Our long-awaited Western Pennsylvania event is upon us! Last year we faced flood conditions with the majority of the rivers running as high and as muddy as locals had seen in years. They were quite simply awful conditions for fishing.
Looking back to June 14th, 2014 , check out these USGS gauges! The discharge was over 5 times the mean and the height on event day was over 9 feet!
For the record, Drew Gregory still managed to find some trophy smallmouth bass on last year’s trip! (No surprise there…)
Check out that brown water! Today, at the same gauge I think we can all agree it looks a lot better even just looking at the graph below! The discharge in this area normally runs lower this time of year as compared to June, so we anticipate a very comfortable float on the Kiskiminetas River which is in bounds in its entirety.
The River’s Edge Canoe & Kayak is situated right on this particular river and that’s where the optional Friday evening captain’s meeting will be held and led by the Hooked on Wild Waters host, Drew Gregory who will be in town and of course Neill and Evelyn Andritz who own and operate The River’s Edge.
If you’re looking for a solid bag, here are a few big smallmouth bass from this river to get you pumped up!
Heading North from this location, anglers may fish the Allegheny River (and all tributaries along the way) up to the mouth of French Creek in Franklin, PA. Here’s a dose of what can be found in these rivers:
Last year, the local kayak fishing organization, Kayak Anglers held an event in Franklin, PA near the northernmost boundary and you can view the results of this event right here: Kayak Anglers Event Results
As you head West from The River’s Edge, you will notice the Allegheny River combines with the Ohio and Monongahela rivers to form what is commonly know as “The Point” or the “Three Rivers” in downtown Pittsburgh. If you are setting your sights on the Ohio River, you can fish it all the way to the I-376 overpass near Beaver, PA. Since all tributaries in that section are included, don’t forget about the Beaver River! You can fish that one the whole way to Route 422 just south of New Castle. These bronze beauties were caught in this general area:
Heading South, you will find the Monongahela and Yough rivers which both flow north towards Pittsburgh. You can fish these two waterways as far south as the I-70 overpass. Smallies on the Yough provides guided trips in this area and you can check out plenty of trophies on their website, including these monster bronzebacks:
Finally, your eastern boundaries are defined by PA-219 passing over the Conemaugh River (which is formed by the Kiskiminetas River in Saltsburg, PA) and PA-119 where it crosses Mahoning Creek in Punxsutawney.
The complete boundary map is below.
The Top Team will take home a guaranteed cash prize of $1,000 and someone will take home a Jackson Kayak Coosa HD! Also included will be thousands of dollars in additional prizes including an Orion Cooler and much, much more! This is a great opportunity to earn valuable Series Points so you are positioned well in the Tennessee Championship on October 24th. Don’t miss this event, it’s going to be one to remember! CLICK HERE to sign up today.