Temps are dropping in and out of the water, but in the Great Lakes, water temps are still in the 50’sF and that means Smallmouth Bass are still actively feeding.
Moving water Smallmouth bass in some of our biggest Great Lakes rivers are holding at the same depth as Walleye and even Steelhead & Trout (in rivers that have runs). The best “drifts” for these fish is structure/current breaks in 20-35′ water.
Kyle Grdosic had a chance to fish with his brother Conner and they fished live minnows, & artificials on a 3-way rig in the Niagara River and did well landing several nice Smallies. The Smallmouth bass fishing will continue to be good while water temperatuers are above 45F. Once temps get colder Smallies will move deeper and become more lathargic.