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river guide jeff
06-30-2017 2:02:21 PM CST

River Update -- Good action last two days on the Allegheny. Getting them on Galada's Grubz, BPS Speed Shad and Terminator spinnerbaits. Water dirty and a bit high.

River Guide Jeff
06-28-2017 4:54:13 PM CST

River Report -- Jun 28 After a relatively slow morning on Kahle Lake (by Kahle's typical standard) we had a very good afternoon on the Allegheny. Still running high and fairly dirty, but we got smallies up to 18 inches on Terminator spinnerbaits, Galida Grubz, and BPS Speed Shad.

River Guide Jeff
06-28-2017 4:51:24 PM CST
Pymatuning Report -- June 26 Finally. Success on Pymatuning walleyes. Southern part of the lake on crankbaits trolled on leadcore line. Got chased off the lake by storms. Trips are available for Pymy 'eyes on days not all already booked for river/lake bass trips.

river guide jeff   r
06-25-2017 9:01:43 PM CST

Fishing Report -- June 25 Afternoon/evening trip on Keystone. Tough conditions with lots of wind, and following up a bass tournament that must of finished at 1 pm. But we put several nice largemouth in the boat, all between 2 and 3.5 pounds.

River Guide Jeff
06-22-2017 3:32:53 PM CST

Fishing Report -- A nice day on Keystone Power Dam with plenty of largemouth and smallmouth bass, including several quality-sized fish. Most of them on Rapala X-Raps. Some on Wacky Worms and Texas-rigged worms. Got stormed off the lake an hour early.

river guide jeff
06-21-2017 6:37:41 PM CST

Fishing Report -- June 21 Another good day on Kahle.

River Guide Jeff
06-19-2017 5:09:13 PM CST

Fishing Update -- Sunday night storms left the Allegheny high and muddy, so off to Kahle Lake we went. Excellent day on largemouths. Hoping the Allegheny will be fishable again by late week.

river guide jeff
06-18-2017 1:47:29 PM CST

River Report -- June 18 A nice morning half-day trip. Good numbers of smallmouth, and greater numbers of mid-sized fish in the 12 to 16 inch range than last few trips. Nearly all on Rapala X-Raps. Water fairly clear, low and warm...80 degrees.

river guide jeff
06-16-2017 3:52:07 PM CST

June 16 -- Mostly smaller male smallies today as we fished the post-spawn period. Biggest bass was around 17 inches, but most were much smaller. Rapala X-Raps took most of them. One of my clients spent part of the day with a fly rod, and managed a nice smallie on a Clouser Minnow. Water a bit off color with yesterday's thunderstorms. Running about average for this time of year. 77 degrees. Better numbers of bigger bass should start showing up as fish move out of this annual funk.

river guide jeff
06-12-2017 1:43:33 PM CST

June 12 Fishing Update: A recent trip on the lower Allegheny for muskies didn't produce any fish, but we did have a follow from a 40 inch-plus musky. Back on the middle Allegheny today, targeting smallies. Spawning activity seems done, with most (maybe all) the adult smallies in the post-spawn period, which can be slow going for quality-size bass. We caught a lot, but most of them small. A 20-inch spawned-out female was the highlight of the trip. Most of the fish on Rapala X-Raps. Water temp mid 70s, average flow, and fairly clear. Smallies should soon be in their summer patterns, which produce some of the highest catch rates of the year.

river guide jeff
06-06-2017 4:31:10 PM CST

Fishing Update -- Spent the last few trips on Keystone Power Dam. Still getting some nice bass in the shallows, but things are slowing down, with fish moving to deeper summer spots. Back on the river today...good trip with smallies in the 16 to 18 inch range.

river guide jeff
06-02-2017 2:06:48 PM CST

River Report -- June 2 Pretty good day considering the Allegheny has experienced a seven foot rise and fall in level during the past several days. Lots of smallies, with most of them between 14 and 20 inches. A bonus 20 inch walleye. Nearly all of today's fish on 3-inch finesse tubes fished on 1/8 ounce jigheads. Water temp 65 degrees, clearing and falling.

river guide jeff
06-02-2017 2:05:45 PM CST

Keystone Lake Report -- While the Allegheny as high and muddy I did a couple scouting trips to Keystone Power Dam. Getting nice largemouth and smallmouth bass, all in the shallows. If you're interested in a Keystone bass outing the next couple of weeks should still find the bass in the shallows, before they begin moving to summer spots along the weedlines.

river guide jeff
05-27-2017 8:46:00 PM CST

River Report -- May 27 A good afternoon/evening half-day outing that include two 20-inch class smallies, another one lost near the boat, a bunch of bass in the 13-16 range, as well as walleye and northern pike. Mostly on River Darters, T-rigged Senkos and finesse jigs. Water temp 64 degrees and up a bit from recent rain.

river guide jeff
05-24-2017 4:05:42 PM CST

May 24 -- Another good day at the office!

river guide jeff
05-23-2017 5:33:02 PM CST

River Report -- May 23 Excellent day on river smallies. Lots of 14 to 18 inchers today on River Darters, Senkos and X-Raps.

River Guide Jeff
05-21-2017 8:40:46 AM CST

May 20 -- Another good middle Allegheny smallmouth outing. Most of the bass on or near spawning areas. Lots of 14 to 18 inch bass and bonus walleyes.

River Guide Jeff
05-21-2017 8:31:21 AM CST

May 16 -- Challenging conditions today as smallies were biting very light. And the wind was blowing very hard. Not the best combination. But we put some nice bass in the boat, including this 19 incher. Had to fish a finesse tube slowly along the bottom near spawning sites to get bit. Water temp up to 64 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
05-15-2017 6:11:09 PM CST

River Report -- May 15 Good day on the river. Lots of smallies up to 18 inches. Several walleyes and a 30 inch musky. Most of the fish on Bomber Suspending Long A jerkbaits. Some on Winco's River Darter. Water temp 56 degrees, dropping, and clearing. Bass on the move back toward the spawning areas.

River Guide Jeff
05-10-2017 8:29:43 AM CST
May 10 -- Fishing Update: Suffering though another period of high, muddy water on the Allegheny. The river is on the fall. River guide trips resume this Friday, May 12. Smallies should still be in the pre-spawn period. A couple openings still available for next week (Monday May 15 and Friday May 19). Pymatuning walleye fishing has been very slow, particularly during the day. My scouting trips have not been productive; no one seems to be catching walleyes with any consistency during the day. If/when this changes -- and hopefully it will if the weather stabilizes -- I'll offer trips to Pymy.

river guide jeff
04-30-2017 4:42:40 PM CST

River Report -- April 30 -- An unusual day guiding for river smallies today. Things started off rockin', with a bunch of bass in the 15 to 19 inch range, including several doubles. Then around 930 am a thick hatch of caddis flies appeared over the water. No evidence of bass taking the bugs off the top, but apparently they where feasting on the emerging pupa subsurface, as things really slowed down after that. Bumped into a friend that fishes the river extensively, and he noted that the caddis have been coming off the past three mornings, and when they do the bass fishing (or catching, at least) is pretty much over for the day. All of our fish today on Winco River Darters and Rapala Husky Jerks. Water a bit high, stained, and 57 degrees.

river guide jeff
04-29-2017 12:17:10 PM CST

Fishing Report -- April 29 A productive 4-hour AM largemouth trip on Kahle. No big ones, but lots and lots of action. A great place (and time of year) to introduce a youngster to largemouth tactics. Water temp 63 degrees and clear. Everything on Winco's Wacky Worms and Winco's River Darter.

r
04-28-2017 4:18:02 PM CST

Since the Allegheny was blown out for several days, my friend Tom F. and I fished the lower end of the Kiski River, a river section I'm considering adding to my guide waters. A productive outing, with several smallmouth, walleyes and this nice white bass. Combined with the results from "scouting" trips last summer, the lower Kiski is showing promise, especially for evening trips for folks coming up from the Pgh area.

River Guide Jeff
04-28-2017 4:13:22 PM CST
Thanks to the Pittsburgh Sportsman's Luncheon Club for inviting me to speak at their meeting this afternoon! A great bunch of guys at their noon-time gathering, hearing me talk about one of my favorite subjects: Allegheny River smallmouth bass and walleye fishing. This group was formed in the 1930s by Johnny Mock, outdoors editor of the Pittsburgh Press. The meeting venue was a gas too...the Harvard-Princeton-Yale Club in downtown Pgh. Thanks again, folks! Now it's time to get back on the water. Several trips lined up in the next couple weeks, but openings still available. And the river is back in good shape...hopefully for a while this time. Prime time for pre-spawn river smallmouth!

river guide jeff
04-22-2017 9:37:04 AM CST

River Report -- April 21 Recent sessions on the middle Allegheny have been good, that is when conditions have been good. Frustratingly, that hasn't been too often. We managed a few nice smallies up to 19.5 inches, and a nice 30-inch pike, while the river rapidly rose and discolored from heavy recent rain. By afternoon the bite was shut down. Looks like it'll be a few days before decent conditions return. Today's fish on tubes, Terminator spinnerbaits and BPS Speed Shad swimbaits.

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