The Allegheny River (/ˌæləˈɡeɪni/ AL-ə-GAE-nee) is a 325-mile-long (523 km) headwater stream of the Ohio River in western Pennsylvania and New York. The Allegheny River runs from its headwaters just below the middle of Pennsylvania's northern border northwesterly into New York then in a zigzag southwesterly across the border and through Western Pennsylvania to join the Monongahela River at the Forks of the Ohio at Point State Park in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Allegheny River is, by volume, the main headstream of both the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Historically, the Allegheny was considered to be the upper Ohio River by both Native Americans and European settlers.
The shallow river has been made navigable upstream from Pittsburgh to East Brady by a series of locks and dams constructed in the early 20th century. A 24-mile-long portion of the upper river in Warren and McKean counties of Pennsylvania and Cattaraugus County in New York is the Allegheny Reservoir, created by the erection of the Kinzua Dam in 1965 for flood control.
The name of the river comes from one of a number of Delaware/Unami phrases which are homophones of the English name, with varying translations.
The Allegheny offers 120 miles of free-flowing river running through Allegheny National Forest and is Western Pennsylvania's premier destination for river smallmouth bass fishing.
If you like wading rivers, this one makes it a challenge to find and catch these big western PA smallmouth. With plenty of spots to fish along this stretch you'll be able to find out where these fish like to hide during the different seasons of the year. This river is surprisingly wader-friendly and you'll enjoy fishing the valley that this river flows through in which you can find smallmouth in most areas. It also offers plenty of bank fishing opportunities.
This location is anywhere from 1.5 hour to 2 hours north of the City of Pittsburgh. Although we'll be focusing on techniques for fishing for smallmouth, there's always a chance to catch the many other species,like carp, largemouth bass, catfish, musky, pike, and walleye. If you are looking for adventure, want to view wildlife, and learn the best techniques for wading and fishing rivers, this trip is for you.