Allegheny River (Riverfront Park)

Venango - Pennsylvania

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Walleye - any deep hole using big shiners. Pike - Reno and Franklin areas. Located near State Route 8/62.

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Allegheny River (Riverfront Park) Fishing Reports

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  1. Catch-up post #3: This was the biggest of three that I caught on the first day of a two-day Angler of the Year (AOY) championship for the Keystone Bass Kayak Series. ...more It was a rough tournament for everyone. I ended up in 9th for the tournament, which placed me 4th in the overall AOY. I was in second at the end of the “regular season,” before the championship tournament. This bass, though, was big enough to win big bass for the tournament at 20”. The winnings from the big bass pot was almost as big as the 4th place finish in AOY. This smallmouth swiped at my plopper bait with its tail, sending it five feet in the air. I waited until it hit the water before cranking it a couple of turns with the bass striking it again but missing. I stopped the bait again for a 1/2 second, and then cranked hard. The bass came almost completely out of the water, chasing the bait horizontally for about two feet before engulfing it. It was probably one of the most exciting bites that I have experienced in my four decades of fishing.

    4 lb. 8 oz. 20 in. Smallmouth Bass with a River2Sea Whopper Plopper

    1. Rick S 0
      Thanks for sharing a great story on a really nice bass! Congrats on a great season!
    2. Frank Yamada 0
      Thanks, Bill. The location, which I keep private, is correct on the map. I don’t know why the app. calls this waterfront park. It’s not. It’s the Middle Allegheny.
    3. Bill Nichie 0
      20 inch smallmouth is the Holy Grail. Congratulations and thanks for sharing. I miss your posts on Lake Arthur. Glad I found you and the crew at Riverfront
    4. Matt L 0
      that is a beast of a smallie! and thanks for sharing the recap of the catch, that had to be so much fun!
    5. Walt Hilliard 0
      Doesn’t get any better than that…. Good 👍 going…
    6. Mark Merlin 0
      Sounds fun. Congratulations on a terrific year.
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  2. For the second straight trip, I caught a lot of smallmouth. Yesterday, it was 35. I did not get the size for this tournament (I finished 21st out of 56). My largest ...more was this one. I usually say, “Avoid the slack water, and look for breaks in the current.” Well, I caught this one in relatively slow and deep water. Goes to show, sometimes you just make the cast.

    2 lb. 8 oz. 16 in. Smallmouth Bass

    1. Rick S 0
      can't imagine how much fun 35 smallmouth would be..nice!!
    2. Mark Merlin 0
      Nice fish. You had a very good year tournament wise.
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  3. Had a fun day floating with Drew, Mark, and Jim. Drew opened the day with a large smallie on his first cast. I had a big numbers day. These are the two biggest fish ...more out of 33 smallies. The one on the left was the heaviest at 2 lbs 10 oz. The one on the right was the longest at 17 1/4”.

    2 lb. 10 oz. 17 in. Smallmouth Bass

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Great day Frank, and thank you for putting it together for us.
    2. Rick S 0
      Nice catches! and big numbers!
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  4. Went on our yearly Allegheny run. Had alot of fun with Frank, Jim and Drew. Frank kicked all of our butts bad. I caught 11 Smallmouth but nothing bigger than 14 ...more inches. This shot shows the beauty of the River.

    Smallmouth Bass

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Was great to finally fish with you. Maybe again next year.
    2. Mark Merlin 0
      Frank, I did but I would gladly trade numbers for size.
    3. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice Mark!!
    4. Rick S 0
      Glad to see you guys had a great day!
    5. Frank Yamada 0
      It was a beautiful float and a good day on the river. Nice job, today. I think you improved on your numbers from last time.
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  5. 19.0 in. Walleye with a Erie Dearie Floating Jig Heads

  6. Nice to float the Middle Allegheny with Mark today. Biggest of eight, excluding a six inch dink of the dinks that came off at the boat.

    3 lb. 2 oz. 18 in. Smallmouth Bass with a Ned rig

    1. Jim Holland 0
      Glad to see you guys had a good day. Sorry I couldn't be there.
    2. Rick S 0
      That's a beaut!
    3. Mark Merlin 0
      That was a hog, wtg Frank
    4. John M 0
      Way to go guys! Me and my son wherecin the Allegheny today too 👍
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  7. The biggest of 6 today. Ty Frank for a great day.

    16.0 in. Smallmouth Bass with a Spinnerbait

    1. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Jim
    2. Jim Holland 0
      Nice, Mark. Hope you enjoyed it. Sorry I couldn't be there.
    3. Mark Merlin 0
      Any Smallies John?
    4. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty again Frank, had a blast.
    5. John M 0
      Glad you finally got out there Mark! Me and my son where on the Allegheny today. I had another Muskie just about "in the net", but NOPE broke free ...sigh ...more (lol).
    6. Frank Yamada 0
      It was a great time. Nice smallie, bud.
    7. Mark Merlin 0
      ty Rick
    8. Rick S 0
      That's a nice one Mark..wtg
    9. Mark Merlin 0
      Ty Chad
    10. Chad Jaco 0
      Nice smallie Mark!!
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  8. 4 lb. 20.0 in. Smallmouth Bass with a Erie Dearie Floating Jig Heads

  9. 3 lb. 5 oz. 18.0 in. Smallmouth Bass with a Erie Dearie Floating Jig Heads

    1. Walt Hilliard 0
      Nice one
  10. Another tournament in the books. This past weekend, I made another float down the Middle Allegheny for a Kayak Anglers of Western PA tournament. I was only able ...more to get a small limit of 5 smallmouth (must be 12 inches or more), though I caught 15 or so bass on the day. It was good enough to finish 17th out of 50 anglers. On this day, I just couldn’t find the big ones, though my first hookup was with a 18-19 incher that managed to shake the hook free while almost on the bank (I was wading the lower end of a riffle). That fish would have helped the cause. I did well enough to remain in the top five for the angler of the year race: The last tournament is in a week and a half.

    2 lb. 15 in. Smallmouth Bass

    1. Randy Leventry 0
      Very good results! Next year 1St place😀
    2. Rick S 0
    3. ray dembowski 0
      good stuff. good luck.
    4. John M 0
      Nice Frank. You easily bested 50% of the field. That's a win any day of the week!
    5. Mike A. 0
      You’re my angler of the year, no matter, Frank! Haha
    6. b ripoer 0
      Good job Frank.
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