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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.

river guide jeff
04-05-2009 8:53:43 PM CST

River Report -- April 5 River up about 2 feet from April 2 trip. Dirty water killed the jerkbait bite. But we picked a few up on tubes.

river guide jeff
04-02-2009 8:27:54 PM CST

River Report -- April 2 Nice warm, sunny weather, but REALLY windy on the river this afternoon. Tough to detect bites on jigs. But we picked up some really nice smallies on jerkbaits. My buddy Tom smoked 'em on a LC Pointer, including a 21 incher. And a nice pike.

river guide jeff
03-29-2009 5:07:47 PM CST
River Report -- March 29 The maiden voyage on the Keystone Connection's new 18-foot river boat was christened with an 18-inch smallmouth on the first cast of the day. Not a fast day, but one that produced 14 smallmouth and 3 northerns. Most of the bass on jigs -- tubes, grubs and skirted jigs. A couple on swimbaits and jerkbaits. The action should steadily increase over the next week or two as water temperatures increase and the bass get more active.

river guide jeff
03-22-2009 6:40:56 PM CST

River report -- March 22 Back on the river following another lengthy layoff caused by high water. Did sneak in a quick afternoon trip on Pool 6 last Wednesday, which resulted in one small muskie. But back up in the free-flowing river today, on a scouting trip for smallies, with the hope of a muskie or two as well. Water temperature was 40 to 42. The smallies woke up over the course of the day. Ended up getting 10, including three in the 18 to 19 inch range. The rest were in the 15 to 16 inch range. Also got a muskie in the low 30 inch range. The smallie fishing should only get better, providing the river stays in decent shape, and continues to gradually warm.

river guide jeff
02-26-2009 8:23:32 PM CST

River Report -- Feb. 26 Really nice to FINALLY get back on the river following tough winter weather, an ice covered river, and sports show obligations. My buddy Andy and I fished Pool 6 on a scouting trip. We boated about a half-dozen walleyes up to 22 inches, though most were around 15 inches. The walleyes were really lethargic, and hit bucktail jigs-n-minnows. Just drag them on the bottom, with little to no added action. The river is in nice shape, but access will be tough for a while. When the river receded following higher water, significant amounts of ice chunks were deposited on the bank, in many cases blocking launch ramps.

river guide jeff
01-10-2009 10:35:07 AM CST

River Report -- January 6 Brought in the new year with a quick trip prior to the next snow storm. Cold air temps and sleet in the air didn't keep us from boating a couple nice 'eyes up to 19 inches. Jig n fathead minnows have been productive, along with jigging spoons tipped with a small fathead minnow.

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