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River Guide Jeff
07-17-2009 6:00:50 PM CST

River Report -- July 16 Another decent day on the river. Smallie bite following a pattern of the past couple of weeks: Good action early in the morning, then working for them a bit the rest of the day. Ended up with 30 some smallies up to 17 inches, and one walleye. Case Sinkin' Salty Shad, LF Live Magic Shad and Rapala's X-Rap were the hot baits. River conditions good, with a nice flow and a hint of color.

River Guide Jeff
07-11-2009 6:30:40 PM CST

River Report -- July 11 Guide trip shortened by t-storms. The bass weren't as aggressive as I thought they would be, considering the front side of a cold front. But still a decent day, with some really nice summertime fish. Biggest was 19 inches, and a couple 17 inchers. The rest a mix from 14 inches down. Case Sinking Salty Shad and LFT Live Magic Shad accounted for the best fish.

River Guide Jeff
07-10-2009 5:59:40 PM CST

River Report -- July 7 The southern Venango County portion of the river was still off-color from the rains just prior to the July 4 weekend. The level up a bit, but still well within good limits. A fast morning bite preceded a slow but steady bite in the late morning and afternoon. High pressure and blue skies have been slowing the action during the day, a pattern that's affected several trips this year. Numbers down slightly for this trip, but a half-dozen smallies in the 16 to 17.75 inch range, coupled with the balance of the catch, made for a nice "quality over quantity" day.

River Guide Jeff
07-01-2009 8:00:30 PM CST

River Report -- July 1 Nice conditions on the river today. Slight stain to the water; cloudy most of the day. Guests boated about 30 smallies today, and lost about the same amount. Mostly on soft swimbaits (most of the lost fish via short strikes on the soft swimbait); Case Sinking Salty Shad and Case Magic Stiks. Biggest smallie 17 plus inches. Most of the rest in the 11 to 14 inch range. River's finally warmed up into the low 70s.

River Guide Jeff
06-28-2009 11:29:53 AM CST

River Report -- June 27 Allegheny in nice shape, fishing wise, this day. A fairly decent morning bite put about 14 smallies up to 17 inches in the boat. Most on Case Magic Stiks, but some on Lake Fork soft swimbaits and Booyah Single Spin spinnerbaits. Afternoon bite slow. Bass got in a finicky mood, just following and biting short. A couple good fish lost near the boat. Even with the stained water, those cloudless days have been bite-killers in the middle of the day of late.

River Guide Jeff
06-25-2009 2:23:32 PM CST
River Report -- June 24 Rains this past Saturday raised the river during the early part of this week. Level was back down to a nice level, but the water was still heavily stained. Perfect conditions for a spinnerbait bite, so spinnerbaits it was! We boated 15 smallies during a half-day a.m. trip. Very nice size today. A 19 incher, two just shy of 18, plus a couple 16s. And except for a couple dinks, the balance were healthy fighters in the 12 to 14 inch range. Bonus fish was a small muskie abou 26 inches.

River Guide Jeff
06-21-2009 2:10:21 PM CST

River Report -- June 20 Got lucky on the weather Friday and squeezed in a full day trip without any T-storms. A good bite in the morning, then had to work for them in the afternoon when the skies cleared. About 20 smallies and two northerns. Most of the bass on Case Sinking Salty Shad and Lake Fork soft swimbaits. Biggest smallie 18.5 inches. Storms canceled Saturday's trip. Rain brought the river up a bit...should be nice by mid week. Good flow with some color. Water temps should be in the 70s by then, with more bass in current areas.

River Guide Jeff
06-16-2009 7:13:46 PM CST

River Report -- June 15 Bright sunny skies and high pressure followed a fog-filled morning. A good bite occurred in the fog, then slowed a bit as the sun cleared things out. Still, a good day. 30 smallies boated by guests, including a solid 20-incher. Most of the fish on Case Magic Stiks.

River Guide Jeff
06-14-2009 9:29:06 AM CST

Kahle Lake/Allegheny River Report -- Did a split day on the bass opener. Morning on Kahle and afternoon on the river. Kahle largemouths were a little tight lipped, on the clear-out end of a cold front. We boated several largemouth up to 16 inches on sinking worms, soft jerkbaits and soft swimbaits. Kahle's water is extremely clear right now. Lots of weeds. Mostly milfoil/coontail, but some of that slimy grass that's made a appearance the past few years. Last winter's drawdown created a nice inside weedline. The river smallmouth fishing was solid, providing over 20 smallies during the afternoon shift. Biggest brown bass was 17 inches. Mostly on sinking worms. Folks interested in mixing in a largemouth trip with a river trip should contact me regarding the possibilities of setting up a combo outing.

River Guide Jeff
06-12-2009 6:21:22 PM CST

River Report -- June 8-11 Guide trips this week produced 30 to 40 smallies per outing. Mostly 12 to 15 inch males, but a few quality fish up to 18.5 inches. With the warming water the bite should continue to be good. I expect the solid numbers of fish to continue, with more larger (female) smallies in the mix.

River Guide Jeff
05-31-2009 5:59:46 PM CST

River Report -- May 31 We were greeted with a river about 2.5 feet higher than last time, and a dirty one at that. Still, a welcome site after the gin clear conditions this past Monday, and the slow fishing such provided. During today's scouting trip we caught 20-some smallies. The fish were on shallow gravel flats. Most came on spinnerbaits.

River Guide Jeff
05-31-2009 5:48:28 PM CST
River Report -- May 25 Tough outing today. The river has continued to drop and gotten clearer. The bass have vacated the shallow spawning areas. We managed a few fish by drifting Case Magic Stiks in shallow areas with moderate current. The action should pick up after the bass have recuperated from spawning activities. The rain forecast for later this week should help perk things up.

River Guide Jeff
05-24-2009 1:47:52 PM CST

River Report -- May 23 Given the post spawn status of the river smallie population, spend this afternoon scouting some summer locations. Bass moving into some summer spots, including rocky runs in the five to seven foot range. These spots also hold walleyes throughout the fall. This one hit a Case Magic Stik, and measured 24 inches.

River Guide Jeff
05-24-2009 1:43:10 PM CST

River Report -- May 22 Water lower, clearer and warmer that last weekend. Judging from observations in the shallows, looks like the spawn is winding down. A few fish in spawning locations, but others moving into summer locations next to moving water. The bite a little tentative, which is common during the post-spawn period.

River Guide Jeff
05-17-2009 5:03:35 PM CST

River Report -- May 17 Despite post frontal conditions and a nasty north wind, a very productive day. Lots of fish, including two 19-plus inchers. All from shallow water on Case Magic Sticks and Case Sinking Salty Shad.

River Guide Jeff
05-16-2009 6:13:33 PM CST

River Report -- May 16 Great day on the river. Windy, pre-frontal conditions. Smallies eating Magic Stiks. Highlight of the trip was when the guests, a father and son, doubled up on their personal best smallies.

River Guide Jeff
05-14-2009 7:50:24 PM CST

River Report -- May 14 For over 20 years I've had great faith in twister-tail grubs, the Galida's Grubz in particular. Well tonight I had the pleasure of sharing the boat with John Galida. John caught the biggest and the most. Most of the fish on Galida's Grubz in the skipjack pattern. Also some on Case Magic Stiks, Sinking Salty Shad and soft swimbaits. Most of the fish in shallow spawning locations.

River Guide Jeff
05-12-2009 6:45:05 AM CST

River Report May 9-11 Middle Allegheny River smallies are making a movement to the shallows in preparation for this year's spawn. Most of the fish caught during this period have been in the shallows, with Case Magic Sticks and Sinking Salty Shad being the way to catch them. Anyone interested in a trip when the fish are concentrated in shallow, slow-current areas should consider booking a trip during the next couple of weeks.

River Guide Jeff
05-12-2009 6:38:01 AM CST

Lake St. Clair -- May 6 Seems there are a lot of great options these days for big smallies. Michigan's Lake St. Clair is one of them. With all the opportunities in the area for muskies, walleyes and Lake Erie smallies, St. Clair's brown bass get somewhat overlooked. This early May trip with Detroit-area guide Doug Cummings yielded over 20 smallmouth between 2.5 and 5.25 pounds. Doug stays on the smallies, not only in Lake St. Clair, but the St. Clair River and Detroit River, from spring thru fall. He's the man in that area.

River Guide Jeff
05-12-2009 6:27:43 AM CST

May 2-3 -- Buffalo/Niagara Area. If you are looking for a great multi-species trip within a few hours drive of western Pennsylvania, consider the area around Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Exceptional fishing for bubba-sized smallies in eastern Lake Erie, Buffalo harbor, and near-shore areas of Lake Ontario. Lake trout, brown trout and rainbows in the lower Niagara and Lake Ontario. Frank Campbell, guide-wise, is the man that can put you on all of them. He put me on my biggest smallie ever, this seven-and-a-half pounder.

River Guide Jeff
05-12-2009 6:22:03 AM CST
River Report -- mid to late April Guide trips during this period experienced some tough conditions, with rapidly warming water, and very clear water. Intense feeding windows were interspersed between slow periods. Jerkbaits fished over rocky flats tended to be the best pattern going, as fish got active and rose up out of the rocks to smack 3-inch XCalibur twitch baits and Lucky Craft 78 Pointers.

River Guide Jeff
04-19-2009 2:19:24 PM CST

River Report -- April 19 Clear water and sunny skies may have contributed to a slow bite in the am. Things picked up in the afternoon, when some clouds rolled in. Jerkbaits were the best thing going today. Guide clients boated smallies up to 17.5 inches, and lost one at the boat pushing 20 inches. Fish starting to move into shallow water. Prespawn conditions to be here soon.

River Guide Jeff
04-17-2009 2:28:47 PM CST

Lake Arthur -- April 17 My buddy Deron and I fished Arthur this afternoon, landing a couple dozen largemouth. Mostly from shoreline laydowns, but some fish on emerging weedbeds.

River Guide Jeff
04-14-2009 7:28:36 PM CST

River Report -- April 13 Guided the southern Venango County portion of the river today. Not a lot of bites, but some quality smallmouths, including two 18 inchers and a 19 incher. Plus three bonus walleyes c&r, the best being a 25-incher. Water temperatures have settled in the low 40s for the past couple of weeks, keeping the bass near the slower, deeper water. The warm up forecast for later this week should move some fish toward shallow pre-spawn sites. Tubes, weighted Case Magic Stiks, and jerkbaits were the deal today.

River Guide Jeff
04-12-2009 5:43:31 PM CST

Scouting Trip -- April 10 Did a scouting trip on a lightly fished reservoir with my buddy Dave Lehman. We boated a bunch of nice smallies up to 19 inches. All across the state, smallmouth bass provide exceptional sport, often under utilized. These fish hit skirted jigs tipped with soft plastic craws, tubes, and sinking worms like Case Plastic's Magic Stiks.

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