I have been out a bit for smallmouth bass on both Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The fishing has been mostly good with a couple of tough days. I have found the smallmouth along shoreline structure on Lake Ontario in depths of 10- to 20-feet. Since Lake Ontario smallmouth feed heavily on emerald shiners, Terminator Titamium spinnerbaits have been on fire! The hard aggressive hit on these spinnerbaits is incredible, and I can never get enough. They also fight hard and put on a terrific acrobatic show! One day I got back to the launch and had a large snake sunning itself on the dock. Pretty neat looking snake, and it was big!
Lake Erie was good on offshore reefs in 15- to 30-feet of water, surrounded by 40- to 50-feet. They are hitting drop shot rigs well with a TriggerX Probe worm.
I took my 4 year old son out to Lake Erie as well as Lake Ontario for smallies, and he is completely hooked on smallmouth bass now! He even caught a monster smallie and played a game he likes to call “peekaboo bass” hiding his face behind the fish and peeking out for a photo LOL He has started doing this with all his bass now.
I used the Rapala Shift rod and Volt baitcasting reel for spinnerbaits, spooled up with 30lb Sufix 832 braided line. A Sufix fluorocarobon leader in 12lb test to the spinnerbait helps to get more bites in the clear water of the Great Lakes. A Rapala Concept rod and RType spinning reel worked great for drop shotting. I have 6lb Sufix Seige spooled up with a 4-foot 6lb Sufix fluorocarbon leader for drop shots. A Gamakatsu drop shot hook size 1 is perfect for hooking and keeping smallies on the line to the boat. Standard drop shot weights did the trick to get to the bottom where the smallies were hitting. I like to jiggle the drop shot 4″ Probe worm
and let it flutter to the bottom to get hits. It is a deadly technique!