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SPECIALIZING IN GUIDED SMALLMOUTH BASS FISHING TRIPS ON THE ALLEGHENY RIVER
This is the site of veteran outdoor writer & fishing guide Jeff Knapp. It's your connection to exciting and informative guided fishing trips on select waters of the western portion of the Keystone State!
RIVER TRIPS WILL RUN IN A CUSTOM-BUILT RIVER ROCKET by ROCK PROOF BOATS
ALLEGHENY RIVER SEMINAR -- I'll be doing a seminar on Allegheny River fishing for the Worthington Outdoor Expo on Sunday March 5 at 11:00 am. It's in the Worthington Civic Center (the old high school), on Main Street. Worthington is on Route 422 between Kittanning and Butler.
2017 PRE-SEASON UPDATE
I’m looking forward to an exciting 2017 season, the first as a FULL-TIME GUIDE SERVICE. Full-time status will provide some added fishing options and services.
This will be the second year we’ll be fishing out of the custom Rockproof River Rocket. I’m extremely pleased with the added safety and comfort the boat provided last season. When summer’s low water arrived, it enabled us to get back in some skinny spots that would not have been an option in prior boats…added fish on many occasions!
For the first time in several years there will be a modest rate increase -- $325 for a full day (from $300); and $225 for a half day (from $200). The bump is needed to offset added fuel/oil costs of the larger boat/engine. However, you can beat this increase if you get a trip(s) booked by the end of February. More details below.
2017 guests will also have the use of new St. Croix rods and new Shimano and Pflueger reels, ones loaded with high quality Gamma lines.
Last season I ran many productive trips out of Kennerdell, so this will now be a regular put-in for guide trips. Launching out of East Brady, Parker/Foxburg and Kennerdell opens over 50 miles of the middle Allegheny. This provides a lot of options based on time of year and client preference.
In addition to the Allegheny, I’ll again be running trips on Kahle Lake (Kahle/Allegheny split trips are popular) and Armstrong County’s Keystone Lake. If Pymatuning Lake’s walleye bite is a good one this year, I’ll also offer outings there. Regularly visit the Keystone Connection website and Facebook page for updates on fishing activity, as additional guide trip options will likely be available as the season unfolds.
BOOK EARLY FOR DISCOUNT RATE
I’ll honor 2016’s rate schedule for all trips arranged prior to March 1, 2017. No, this doesn’t mean the trip must be taken by March 1, just that it’s on the books. This applies to Gift Certificates too, so if you’re not sure when you’d like to fish, you can beat the rate hike by purchasing a Gift Certificate(s) now, and arrange your trip later.
Thanks to everyone that’s fished with me in the past. I’m looking forward to see you again this year!
THE MILD WINTER IS PROVIDING WALLEYE OPPORTUNITIES. CONTACT ME TO DISCUSS.
A key focus of the Keystone Connection is jet-boat fishing adventures on portions of the middle Allegheny River. Skimming through shallow river sections, you’ll have access to miles of lightly-fished waters. Smallmouth bass are available from April to December. Typical whole-day trips on the middle Allegheny cover 12 to 15 miles of river.
VISIT THE "FISHING REPORTS" PAGE FOR THE LATEST ON KEYSTONE CONNECTION "GUIDE WATERS!"
NOTE: CATCH AND RELEASE FOR ALL BASS OUTINGS (and incidentally caught muskies).
If your interest leans toward learning bass-catching tactics on Western Pennsylvania’s hard-fished reservoirs, consider spending a day on Armstrong County’s Keystone Lake or Venango County’s Kahle Lake. Keystone’s clear water and deep weed growth provides a perfect venue for learning finesse presentations that take smallmouth and largemouth bass that see a lot of baits. Despite its small size, Kahle Lake harbors a fine largemouth fishery including five-pound plus fish. With extensive weed growth of several types, Kahle is a great place to practice a variety of tactics.
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