Allegheny River Fishing

Allegheny River Fishing:

Allegheny River
Allegheny River

In this post I am going to write on the best fishing spots on this river. Give you a little history on the river, list some of the fishing guide services, and just try to give you as much information on the Allegheny River as possible. Future posts will include the Monongehala River and the Ohio river as well. I hope you find this article interesting and please encourage all readers to comment below.



Where does the Allegheny River begin?

The Allegheny River is about 325 miles long and is the major tributary to the of the Ohio River. The Allegheny River actually has its origins in Pennsylvania in Potter County. It flows briefly into New York State for about 80 miles then back again into Pennsylvania.

Allegheny River
Allegheny River

The Kinzua Dam is found along the Allegheny River. It is one of the largest dams in the eastern half of the United States and straddles both New York state and Pennsylvania. It is also located in the Allegheny National Forest near Warren, Pa. along Rte 59. The Allegheny River then flows southward in the west central part of Pennsylvania, eventually emptying into the Monongehala River and then forming the Ohio River in Pittsburgh, Pa. at Point Park. The Allegheny Rivers major tributaries are the Kiskiminetas, Clarion, and Conemaugh rivers and Red Bank, Oil, and French creeks.

 

Allegheny River- Fish Species:

The Allegheny River contains a vast array of fish species for the avid fisherman. The list includes: Small mouth bass, walleye, Northern pike, musky, large mouth bass, trout, carp, perch and more rock bass and pan fish than you can shake your fishing pole at.

Allegheny River- Walleye Fishing:

This river is considered one of the top walleye fisheries in the state by the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission. From the Kinzua Dam spillway down to East Brady provides some very good walleye fishing. This section of river provides over a 100 miles of prime Allegheny river walleye fishing!! This section of river provides quite a few access points too. Ramps are also available in West Hickory, Tionesta, Oil City and Franklin. There are also public ramps at Emlenton, Parker and East Brady.

During first few weeks of the season, anglers should be concentrating on these slower areas of water.

Allegheny River Pittsburgh
Allegheny River Pittsburgh

When water warms with the arrival of summer, the fish can be found in  stronger, faster current, especially when they are feeding. In mid- to late-summer, it might be necessary to fish for walleye at night to have success, especially during periods of warm and sunny weather. Longer and deeper pools may be navigated with shallow draft boats with short-shaft outboards. Jet-drive outboards are required to run the longer sections of dominated by shallow riffles. Fishing jigs or vertical jigging is a favorite way to fish by many anglers. It can be very effective in currents, or around dams, in slower water, and near the shore. You can also fish a lot of structure in different parts of the river by jigging. Jigs when pitched toward shoreline structures, the same types of places bass fisherman may target, can be very effective if tipped with live bait such as a minnow or nite crawler.

Allegheny River
Allegheny River

Shiners or minnows fished with a bobber is also a very effective method. In Westmoreland County, the water level on the Allegheny River has returned to its normal summer time low  river flow, which always gives absolutely great access for all fishermen and boating enthusiasts. The Allegheny River in this area has been producing a very steady quantity of walleye right now. Anglers are enjoying more and more success with the walleye at night, and beneath all of the  the locks.

Allegheny River Musky fishing:

Also known as the fish of 10,000 casts! Musky may be one of the most exciting fish to catch that I know of. Honestly I have only ever caught a hand full of these fish, but can assure you they really get your adrenaline going! In fact the largest fish I have ever caught was a muskie. I caught this huge fish at Shawnee Lake in Bedford County. It was many years ago, but the memory still remains alive today. It was caught right below the concrete spillway in a small but deep hole right where the creek starts. Its a small hole, but it is chalked full of all kind of fish, especially perch. I caught the musky on a large shiner and although I never measured it. I would guestimate it was in excess of 50 inches. But I guess thats another story for Shawnee Lake. Lets see if we can find some places to fish for muskies on the Allegheny.

Each year, dozens and probably more  50-plus-inch musky are caught and released along the Allegheny, some of those pushing 40 pounds. The Middle Allegheny River starts at the breast of the Kinzua Dam close to a town called Warren, Pennsylvania. This river is a world class fishery for musky and many other fish. I believe musky can be caught along any portion of the Allegheny, but I am trying to pin point some hotspots for all you interested in musky fishing. One area for musky is about a mile west of Warren near the Warren Generating Station. Another area to fish for these beasts is near Ford City at pool #6. Another area to consider would be the mouth of Mahoning Creek. Kittanning may be worth a shot also. I have researched several srories of muskies being caught in this area also. All these areas would be considered upper and middle Allegheny River.

The Allegheny River, in particular, the section of the river that is not far from the Kinzua Dam, will give you some of the largest freshwater musky fishing in North America. Lots of muskie action on the tailrace of the Kinzua Dam also. There are numerous reports of 50+ inch fish here. Certainly worth looking into for sure. Also bear in mind any feeder stream along any length of this river could produce some muskie action. And when fishing any section of this river please try to pay attention to any baitfish activity. Watch and try to read the surface of the water. This alone can be very useful. Often times bait fish break the water in various spots. Often times too you can witness whole schools of bait fish leaping out of the water. I have witness this many times on various lakes and rivers. This very often could be a clear sign of prey fish busting through a shool of bait fish in a feeding frenzy. When witnessing this kind of feeding activity it always pays to cast in that direction! So it is always wise to read the water so to speak. It doesn’t hurt to watch the birds either. There is an endless amount of birds fishing the river all through out the day. Just pay attention!

The middle,  portion of the Allegheny River, from Warren down to Lock 9 close to Rimer, has the reputation for great musky fishing. This stretch of river is known for consistently producing large muskies. Has anyone had any musky experiences on this section of river? Please comment below.

I do believe the one of the biggest muskies that I have been able to find caught from the Allegheny River is 51″ and weighed in at 43 lbs. Another fish caught on the Allegheny  was 54″ and went well in to the 40 lbs. range. This fish was caught in and around Parker. Pa. Biologists consistently catch legal-sized musky — fish 40 inches and longer from the river around Harmarville, Oil City, Tionesta and President. So this should give some of you anglers out some real good places to start your musky fishing adventures. Would love to hear from anyone who has caught muskies as a result of the information found here. Please comment below.



 Musky Baits and Lures:

Here will try to give you guys and gals a rundown on the best baits and lures to catch river muskies. Large live shiners are always a favorite. That is what I caught my big musky on at Shawnee Lake. But there is  a plethora of lures that can be used as well. I will do my best to list them here for you. Alot of anglers swear by the River2Sea Mr Whiggley.

River2Sea Mr Whiggley
River2Sea Mr Whiggley
Musky Mania Super Jointed Believer, Walleye, 8-Inch Crankbait
Musky Mania Super Jointed Believer, Walleye, 8-Inch Crankbait

Another favorite lure you may wanna try is the Mepps H210 (black blade, black skirt)

Mepps H210 (black blade, black skirt)
Mepps H210 (black blade, black skirt)
 8-segment Multi-jointed Pike Muskie Lure, Hard Plastic 20cm 66g
8-segment Multi-jointed Pike Muskie Lure, Hard Plastic 20cm 66g

Allegheny River fishing Guides:

Here I will list as many Allegheny River guides for as I can. Please keep in mind I have never fished with any of these guides personally, so it would be up to you to do your due diligence.

  1. Allegheny Guide Service
  2. Keystone Connection Guide Service:
  3. A Day Away Fishing Service
  4. Blackwolfecommunications
  5. Wade Guide Services
  6. Adventure Bound on the Fly

Well guys here is a brief list of fishing guides for your enjoyment on the Allegheny River. If you have any success on the river with any of these guides please let me know by leaving a comment in the comment box below.




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5 thoughts on “Allegheny River Fishing


  1. I heading up to Pittsburgh next week to go to the playoff game. Go STEELERS! Anyways, I was searching for great places to fish in the area and came across your site. I’ll definitely be fishing the Allegheny River while I’m there. Who knows, maybe I’ll see you there too! Thanks for the heads up on a fishing spot.

    Jack


    1. Hahaha Jack you never know. I may just be there. I was there on Fathers Day 2017, but was not fishing. The water looked awesome. We put in on the Allegheny and floated to the Mon at Point State Park and on to the Ohio River, all  river systems looked awesome Thanks for the comment pal.


  2. Really could have used you a year ago when i used to visit PA often.

    although i was in the clark summit area I would have traveled 3 hours or more for a good fishing spot. Is there any offshore spots to fish this lake.

    I may have to just plan a weekend to check it out!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Shannon


    1. Hi Shannon and thanks for the comment. This is a very long river and traverses the entire length of Pa. north to south. With to many good places to fish to mention. Actually The Kinzua Dam is part of this waterway and straddles both Pa. and New York State. If you are ever in Pa. please contact me and maybe we can do some fishing.

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