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River Guide Jeff
09-11-2016 7:37:00 PM CST

River Update -- Sept 11 We got a few during a four-hour afternoon trip. Not bad for the backside of a cold front. The coming week should provide good conditions, with cooling water temps along with a slight rise in level from last night's rain.

River Guide Jeff
09-09-2016 5:06:19 PM CST
River Update -- Back on the river, thanks to the speedy service at Weigel/s Marine (Franklin). Good fishing early and late in the day, with a slow mid-day period. No big ones brought to the net, though we did loose four good ones in the 16 to 18 inch range. Nearly all of today's fish on X-Raps. Water temp 80 degrees, slightly colored, with lots of floating/ weeds.

River Guide Jeff
09-05-2016 6:26:04 AM CST
Fishing Update -- River Rocket jet boat up a Weigel's Marine in Franklin for some minor maintenance work on the jet pump. Should be back running river guide trips later this week. We've been targeting Keystone with decent success. Mostly largemouths, but a few nice smallies as well. Keystone is about 9 feet low. Boats can still be launched at ramp at Atwood access. But ramp won't be an option if the lake drops much more. Water temp around 80 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
09-01-2016 9:02:09 PM CST

Fishing update -- Scouting/photo op trip on a lightly fished western PA river. Productive evening, with smallies up to 19 inches, along with a nice walleye. I might be adding this one to the "guide waters" list soon.

River Guide Jeff   jeffmknapp@gmail.com
08-31-2016 4:09:22 PM CST

River Update -- Got some nice ones today. Hitting Winco's River Darters. River fairly low and clear; 78 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
08-26-2016 3:30:12 PM CST

River Update -- August 26 A productive four-hour scouting trip on the Franklin stretch of the river this morning.

River Guide Jeff
08-24-2016 9:06:30 PM CST

River Update -- August 25 Very productive afternoon/evening half-day trip. A bunch of smallies, including several in the 15 to 18 inch range. One nice walleye, and a bonus (small) muskie. Water clear, low and 79 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
08-23-2016 4:51:18 PM CST

River Update -- August 23 Good action early, then slower during the afternoon. Continuing to catch more smallmouth in the 15 to 18 inch range. Most of them on X-Raps today. A few on Winco's River Darters and swimbaits. Water fairly clear, getting low, and 77 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
08-21-2016 5:29:14 PM CST

River Update -- August 21 Another good day "at the office." Smallies up to 18 inches. Water clearing and dropping and 79 degrees. Most of 'em on X-Raps.

River Guide Jeff
08-20-2016 1:09:55 PM CST

River Update -- August 20 Allegheny is back in nice shape following a period of murky water. Staring to see higher numbers of bigger bass as well as the occasional walleye. Still getting them on X-Raps and Winco River Darters. Fall is on the way. Cooling water temperatures make the bigger smallies more catchable. River temp 78 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
08-17-2016 4:22:53 PM CST
River Update -- Aug 17 Trips last weekend were either shortened or postponed due to muddy water and a slew of weeds in the river. The river returned to nice shape mid week, but the strong chance of thunderstorms prevented running any trips. Guide outings resume this weekend, conditions permitting.

River Guide Jeff
08-12-2016 6:41:23 PM CST
River Update -- August 12 Water was low and clear during last couple of trips. We're continuing to put decent numbers of fish in the boat. X-Raps have been the hottest bait, particularly when the fish need teased into biting. Winco River Darters getting fish when they are more aggressive. Also getting a few on Z-Man's ShadZ, fished via Ned Rig methods. Floating weeds starting to become an issue. Water's come up significantly during the past couple of days due to storms.

River Guide Jeff
08-04-2016 4:49:48 PM CST
River Report -- Aug 4 Relatively productive full day on the river. Smallies active during the morning; slowed down late morning and afternoon. Several nice smallies in the 15 to 17 inch range in the mix. One walleye. Most of the fish on X-Raps. Water low, clear and 81 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
08-03-2016 4:23:48 PM CST
River Report -- Aug 3 Smallies not especially active today, but we still managed to have a decent day by targeting high current areas. Bass up to 15 inches, along with a nice 20 inch walleye. Mostly on X-Raps...a few on River Darters. Water temp 80 degrees and clear.

River Guide Jeff
07-31-2016 11:45:19 AM CST
River Report -- July 29 Lots of action during a full day trip out of Kennerdell that included waiting out an AM thunderstorm, though we had a hard time keeping them hooked. Smallies up to 16 inches -- Winco's River Darter and Rapala X-Raps. Water 80 degrees, low, and not quite as clear thanks to recent storm activity.

River Guide Jeff
07-29-2016 6:21:49 PM CST
River Update -- July 29 I've ran several river trips since last report, mostly half-day trips in the pm. Good action, in general, though with the water being low and clear, the bass have been finicky at times. Water temperatures have gotten as high as the mid 80s. Bass action has been better under cloudy skies, and when the wind has roughed up the surface. Winco River Darters, X-Raps, Ned rigs and swimbaits have all accounted for fish.

River Guide Jeff
07-20-2016 4:07:49 PM CST
River Report -- July 20 A solid outing during today's all-day trip. Good action for the first half of the day. Things slowed down late morning...still caught bass, but had to work harder for them. Lots of bigger smallie in the mix today, including several in the 16 to 18 inch range. X-Raps, River Darters, Zoom Flukes. Water temp 76 at 7 am; 81 by mid afternoon. Water clear and low.

River Guide Jeff
07-19-2016 9:24:58 PM CST

River Report -- July 19 A nice half-day evening trip. Plenty of chunky smallies up to 15 inches, and a nice walleye. Ended the trip with a nice double pictured here (fish released after photo). X-Raps, Winco's Solid Body River Darters, Zoom Flukes and BPS Speed Shad. Water clear and very warm (81 degrees).

River Guide Jeff
07-16-2016 3:44:59 PM CST
River Report -- July 16 A good morning bite. Things slowed down by late morning as the heat set in and the river became busy with boaters and other anglers. Everything on River Darters/Super Flukes and X-Raps. Smallies to 17 inches. Also got three walleyes, up to 21 inches.

River Guide Jeff
07-15-2016 4:24:07 PM CST
River Update -- July 15 A pm trip early this week produced a nice bunch of smallies up to 16 inches, despite a smokin' hot afternoon/evening with bright skies. During today's full day trip we had fast action for the first three hours. Then a mid/late morning lull. Things picked up during the afternoon. No big fish, but a lot of hard-fighting smallies in the 12 to 14 inch range. And a nice 22 inch walleye. Effective baits included Winco's River Darter, X-Raps, Super Flukes, Speed Shad swimbaits, and ZMan ShadZ. Water low, clear and very warm -- 81 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
07-11-2016 5:50:46 PM CST
River Report -- July 11 Tougher fishing today. We started the day on Kahle. Picked up about a dozen largemouth in approx 2 hours. Moved to the Allegheny. 15 to 20 hookups. Mostly on the small side, though we did get two 18 inchers and a 16 incher. Most of the fish on X-Raps. Water level down about 6 inches from yesterday, still stained by clearing. 79 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
07-10-2016 4:45:48 PM CST

River Report -- July 10 Excellent day on the river. we boated 43 smallies and lost 15 to 20 others. Lots of quality-sized bass in the mix, fish in the 14 to 16 inch range. X-Raps and Winco River Darters. Water up about a foot and stained. 78 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
07-06-2016 5:37:51 PM CST

River Report -- July 6 Another excellent day on the middle Allegheny. 45 to 50 hookups on smallies plus a 20 inch walleye. Bass up to 19 inches, along with several others in the 15 to 17 inch range. Winco's SB River Darter was the hot bait today, along with quite a few on the XRap. Water low, very clear and very warm.

River Guide Jeff
07-05-2016 4:23:36 PM CST
River Report -- July 5 Back at 'em after the holiday break. Another good day. Numbers down a bit -- we boated around 30 and lost several others -- but average size was up. Biggest was 17 inchers. Lots of 12 to 14 inchers that fight hard in the fast current! Winco's Solid Body River Darters were the most productive bait today, though we got a fair share on XRaps as well. Water low, clear and warm.

River Guide Jeff
07-01-2016 4:38:44 PM CST

River Report -- July 1 Another excellent summer day on the river. 40 to 50 hookups over the course of the day. Lots of smallies -- of all sizes -- up to 19 inches. Two walleyes, the biggest being 22 inches. And a huge freshwater drum that slammed a BPS Speed Shad swimbait. Several bass on the swimbait, but most on X-Raps and Winco River Darters. Water low and clear.

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