We took a few hours today to fish the Upper Niagara River, ON for smallmouth bass. It has been some time since we had a chance to fish with our daughter Patricia so we decided to head out of For Erie, ON around 3pm and fish until 6pm. We were drifting less than 2 min., when Patricia hooked the first chunky smallmouth bass.
We all fished the Rapala Shift outfits loaded with Sufix 832, 20 lb. test braid and Sufix Fluorocarbon Leaders with 1/2 oz. tube jigheads and TriggerX Tubes. Our presentation was simple, just drift with the current using our Minn Kota Terrova electric along the 18-25′ structure breaks we could see on our Humminbird fishfinder.
The fishing action was steady and it was not long before my wife Barbara hooked her first fish. There was little vegetation drifting down the river which made for long drifts without having to clean algae off our jigs.