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river guide jeff
04-23-2018 5:08:16 PM CST

Fishing Report -- April 23 Another good reservoir outing, boating 29 smallies and 3 nice walleyes. Back on the river Wed. I have this Friday open.

river guide jeff
04-21-2018 4:46:18 PM CST

Fishing Report -- April 21 Looks like the Allegheny will be back down to decent shape by Wed. In the meantime, I fished a small reservoir with a good smallmouth population. Worked out well as we boated 30 between 14-18.5 inches in a little over 4 hours. I have a limited number of open weekdays during the coming two weeks. No weekend dates until mid May.

river guide jeff
04-15-2018 4:36:30 PM CST

River Report -- April 15 Another excellent outing. 60 smallmouth, nearly all between 14 and 18.5 inches. A few walleyes too. Finesse tubes and jerkbaits. Water temp 49; clear. Rain coming in tonight so that's about to change considerably.

river guide jeff
04-14-2018 6:32:06 PM CST

River Report -- April 14 Great day. Lots of smallies. Lots of doubles. Lots of big brown bass in the 15-19 inch range. Tubes and suspending jerkbaits. River 49 degrees and in great shape (for now). Big rain heading this way so that will likely change.

river guide jeff
04-13-2018 5:26:27 PM CST

River Report -- April 13 Looks like it's going to be one of those springs. River just getting back to nice shape after two weeks of high water. But with over two inches of rain predicted Sunday/Monday it looks like this window of opportunity will be short. We got the Allegheny Grand Slam today -- musky, northern, walleye and smallies. Biggest bass 17 inches. Husky Jerks and tubes. Water temp around 44 degrees.

river guide jeff
03-29-2018 6:43:42 PM CST

River Report -- March 29 River on the rise thanks to two days of steady rain. Managed a few nice ones today on hair jigs and twister tail grubs. Looks like the river will be high and muddy for a few days. Today's water temp 41 degrees.

river guide jeff
03-25-2018 6:39:32 PM CST

River Report -- March 25 First smallie trip of the year, and a good one considering water temperatures of 39-40 degrees. A bunch of smallies, all from 15-17.5 inches. Tubes, finesse jigs and Galida Grubz. If you're up for the challenge of early spring river smallie fishing, the time has arrived. The bite should continue to improve this week with the warming air temperatures and milder nights.

river guide jeff
03-18-2018 8:53:29 PM CST
Lower Allegheny -- March 18 With walleye season over, and the water still too cold to get the smallies going, we targeted muskies this afternoon. Boated a fat 36 incher and lost another. A friend fishing the same area boated a 38 incher.

river guide jeff
03-15-2018 4:25:04 PM CST
Fishing Update -- March 15 Finally got back on the river after over two months of inactivity due to ice and high water. Trips to Pool 6 of the Allegheny and the Parker area produced walleyes up to 26 inches as well as the first smallie of the year. Things are looking up! Smallmouth action should kick in by early to mid April May should provide good walleye action on the river, and largemouth fishing on Kahle and Keystone. And if the Pymatuning walleye bite is good we'll be doing trips there as well.

River Guide Jeff
12-03-2017 8:20:56 PM CST

Fishing Update -- Dec. 3 (sorry for being negligent with updates of late. My Facebook page is updated regularly.) The past month has included two high water periods on the Allegheny. During that period bass and walleyes have moved into late fall locations. Lots of bass -- and plenty of big ones -- mostly on tubes and hair jigs. As of today the water temperature is around 40 degrees. Still getting bass, but the days are probably numbered for smallies. The walleye bite has been good the last week. Today's trip produced the "Allegheny Grand Slam," smallies, walleyes, northern pike and musky.

River Guide Jeff
10-25-2017 1:44:58 PM CST

Weekly Update -- Oct 25 I've ran several river guide trips since last outing, all productive. The prolonged summer-like weather is keeping some river smallies in warm water patterns, while others are gradually moving into late fall spots. With the arrival of fall weather, river smallies will be moving into the autumn locations, with walleyes adding to the mix. The promise of great late fall fishing is near, so contact me now to set up a trip!

River Guide Jeff
10-18-2017 4:16:37 PM CST

River Report -- Weekly Update Oct 18 We've run many trips since last update. Autumn fishing is progressing nicely, with plenty of quality-sized smallmouth bass in the mix. Water temperatures are slowly dropping, and bass are gradually moving into their classic late-fall locations. As of today (Oct 18) water temperature is around 57 degrees. We should be in late fall patterns within a week or two...BIG BASS TIME!!!

River Guide Jeff
10-09-2017 4:10:19 PM CST

Weekly River Update -- Oct 9 I've been on the water most days the past week, running trips and also enjoying the fine fall fishing with family and friends. Even thought the water temperatures remain warm, river smallies are starting to show up in traditional late-fall spots. And there are still plenty of fish using shallow, faster current areas. We are getting lots of bass, plenty of 15-20 inchers, and a few nice walleyes in the mix. Lots of trips are booked this fall, but plenty of open dates remain. If you're interested in a fall outing give me a shout!

river guide jeff
10-03-2017 5:06:59 AM CST

River Update -- Oct 2 Several river guide trips have passed since my last update. As the days have shortened, and the water slowly cools, more and more bigger bass are showing up in the mix. We've been getting good numbers of 15-20 inch smallies on all trips the past week, a trend likely to continue as conditions cool off further. No telling how long the fall big-fish bite will last ( though typically it extends well into November)so schedule a trip now!

River Guide Jeff
09-23-2017 4:27:01 PM CST

River Report -- Sept. 23 Tom and grandson Luke made the trip up from the Pgh area to put in a full day on the middle Allegheny. Good early morning bite, with several quality-sized smallies coming on soft jerbkatis. Things got tougher after the fog cleared and the cloudless sky appeared. Later in the day we had good action on Bass Pro Shops Speed Shad and Gailida's Grubz (fished as a swimbait). Water's low, clear and back up to 75 degrees.

river guide jeff
09-22-2017 6:25:32 PM CST

River Update -- Sept 22 We've been out several times since my last report. The river smallmouth fishing has been good, with lots of fish, and more quality-sized ones in the mix. We're getting them on topwaters, X-Raps, Winco's River Darter, and other soft jerkbaits. Also be sure to "like" my Facebook page to get regular fishing updates.

River Guide Jeff
09-10-2017 8:08:18 PM CST

Sept 9 --Regular client Tom and son Ryan made the trek up from the Pgh area for a full day trip. Slower action today than recent trips have experienced, but they worked hard and landed some nice smallies. Everything today in the 10 to 15 inch range. Most of them on River Darters. Water temp was down to 62 degrees when we left the ramp this morning but back up to 65 degrees by late afternoon. Fairly low and clear.

River Guide Jeff
09-08-2017 4:45:02 PM CST

River Update -- Sept. 8 Back on the middle Allegheny after a couple lower Allegheny scouting trips for muskies. Smallies a bit less aggressive today, likely due to the 6-8 degree drop in water temperature. But we still had a great day. "Big Fish Tom" and brother "Fish-on John" boated 40-50 bass. No toads today, but plenty of nice 15-17 inchers. All on Rapala X-Raps and soft jerkbaits

River Guide Jeff
08-31-2017 3:44:17 PM CST

River Update -- The Allegheny continues to be productive. During yesterday's afternoon/evening trip we boated around 20 bass and two walleyes. Today, longtime regular client Al traveled up from the North Hills of Pgh to enjoy another fine outing. We boated 35 smallies, with a bunch of nice ones from 16-19 inches. Some as fat as footballs. Most of today's fish on various soft swimbaits, BPS Speed Shad and Rapala X-Rap. Water 72 degrees and clear.

River Guide Jeff
08-29-2017 5:04:14 PM CST

River Update -- August 29 Trips late last week and today have been good. Excellent day today as we landed 60-70 smallmouth and two walleyes. Bass of all sizes up to 17 inches. Also lost a couple 18 inch-plus. Caught 'em on a whole bunch of stuff today. Whopper Plopper, flukes, X-Raps, Senkos, original floating Rapalas, BPS Speed Shad. Water low, clear and 71 degrees. If you're looking to experience river smallie action with summertime tactics, now's the time!

river guide jeff
08-21-2017 5:09:14 PM CST

River Report -- Aug 21 Another great day on the Allegheny. Good numbers of smallies up to 18 inches. Most of today's fish on Zoom Super Flukes. Water low, clear and 78 degrees.

river guide jeff
08-12-2017 12:24:38 PM CST
River Report -- August 12 Regular client Steve G. and friend John squeezed in a half-day morning trip before the river got busy with kayaks, canoes and tubers. Lots of smallies and two nice walleyes (22 and 20 inches). Rapala X-Raps, River Darters and BPS Speed Shad.

river guide jeff
08-11-2017 4:57:27 PM CST

River Update -- Aug 11 River trips over the past couple of days have been typical of summertime smallmouth action. Good numbers of bass (averaging around 50 per day) with ones of all sizes in the mix. Biggest of late in the 17 inch range. And they really fight hard in the 72-75 degree water. Getting most of them on X-Raps and Winco's River Darters.

river guide jeff
08-08-2017 9:47:38 PM CST

River Report -- Aug 8 Full day on the water today. Morning trip out of Kennerdell. Afternoon trip from Parker. Lot of smallies, including some toads. Most of them on Rapala X-Raps. The rest on Winco River Darters

river guide jeff
07-29-2017 4:48:16 PM CST

River Update -- July 29 We slammed them yesterday with an approaching front. Lots of bass, and plenty of big ones up to 18 inches. On the backside of the front, things a little slower today but we still boated a bunch of smallies. More small ones in the mix today several 14-16 inchers in the mix. Rapala X-Raps, Winco River Darters and BPS Speed Shad have been the productive baits the past two days. The guide schedule opens up the second week of August, with plenty of time for folks to get in a summertime river smallie trip.

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