RE: Tionesta - River
Why do we need a 'report'? To add another 4-5 boats to an already over crowded and over fished stretch of river?
It's not rocket science . . . take a look off of the bridge on your way into town. The places you see boats up and down the river are the places the Walleye hold. If they're hitting what you've got, you'll get them. If they're not, you won't. They may or may not be biting on a given day like anyplace else. Unlike French Ck. where certain holding spots almost ALWAYS hold fish, the Allegheny in the winter can be tricky. It's a big, deep river there . . . as deep as 27 feet in a couple of spots (very deep for the upper Allegheny) . . . and on any given day they could be from 4 ft of water to 20 ft. Conditions dictate what they're eating . . . could be hitting jig n' twister, bucktail and minnow/scent, or a good old fashioned minnow on a hook.
Weather/Barometric pressure seem to be biggest triggers, although until recently we could always catch a couple each, even on a bad day, when the water was any shade less than choc milk brown. When water's on the way up or down, or too brown, they get lockjaw and you literally need to bounce it off of their nose to raise them. If you like winter Walleye fishing, then get off your PC, and instead of READING ABOUT OTHERS FISHING . . .actually hit the water:-)
"Blue Dots" are a riffle runner type minnow found in the Allegheny, best collected by 'fishing' for them in riffles with maggots and SMALL hooks. Takes skill and patience to get your 50 in the bucket, but if you have a good cold water source in which to store them, worth it during the summer months. They seem to disappear during the cold months (November-Late April) for watever reason.
Having said all of that, you don't need them for winter Walleye fishing. I'll take a nice, hardy 3-4" creek chub over them at this time of year. Even the 'shad' type shiner or suckers sold at the local bait shops will work when the Eye's are biting.
AND FINALLY . . . enjoy your time on the water and preserve the fishery. Take only what you KNOW YOU'LL EAT and release the others to fight another day. Earn your bragging rights with a camera so they live to fight again and most importantly, reproduce.