I had a chance to fish with my friends Bob Culig, Nick Turkovich and Davve Brettell yesterday below Niagara Falls for smallmouth bass. As many of you know, last week I was out with a few Fishergirls and we drifted the Upper Niagara River at For Erie and did well for smallmouth bass, but I was curious as to how the bass were doing below the Falls. We got there around 8am, scaled down the Gorge, and withing 10 min., Bob had the first smallmouth bass on. In-fact, he caught the first two before the rest of us started hooking fish. When we had arrived the water was about 10′ below the normal level, and immediately it started to rise. We actually had better fishing after the flow increased. We caught all of our bass drifting 1/4 & 3/8 oz. jigs/4″ tubes along the bottom. For the most part the smallmouth bass were hitting lightly and we missed as many fish as we caught. If you love to fish from shore and to catch feisty smallmouth bass, the Niagara River is the place to go. The Whirlpool is the best place to catch them right now, and you also have a really good chance to hook a musky there too!