Our good friends Pat Pagano and Mike Atkins had a chance to fish some of their favorite areas on Lake St. Clair and did really well using tubes.
They fished 14′ of water working the tubes right along the bottom. Water conditions were good with light winds which made it easy for them to fish light/dark colored areas on the bottom.
That “mottled” bottom means a mix of rocks and weeds which summer smallmouth spend a lot of time checking out for their favorite food.
The slower you work a plastic tube and the more you “drag” it along the bottom, the better your results will be when targeting trophy smallies looking to feed in these areas.