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River Guide Jeff
08-21-2010 5:40:50 PM CST

River Report -- Aug. 21 A productive morning half-day trip. We caught 15 or so smallmouth during a 7 am to 11 am trip. A few dinks, but mostly typical summertime bass in the 12 to 13 inch range. We ended the day with a fat 19 incher. Water still low and clear, with a temperature averaging 80 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
08-16-2010 8:16:31 PM CST

River Report -- August 16 Back on the river today following a week-plus vacation. Good action early and late in the trip, with a lengthy mid-day lull. We ended with 35 to 40 smallies. Most of them taken on X-Raps. River low, quite clear, and 80 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
08-06-2010 3:49:10 PM CST
River Report -- Aug. 6 Today's client is an experienced and accomplished river smallie angler, but one that uses river bait (riffle runners and such) at this time of year. He wanted to learn a little about using my three summer mainstays -- Lake Fork Swimbaits, X-Raps and Sinkin' Salty Shad -- in low, clear conditions. The morning started off quite slow, but things picked late morning. He ended up catching several fish on each of the three top summertime baits.

River Guide Jeff
08-05-2010 7:02:49 PM CST

River Report -- Aug 5 A cloudy/drizzly morning gave way to a sunny afternoon. Decent fishing...we boated around 25 smb up to 17.5 inches. Mostly on Live Magic Shad swimbaits and Rapala X-Raps. A few on popper-style topwaters early. River back down to a normal summer level and fairly clear. 77 degree water temp.

River Guide Jefff
07-31-2010 9:02:38 AM CST

River Report -- July 30 Did a quick evening trip on the Brady-Parker stretch. 13 smallies, most in the 14-17 inch range. All on Lake Fork Tackle swimbaits. Floating weeds present, but not nearly as bad as last week. Water temperature 79 degrees. Water stained -- 1.5 feet of visibility.

River Guide Jeff
07-28-2010 8:50:08 PM CST

Fishing Report -- July 28 Spent a few hours this afternoon on Yellow Creek Lake, a water I extensively fished years ago, but had not visited recently. I was pleased to see the lake's weeds in nice shape, with large stands of milfoil, pondweed and spatterdock. I didn't get a lot of bites but did manage five largemouth bass, including two in the four-pound range. All of the fish came on Texas-rigged worms fished near weedgrowth. The water temperature was a sizzling 83 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
07-23-2010 3:47:26 PM CST

Fishing Report -- July 23 My guests and I fished hard for three-and-half hours but only managed a handful of smallies and one walleye. Lots of floating grass -- the worst I've seen so far this year -- hampered our efforts, along with clearing water that equated into many follows (vs biters). So we picked up and hit Kahle for a bit. We had windy conditions but still picked up around 10 largemouth, the biggest around three pounds. Only one other boat out on Kahle.

River Guide Jeff
07-22-2010 4:46:14 PM CST

River Report -- July 22 Another productive day on the middle Allegheny. My guest and I boated 50 smallmouth bass and one walleye. The biggest smallmouth stretched out to 17 inches. A lot of quality fish in the 14 to 15 inch range (Larry R. displaying a such a brace prior to release). Swimbaits and X-Raps accounted for most of the fish. My guest, who lives in Arizona and fishes a drop shot rig extensively on the clear-water reservoirs of the west, picked up some respectable smallies on a D.S. rig in deeper pools.

River Guide Jeff
07-21-2010 5:08:39 PM CST

River Report -- July 21 The day started off fine with an 18-inch smallmouth hitting the boat within a few minutes. Things slowed for the next two hours with only a couple more bass. By mid morning the bite picked up. We landed around 25 smallmouth and lost about the same amount. A lot of tentative biters. Besides the 18, we had several in the 15 to 16 inch range, and also two walleyes, 18 and 25 inches. Most of the fish on Live Magic Shad swimbaits; a few on X-Raps.

River Guide Jeff
07-19-2010 5:43:48 PM CST

Fishing Update -- July 19 Last week my buddy Dave L. and I fished Conneaut Lake, a trip that produced several largemouth bass along with a couple smallmouth. The top fish was a 19.5 inch smallmouth Dave took on a drop shot rig over a rock-capped hump that tops out in about 13 feet of water. Conneaut's weeds are in excellent shape, and provide the major cover edge for several species, most notably largemouth bass. A couple days later my buddy Andy V. and I hit Keystone in quest of muskies. Andy, being the muskie guru that he is, had all the action. He hooked two muskies, but neither one made it to the net. Both appeared to be small tiger muskies, and were hooked off of the deep side of the weeds. Two days later I returned to Keystone to target bass. Naturally this is the day I had the muskie action. I boated a small tiger that hit a Texas-rigged plastic worm; also had a nice, thick-backed muskie follow a bait to the boat. The bass action was slow. Did manage four largemouth and one smallmouth, all on worms. Returned to the river today for a half-day guide trip. We hooked/boated 20-some smallmouth up to 15 inches during the morning session, mostly on Live Magic Shad swimbaits. River is low and fairly clear, and 81 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
07-13-2010 3:25:21 PM CST

River Report -- July 13 Nice day on the Allegheny. A little steamy in the afternoon, but cloudy all day. River level stable; slight stain with about 1.5 feet of visibility. Water temperature dropped back to 77 degrees, from the mid 80s of a few days ago. Client and I boated/long-distance-released 30 to 35 smallmouth and one walleye. Lost one 20-inch class bass right at the net. Biggest to hit the boat was 18 inches. Really nice average size, with most of them running 13 to 15 inches. Only a few dinks. Lake Fork Tackle swimbaits, X-Raps, and Yum Craw Papi did the damage.

River Guide Jeff
07-11-2010 5:08:09 PM CST

River Report -- July 11 The day started slow but improved as it went on. Clients and I boated around 30 smallmouth. The average size was really nice -- most all in the 13 to 15.5 inch range -- but no big brutes. Live Magic Shad swimbaits, X-Raps and Cotton Cordell Big O crankbaits took today's fish. A fair amount of color to the river thanks to last Friday's rain, but still running low. Water temp 82-83 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
07-10-2010 3:01:01 PM CST

Keystone Lake Report -- Spent three hours on Keystone this afternoon. Picked up a few largemouths on the outside edge of the weeds. The lake is about two feet low. Many of the weedbeds have reached the surface; other patches of weeds are located several feet from the surface. All of today's fish on Texas-rigged Yum plastic worms.

River Guide Jeff
07-10-2010 2:57:34 PM CST
River Report -- July 8 Client and I did a half day trip before the temperature got to "sweltering." Pretty decent action -- we landed/hooked around 30 -- but nothing over 13 to 14 inches. Most of the bass on Rapala X-Raps; a few on Gulp Alive leeches fished on a light drop-shot rig.

River Guide Jeff
07-06-2010 7:00:15 PM CST

River Report -- July 6 Back on the river following a weekend out-of-town trip for the holiday weekend. The hot weather has the water temperature up to 81 degrees. River very low and quite clear. Client and I boated around 30 smallies today. No biggies, but quite a few in the 14 to 15 inch range. Even the little guys fight hard in the warm water. Most of today's fish on X-Raps.

River Guide Jeff
07-01-2010 3:18:26 PM CST

River Report -- July 1 Despite a cold night -- air temp 40 degrees on the drive to the river -- we had a very productive day. Client and I boated 45 smallies up to 18.75 inches, and lost several others near the boat. X-Raps, LFT swimbaits, Case Sinkin' Salty Shad took most of the fish. River temp dropped to 73 degrees, but still low and clear (above the Clarion).

River Guide Jeff
06-28-2010 3:12:54 PM CST

River Report -- June 28 What a difference cloudy weather can make. We boated around 50 smallies today. No giants, but several in the 15 to 16.5 inch range. Most of the fish on Case Sinkin Salty Shad. A few on the Yum Craw Papi. Despite the stormy weather of the past two days the river remains low and quite clear.

River Guide Jeff
06-27-2010 8:02:37 PM CST

River Report -- The day started uncharacteristically slow, but picked up after an hour or so. We boated about 25 smallmouth, including several in the 15 to 17.5 inch range. Some fish on Case Sinkin' Salty Shad; a fair number on a drop-shot rig tipped with a Gulp Alive leech. The river level remains low and clear...77 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
06-22-2010 6:23:40 PM CST

Fishing Report -- June 21 Another Kahle/Allegheny split day guide trip. Kahle was excellent during the morning. Cloudy skies, sporadic light rain and a light breeze helped inspire the lake's largemouths. We'd boated between 40 and 50 by the time we left for the river, with a lot of quality fish in the 15 to 17 inch range. Most of them on t-rigged Case Magic Stiks. The river was good the first hour or so, providing one of the guests with his best ever river smallie (18 inches). Then the skies cleared and things got slow, with a lot of follows. We ended up with around 10 smallmouth during the afternoon session. The river is getting quite low and clear, with a temperature of 76 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
06-18-2010 4:06:23 PM CST

River Report -- June 18 Smallmouth bass are into their summer patterns. My guests boated 40 smallies today, the biggest 17 inches. Also lost three good ones in the 18 to 19 inch range. Nice average size, with very few dinks. Also a bonus 23 inch pike. Productive lures included Zoom's Speedy Craw fished on a Texas rig; Case's Sinkin' Salty Shad and Lake Fork's Live Magic Shad swimmer. Water temp is 74 degrees, with just a touch of color, and is at a typical summertime level. Folks wishing to experience fun summer fishing should consider booking a trip soon.

River Guide Jeff
06-17-2010 5:45:42 PM CST

Fishing Report -- June 16 Another split Kahle/River trip today. Good action on Kahle during the am portion, with a bunch of nice largemouth up to three pounds. During the afternoon we found the smallies in somewhat of a better mood than the last trip. Guests boated about a dozen. Not a high number for the half-day, but most of them were hard fishing fish in the 14 to 16 inch range. Texas-rigged Case Magic Shad on Kahle; Case Sinkin' Salty Shad and Lake Fork swimbaits on the river.

River Guide Jeff
06-09-2010 12:28:09 PM CST

Fishing Report -- June 8 With the Allegheny still the color of mud my buddy Mark T. joined me for an afternoon/evening on Kahle Lake, which he's only fished once before. We caught and released 50 to 60 largemouth bass up to 17 inches. The stringy nuisance weed that's been present in Kahle the past few years is showing up in the upper portion of the lake. Fortunately there are still nice stands of milfoil/coontail weeds in deeper water that are starting to gather up nice bunches of bass. And there are still a lot of fish using the shallow flats.

River Guide Jeff
06-07-2010 5:31:10 PM CST

Fishing Report -- June 5 My guests had made a long trek from the Washington, D.C. area the night before. With a high possibility of showers and t-storms in the forecast, this guide was a bit worried about getting our day in. Weather-wise, we lucked out, hitting an eight hour window that was relatively dry. We spend the first couple of hours on Kahle Lake, enjoying some fast action from the largemouths. When the bite slowed, we switched to the Allegheny. Things were tough, with a fish here and there. We ended the day with around a dozen smallies, the biggest ones in the 15 inch range. Most years river smallies go into a brief funk when the spawn is complete. It'll be a few days before the river is in decent shape, as it rose with the weekend's storms. Hopefully by the time is falls and clears the bass will be in a better mood.

River Guide Jeff
06-02-2010 5:56:39 PM CST

Fishing Report -- June 2 A nice split-day trip today with a couple of great guys who have fished with a few times in the past. We did nicely on Kahle Lake in the morning, boating 25 or so largemouths. The afternoon found us on the river. A bit tougher there, mostly due to an increase in the wind. Still, be boated 15 or so smallies in 3.5 hours, including two in the 17 inch range. River temps are averaging 72 degrees. Kahle was up to 74. Today's fish on Case Sinkin Salty Shad and Magic Sticks, and also Warrior Spears.

River Guide Jeff
05-27-2010 4:58:33 PM CST

River Report -- May 27 Excellent action for the first half of today's full-day guide trip. The action slowed when the sun got high and the heat turned up. Guests boated nearly 40 smallies. Three bronzebacks in the 17 to 18 inch range highlighted the trip. All on Case Magic Sticks and Case Sinkin' Salty Shad. The river is on the fall, and getting quite clear. Water temperature in the 73 degree range. Bass starting to show up in traditional summer spots.

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