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River Guide Jeff
04-01-2010 5:56:48 PM CST

River Report -- April 1 A slower bite today. Water is clearing and quickly warming. We managed around 15 smallies up to 18.5 inches, mostly on jigs and hard jerkbaits. Also lost and missed quite a few, and indication of the funky mood of the fish today. Today's client Butch worked hard in this afternoon's unseasonable heat, an effort that paid off in some nice fish.

River Guide Jeff
03-27-2010 6:35:31 PM CST

River Report -- March 27 Did a half-day trip this afternoon after things warmed up a bit. The previous clear night featured a low of 20 degrees. Things warmed up during the afternoon, with a high in the low 50s. Water temperatures took a bit of a dive, down to 43 after being up around 46. We caught 20 smallmouth bass, the biggest being 18 inches, along with a couple 17s. The rest in the 14 to 16 inch range. All on tubes. River's in excellent shape, level and color-wise.

River Guide Jeff
03-25-2010 2:41:59 PM CST

Fishing Report -- March 25 My buddy Dave L. spent the morning with me checking out the smallmouth bass bite on a small NW PA reservoir. Pretty good action: We boated 19 smallies and one walleye on jigs and jerkbaits. Throughout the year I offer trips on select waters during their individual peaks. This particular bite will likely last for about a month or so. Call or email for info on this opportunity (which will be confined to weekdays/full day outings).

River Guide Jeff
03-20-2010 7:10:26 PM CST

River Report -- March 20 Smallmouth bass in a better mood than two days ago. We boated 18 smallies, plus two walleyes. Biggest bass was 18.5 inches. All but two over 15 inches. Tube jigs, Jimmy Ds Riverbug bucktails, and hard jerkbaits. River slowly receding. Water temperature 45 degrees by early evening.

River Guide Jeff
03-18-2010 4:50:40 PM CST

River Report -- March 18 Back on the river for the first time since the high water began to recede. Water level over 4 feet higher than last trip. Slow day. Only two bass caught, though the biggest was 18.5 inches. Water temperature around 41-42 degrees by late afternoon; water color stained. If the river continues to drop and clear the bite should pick up again soon.

03-17-2010 11:48:07 AM CST

Sunny about 58 degrees, water temp around 35-40 degrees. Fishing from the river bank, landed this 41 inch, 18 lb Northern Pike on a plain hook and crawler, using light rod and reel and 4 lb test. Had another one about the same size to the river bank and lost it.

River Report
03-11-2010 7:15:34 PM CST

Fishing Report -- March 11 Over two dozen quality-sized smallmouth bass during today's scouting trip. Several smallies in the 18 to 19.75 inch range. Tubes, skirted jigs, hair jigs (Jimmy D's Riverbugs), Galida's Grubz and suspending jerkbaits all took multiple fish.

River Guide Jeff
03-09-2010 7:46:00 PM CST

River Report -- My buddy Art joined me for an early evening trip on the lower portion of the Allegheny. He topped the trip with a nice 20 inch walleye. Water temp: 40 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
03-07-2010 7:03:56 PM CST

River Report -- March 7 A better walleye bite today. Boated five nice walleyes up to 20 inches, as well as this 25 inch northern. Folks looking for a walleye trip during the last week of the season prior to the mid-March closing should call to set up a trip.

River Guide Jeff
03-06-2010 7:58:06 PM CST

River Report -- March 6 Following a night time low of 12 degrees, we were greeted with high pressure, clouldless skies and low, clear water. Not many bites but we managed to put the first couple smallmouth bass of the year in the boat, along with walleye and pike. Everything taken on bucktail jigs tipped with fathead minnows. Water temperature 35 at the start of the day and up to 39 by early evening.

River Guide Jeff
03-05-2010 7:17:13 PM CST

River Report -- March 2 FINALLY back on the river. Enough ice/snow melt to allow launching a boat (and getting in back out!). We boated a few decent northerns, and an 'eye. All on Jimmy D's Riverbugs.

River Guide Jeff
01-23-2010 7:44:15 PM CST

River Report -- Jan. 23 Back on the river the past week following a period of cold weather and lots of ice. Fished Pool 6 a couple times with no success, though the bite had been good there prior to Christmas. Back up on the middle Allegheny today. One nice muskie, couple good walleyes and a nice pike.

River Guide Jeff
12-23-2009 8:53:21 PM CST

River Report -- Dec 23 Spent three cold, late-afternoon hours on the river today. We boated 8 walleyes and a sauger. Not much ice today, but with another frigid night on the way, there will be some significant ice tomorrow. Shouldn't last long, though, with 40-some degree temps and rain forecast for Christmas day.

River Guide Jeff
12-13-2009 6:39:08 PM CST

River Report -- Dec. 13 Water temperature down to 34 degrees following a string of sub-freezing days and frigid nights. A couple hardcore guests toughed it out today in an all-day 30-some degree rain. Boated about a dozen walleyes.

River Guide Jeff
12-08-2009 6:34:44 PM CST

River Report -- Dec. 8 Today's catch included the Allegheny River grand slam: walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass and muskie. Today's muskie went 41 inches. Water temperature: 39-40 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
12-03-2009 8:21:39 PM CST

River Report -- Dec 3 Another good walleye day on the Forest County portion of the river. Five 'eyes in the 19 to 24 inch range, plus two muskies (in the 30-inch range). Jig-n-minnow today. River temp 42 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
11-29-2009 4:15:55 PM CST

River Report -- Nov. 27 Today Dave L. and I fished the Allegheny in Forest County, about a half hour from my Clarion County camp. In four hours we caught eight legal walleyes (and two under-sized) including Dave's 31 inch, 11.25 pound trophy, which he released. Fish caught on Jimmy D's Riverbugs, Galidas Grubz and suspending jerkbaits. Water temperature was 44 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
11-29-2009 4:10:31 PM CST

Fishing Report -- Nov. 26 My buddy Dave L. and I spent the morning on a scouting trip on an Allegheny River tributary. Caught a few nice walleyes and one fat smallie...nice way to start off the Thanksgiving weekend.

River Guide Jeff
11-22-2009 7:43:47 PM CST

River Report -- Nov 22 Caught about 30 smallies during a four-hour afternoon scouting trip. Nice average size; a few in the 18 to 19 inch range. Jimmy D's Riverbugs and Galida's Grubz caught most of the bass.

River Guide Jeff
11-22-2009 7:39:44 PM CST

River Report -- Nov 21 Good numbers of smallmouth and a couple walleyes during a scouting trip on the river. Water level slowly rising...temp around 47 degees. Most of the bass on Jimmy D's Riverbugs; walleyes on jig n minnow.

River Guide Jeff
11-13-2009 7:23:05 PM CST

River Report -- Nov. 13 The bite a little finicky under the bright skies in the southern Venango County section of the river. Client and I caught and released 22 smb and one northern. Mostly on tubes and bucktail jigs tipped with Gulp Alive 3-inch minnows. A few on hard jerkbaits. Water temp 47 degrees.

Butch L.
11-10-2009 2:57:22 PM CST

Nov. 9. Fishing up river in Warren Pa. the Oil Refinery area. Water temp 52 degrees. Josh and I caught and released roughly 15-20 fish. Nothing huge. Josh had the biggest fish of the day as seen in the picture. All fish caught on Strike King tubes or Strike King Shimmy Sticks rigged " Shakey Style " on a round ball jig head.

River Guide Jeff
11-09-2009 7:54:29 PM CST

River Report -- Nov. 9 What a difference a day, and a overcast skies, can make. We boated about 40 smallies today, along with three walleyes and a northern pike. The bonus fish of the day was a 19-inch sauger. Though common in the lower Allegheny, sauger are rarely found in the much clearer water of the middle Allegheny. The top presentation today was a hair jig tipped with a Gulp Alive minnow.

River Guide Jeff
11-08-2009 6:20:27 PM CST

River Update -- Nov. 8 Catching up on things following a hectic past two weeks. Conditions on the Allegheny have been on a yo-yo. River levels have been up and down, as have water temperatures. Walleye trips during the past couple of weeks have met with marginal success. In general, the water is still not cold enough to have the fish concentrated in wintering holes. Today's bass trip started off fast, but slowed as soon as the sun came up. High pressure and blue skies likely helped retard the bite. We boated a dozen or so smallies, most of which were over 15 inches. A lot of missed/lost fish. Most of the bass taken on tubes. On the plus side, most of the leaves and dead grass has flushed from the river.

River Guide Jeff
10-21-2009 6:48:32 PM CST

River Report -- Oct. 21 Things started off with a bang, but slowed a bit once the sun got high. Clients and I boated about 30 smallmouth and one small muskie. Biggest smallmouth 3 pounds, 15 ounces. All the bass on Case Sinkin' Salty Shad fished extremely slow. The fish became tentative after the morning flurry. A lot of missed hits and lost fish.

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