-08-2011 7:16:07 PM CST
Nice photos on this board. Must have some good fishing going on in Western PA.

River Guide Jeff
09-05-2011 2:59:29 PM CST
River Report -- Sept. 2 Things were slow during a half day pm trip this afternoon. Between the clients and I we boated (or lost at the boat) around 10 smallies. Four nice ones in the 16 to 18 inch range. X-Raps and Zoom Speed Craws. Water temp back up near 80. The coming rain and cooler temps should help pick things up.

River Guide Jeff
08-28-2011 6:24:20 PM CST
River Report -- August 28 A father and daughter team joined me this morning for a half-day morning trip. Breezy but fishable conditions. We boated around 14 smallies up to 16 inches. Mostly on X-Raps, two on Zoom Speed Craws. Biggest bass around 16 inches. Water temperature is still in the mid 70s... river low and clear.

River Guide Jeff
08-25-2011 7:11:21 PM CST

River Update -- August 25. Mark Transue and I fished Pool 6 (Kittanning Pool) the last three hours of daylight last night. We boated a couple dozen smallies up to 16 inches. Most of them in the 10-12 range but a few nice ones. XRaps, Senkos and drop shot-rigged mini flukes. Today Dave Lehman and I fished the Parker area. We caught several quality fish up to 18 inches in the am on Zoom Speed Craws and Yum Craw Papi. Then the front blew through, the skies cleared, the fish shut down.

River Guide Jeff
08-20-2011 4:28:29 PM CST

River Report -- August 20 With the river still low and relatively clear we worked for our fish today. All in all, fairly productive day. We boated between 25 and 30 smallies and two walleyes. Biggest bass around 16 inches; walleye -- 19 inches. Caught them on a variety. Some on hard jerkbaits, both X-Raps and Lucky Craft Pointers. Also on texas-rigged Zoom Speed Craws and tubes; crankbaits; forktail dingers; crankbaits and drop-shot rigged flukes. Water temp 75 to 77.

River Guide Jeff
08-16-2011 7:13:29 PM CST

River Report -- August 16 Clients and I boated 35 to 40 smallmouth and lost many others during a full day trip. Also a nice 20-inch walleye. Most of the fish on X-Raps, a few on Zoom Speed Craws. River clearer today; water temp up to 77 by late afternoon.

River Guide Jeff
08-15-2011 1:18:59 PM CST

River Report -- August 15 A fairly productive am half-day trip. We caught 19 smallies. Two nice ones in the 16 inch range. More dinks than yesterday. Most of them on X-Raps. A few on Zoom Speed Craws. Water temp 75 degrees. A bit of color to the water due to recent rain.

River Guide Jeff
08-14-2011 3:28:04 PM CST
River Report -- August 14 With no guide trip slated for today my buddy Dave Lehman and I took advantage of the cloudy/rainy weather for a river trip. Good decision. We boated 42 smallies and lost a few others. Two good ones in the three-plus-pound range. A few other nice ones over 15 inches. Only a handful of dinks. Around 18 on X-Raps. The others on T-rigged Zoom Speed Craws and also Bitsy Jigs dressed with Yum Craw Papi trailers. With the water temps down in the mid 70s, and some rain feeding things, the river should fish pretty well for at least the next week or so.

River Guide Jeff
08-12-2011 3:32:46 PM CST

River Report -- Back on the river today. River still ultra clear, but much cooler than last trip. Water temp 75 in am; 77 when we got off the water mid afternoon. We boated 17 smallies up to 17 inches. Only a few dink-sized smallies. Several quality fish. Also boated two walleyes. One around 18 inches, and the other small. Lost at least 10 fish. The bite is improving. Some significant rain would really help stir things up. All of today's fish on X-Raps.

River Guide Jeff
08-10-2011 8:57:32 PM CST

Keystone Report -- Aug. 10 My buddy Deron Eck and I fished Keystone this afternoon. Bright and sunny conditions. We caught about a dozen bass, mostly largemouths, and a couple smallies. Drop shot rigs, Texas rigged worms, and flutter spoons. Water temp 81 degrees. Lake about five feet below full pool.

River Guide Jeff
08-09-2011 9:02:25 PM CST

Fishing Update -- With the action on the low-and-clear river being challenging, I've spend most of my on-the-water time fishing Kahle and Keystone. Keystone has been tough, but I've taken some nice bass, both largemouth and smallmouth. Kahle put out some quality largemouth, too, during a recent trip made by Deron Eck and me. Interestingly, I've had some good smallmouth fishing on my door step. Pool 6 produced some nice smallies when Mark Transue and I fished together on a drizzly evening. Many of the nearly 30 bass taken that evening fell to Yamamoto Senkos. Mark has a good variety of Senkos, as well as other lures that work well on local waters, at his shop -- Transue's Tackle -- in West Kittanning. The water is cooling off, and we've had a touch of rain. With guide trips coming up later this week I'll soon have updates on that action.

River Guide Jeff
08-02-2011 5:43:32 PM CST
Fishing Report -- Aug. 2 The Allegheny is extremely low, warm and clear. Client and I boated 13 and lost 8 during the morning session. A couple 16 inchers in the mix. All on X-Raps. We decided to give Kahle a try in the afternoon. Boated seven largemouth up to 16 inches, all on Texas-rigged worms. Fishing will likely stay slow until the we get some rain and cooler weather.

River Guide Jeff
07-27-2011 5:40:18 PM CST
River Report -- July 28. Pretty slow day under bright, sunny skies. Fish bit fairly well until the fog burned off, then it was tough. We ended up with 20 smallies up to 18 inches, one 19 inch walleye, and a 30 inch muskie. Everything on X-Raps. River very low, 82 degrees by late afternoon.

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.

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