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river guide jeff
11-14-2008 6:25:34 PM CST

River Report -- Nov. 14 Another great late fall day on the southern Venango County portion of the river. A good smallie bite in the morning and late afternoon, with a bit of a mid-day lull. Really nice-sized fish today, with a bunch in the 18 to 19.5 inch range. Water temp 46, so if the bottom doesn't fall out of things, we should still have some great upcoming action.

river guide jeff
11-09-2008 5:59:20 PM CST

River Report -- Nov. 9 Cold, breezy day on the northern Armstrong County portion of the river today. Targeted walleyes and muskies. One short (28-inch) muskie, and a handful of walleyes up to 18 inches. About 15 smallies too.

river guide jeff
11-08-2008 6:57:13 PM CST

River Report -- Nov 6 The change back to fall-like weather made it feel like November fishing. And the bass must have agreed. 45 smallies today, including some in the 18 to 19.5-inch range. Other than floating leaves clogging the jet outboard a few times, a pretty great late fall day on the southern Venango portion of the river.

river guide jeff
11-06-2008 7:49:34 PM CST

River Report -- Nov 6 Walleyes are starting to show up in greater numbers. Picked up a half dozen walleyes along with about 20 smallies during a short afternoon trip in northern Armstrong County.

river guide jeff
11-01-2008 6:52:23 PM CST

River Report -- Nov 1 Another recon trip, this time in Venango County. Decent day...37 smallies and four walleyes. Not as many big bass as the last trip, but a few fat ones up to 17 inches. Lots of dead grass in the river today. Hampered the effort. If we would get another foot or two of water in the river, which would push the bass up closer to the banks, and add more walleyes and muskies to the mix, the fall bite would really get rolling.

river guide jeff
10-30-2008 7:54:50 PM CST

River Report -- October 30 Dave Lehman and I did a scouting trip today in northern Armstrong County. The winter-like weather has dropped the water temperature to the mid 40s; smallmouth are moving into their wintering spots. We caught and release 33, lost/missed at least twice that many. Mostly bigger fish in the 15 to 17 inch range. Also a couple small walleyes. Looks like the late fall bite is here!

river guide jeff
10-17-2008 5:41:17 PM CST

River Report -- Oct. 17 Cooler weather and cloudy skies helped spur a pretty good bite today. Decent numbers of smallies, and a few good ones. The best one stretched 18.5 inches. A few fish holding in deeper, rocky runs (Dinger water). But most of them still in thin water on flukes and swimbaits. Water temp is 58, with low, clear water conditions. Floating dead grass was a negative factor, especially in the afternoon.

river guide jeff
10-12-2008 7:53:38 PM CST

River Report -- Oct. 12 High sunny skies and low, clear water added up to a finicky bite this afternoon. Father/son guests Matt & John worked hard for the fish they caught today. Not much coming from the slower waters yet. Biters still in the shallows of flukes. The nice weather has been pleasant, but I'm ready to bring on fall.

river guide jeff
10-10-2008 6:42:25 PM CST

River Report -- Oct. 10 A pleasant day on the river in southern Venango County today. I hosted Joe Rossi and cameraman Greg today, shooting an episode for Joe's Wild Adventures, which airs on Fox Sports Pittsburgh. The big smallies were camera-shy, only following, or worse yet, grabbing the tails of Flukes so they could tease and frustrate. But we did end up catching a pretty good bunch, just not the big ones we would have liked. The bass were still in the shallows, but once the fog burned off, the biters were on the shaded side of the river. All of em Flukes today. Water 58 degrees, and not much in the way of dead floating grass.

river guide jeff
10-05-2008 8:30:58 AM CST

Ohio River Report -- Oct. 4 Spent the day fishing the Montgomery Pool of the Ohio River fishing and shooting photos. The Ohio rarely fails to show what a diverse fishery it supports, and it didn't today. Smallmouth bass, white bass, freshwater drum, channel cats, flathead cats, sauger (though dink-sized) and even a skipjack herring. Fished the Dashields tailrace, area around old lock&dam 4, and the mouth of the Beaver.

river guide jeff
09-27-2008 10:39:49 AM CST

Upper Mississippi River -- Sept. 23-25 Attention fellow river rats! If you ever get the opportunity to fish the section of river north of St. Cloud, Minn., jump on it. Outstanding fishing for over-sized brown bass. Walleyes and muskies also available, depending upon the section of river being fished. An abundance of lakes in the region provide a long list of additional fishing options.

Ole Bluefleck
09-20-2008 5:48:18 PM CST

Tough bite at Wilhelm today but managed a couple decent bass...Talked to three tournament anglers verifying the same....

river guide jeff
09-20-2008 3:28:31 PM CST

River Report -- Sept. 20 The smallmouth bite was off compared to yesterday, but still decent.

river guide jeff
09-19-2008 6:25:52 PM CST

River Report -- Sept. 19 The smallies must be feeing the coming of fall. Good bite today. Must have boated around 60, with a nice bunch of quality fish in the 15-17 inch range. The river's quite clear again, and back to a summertime low level. Still a lot of fish in the shallows, though we did get a few on Dingers in the deeper, slower stuff.

lake guide jeff
09-18-2008 5:35:19 AM CST
A day on Keystone, introducing guests to my summer spot bass spots on the lake, as well as the drop shot technique. Picked up a few largemouth along the deep edge of the weedline, which was only about 8 feet deep, with the lake being seven feet low. The NuMine access isn't an option with a trailered boat. Atwood will be a problem if the lake drops another foot or two.

river guide jeff
09-18-2008 5:31:29 AM CST

River Report -- Sept. 16 Smallmouth bass in a little bit of a funk following the wild weather (50 mph wind, 20 degree temp drop following "Ike"). About 20 today, but the top end was in the 15 to 16 inch range. River's nice, though, with just a bit of color.

river guide jeff
09-13-2008 7:26:59 AM CST

River Report -- Sept. 12 Wow...that was the wettest day I've fished in a long time! Pretty much rained all day, and a hard rain at times. Clients hung in there and experienced a good bite. None of the giants of last time, but good numbers and a few nice ones. The rain muddied up the feeder creeks, so expect some color in the river for awhile. Who knows how much color, with Ike's rain forecast to pass through our area on Monday. Lots of floating grass in the water, something that happens every fall as the weeds die off.

river guide jeff
09-08-2008 3:50:23 PM CST

River Report -- Sept. 7 Best outing in a while. Smallies really on, especially the bigger fish. Two 19 inchers, and several other quality-sized bass. About 30 boated in a four-hour guide trip. River still low and clear, but cooling off a bit. Around 70, a drop of about four to five degrees from mid-week. Cooler temps and rain in the forcast. The bite should continue to be good.

river guide jeff
09-07-2008 9:32:18 AM CST

River Report -- Sept. 6 A front that brought cloudy skies and cooler temperatures spurred a pretty good bite today. Lots of fish, including a fair amount in the 15 to 17 inch range. Still a lot of fish in shallow, moving water.

river guide jeff
08-27-2008 4:12:20 PM CST

River Report -- Aug. 26 Low, clear water and bluebird skies greated my guests and me on the southen Venango section of the river. Skittish fish...lots of followers. Despite lots of flowing algae, plenty of floating weeds and a bunch of "lookers," the guys managed to boat a few nices ones. Maybe the "Fay" rain will add some color and flow to the river.

river guide jeff
08-23-2008 3:22:33 PM CST

River Report -- Aug. 23 Following a summer that featured higher flows and off-colored water, the river is now low and clear. The clear water and hot air temperatures spurred a heavy growth of suspended algae today. That, coupled with a continued flow of floating grass, made things challenging. Still, a good catch today, including a fair number over 15 inches, biggest just shy of 18. Spent a lot of time today testing out some baits from Warrior. Really nice stuff. Their sinking worm, the "spear," produced the biggest smallie. Nice buzzbait,too. Hoping for some cooler temps and a return of color to the water to stifle algae production. That stuff really limits what you can do.

river guide jeff
08-19-2008 8:41:31 PM CST

River Report -- Aug 19. Muskie guru Howard boated this one while on a river muskie trolling outing with the river guide.

river guide jeff
08-19-2008 11:03:58 AM CST

River report -- Aug 17 I wish we could have boated even half of the fish that struck short today. But still, a pretty good day on the river. Client's first experience with river smallies. He did great, establishing a personal best with a fat 18 incher. River's in really nice shape. Fairly clear, flowing nicely for this time of year, thanks to a three-day increase in discharge from Kinzua. Expected to drop as they throttle back the outflow.

river guide jeff
08-15-2008 7:16:19 PM CST

River Report -- Aug. 15 Galida's Grubz score on Allegheny! Venom's Galida's Grubz was the best thing going today. Fished as a swimming jig on a Gopher Mushroom jighead. Nice to have Galida's Grubs back on the market. Pick em up at Warren Boat Sales in Butler, or Consumer Direct Sports near the Grove City outlets. They will also be available at the internet webstore fishusa. River is in nice shape. Slighly stained, and about a foot higher than normal for this time of year, thanks to some rain up north and an increase in discharge from Kinzua.

river guide jeff
08-10-2008 6:15:53 PM CST

River report - Aug. 10. Southern Venango County. Another good day. Water slightly stained; around 4 ft at the Franklin usgs gauge. Smallies up to 18 inches, plus bonus walleye. Mostly in the faster water...flukes, swimbaits, and Andy's swimming worm. A lot of bass in really fast, shallow water today.

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