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River Guide Jeff
12-11-2016 6:58:26 PM CST
River Update -- The recent cold snap that's brought cold and snow has dropped the water temperature to the mid-30s. It's a walleye bite now. We've been targeting 'eyes the last two weeks, catching good numbers.

River Guide Jeff
11-28-2016 7:00:21 PM CST

River Report -- Nov 28 Still getting big smallies on the middle Allegheny. A dozen today up to 19 inches. Tubes, hair jigs, soft swimbaits and spinnerbaits. Water temp 41 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
11-26-2016 11:47:34 AM CST
River Report -- We had a nice day-after-Thanksgiving walleye trip on the lower Allegheny, a typical one for that section of river. Good action throughout the day; fast fishing during the evening twilight bite; and a few keepers for folks to take home. We ended up with 30 to 40 walleyes, mostly sub-legal, but three in the 16 to 18 inch range. We also had a nice musky eat a yellow perch that a guest caught on a jig-and-minnow, an exciting event, as it took place near the surface, about 15 feet from the boat. As long as the river doesn't freeze I'll be running four to six-hour trips during the late part of the day, finishing up at dark. If good numbers of biting walleyes, and the chance for some keepers or trophy sized walleyes interest you, get in contact to discuss a trip. Outings can be arranged on a last minute basis, this time of year, perfect when windows of mild weather happen. Also, until the launch ramps freeze or become snow-covered, the middle Allegheny is still an option.

River Guide Jeff
11-22-2016 7:37:54 PM CST

Fishing Update -- The past several trips have produced good numbers of smallies, as well as numerous quality sized walleyes. Most of the fish have come on BPS Speed Shad swimbaits and Jimmy D's Riverbug hair jigs. The recent snap of winter like weather will likely slow down the bass bite. We're catching numbers of walleyes from the lower Allegheny. Starting Thanksgiving weekend I'll be running six-hour river trips aimed at walleyes. Have a great holiday, everyone!

River Guide Jeff
11-05-2016 5:18:03 PM CST

River Report -- Nov 5 River smallies really like hair jigs when the water temperature is 50-55 degrees. Today's trip produced bass up to 18 inches. All on Jimmy D's Riverbugs and rabbit fur jigs. Water up, off-color, 52 degrees.

River Guide Jeff
11-04-2016 4:35:44 PM CST
River Update -- Back on the river following a period of high water. River smallies are now in late fall locations. Caught a bunch in the 15 to 18 inch range, mostly on Jimmy D's Riverbug. River flow up, off-color, and 53 degrees. Floating leaves an issue in some places.

River Guide Jeff
10-26-2016 3:17:40 PM CST

River Update -- October 26 Back on the river today, following a period of high, unfishable water. As I'd hoped, with the increased flow and drop in water temperature Allegheny River smallies were in their late fall locations, i.e. slower, protected areas. We got 'em on tubes, Galida's Grubz, and rabbit hair jigs. All between 14 and 17 inches. Providing winter doesn't make an early appearance, some of the year's best action for big smallies (along with walleyes and the occasional pike and musky) is likely to take place during the coming weeks.

River Guide Jeff
10-16-2016 1:32:43 PM CST

Fishing Update -- Oct 16 River trips last week provided challenging conditions. The river has gotten very low and clear, with plenty of floating weeds in many areas. Throw in a full moon -- when it's likely bass are active at night -- and daytime fishing was, in general, slow. Still, all trips produced some nice smallies. Most of them 15 to 18 inches, and a few good walleyes as well. Water temperature is around 60.

River Guide Jeff
10-11-2016 5:15:35 PM CST

River Update -- As has been the trend of late, the past week's trips yielded more big smallies. Plenty of fish in the 15 to 20-plus-inch range. Water temperatures are dropping -- currently around 60 -- so the bass will soon be moving to the slower, protected water when jigs and slow-moving suspending jerkbaits will be the ticket. For now, they're still in the faster areas, hitting Winco's River Darters and X-Raps. I'd expect the jig bite to be in full swing in two to three weeks.

River Guide Jeff
10-02-2016 9:49:02 AM CST

Fishing Update -- All efforts during the past week on the middle Allegheny. Trips aren't producing great numbers, but a good many quality-sized bass in the mix. This is the time of year when bass start gravitating toward the slower, protected areas they'll use late fall. Early fall trips involve checking lots of areas, as good numbers of bass, especially the active, feeding ones, remain in the summer-like spots close to faster current. Look for updates in the weeks to come on other late fall options, such as Keystone Lake bass and Pymatuning walleyes.

River Guide Jeff
09-26-2016 1:36:49 PM CST

River Report -- Sept 26 Several good ones in the mix today.

River Guide Jeff
09-24-2016 5:16:13 PM CST

Fishing Update -- Sept 24 Last week's trips including outings on both Keystone Lake and the middle Allegheny. Early in the week the Allegheny was running high and dirty from a deluge of rain that hit Venango and Crawford counties last Sunday, filling French Creek and Oil Creek, and ultimately the Allegheny. River trips Wed through Saturday witnessed a gradual fall in flows, as well as clearing. By the end of the week we were catching good numbers of smallies, and some big ones up to 20 inches; a few walleyes as well...hopefully a precursor of the fall season to come.

River Guide Jeff
09-17-2016 4:36:50 PM CST

Fishing Update -- Action on the middle Allegheny remains solid. Lots of little bass, but quite a few good ones up to 19 inches as well. Walleyes showing up in the mix more frequently too. Water temp as of today was 70 degrees. With water temperatures dropping, and the days getting shorter, it's likely river action will be on the upswing.

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.

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