Every year about this time, I start to shift my focus from deep water to shallow water.
Take time to protect your soft plastics from getting twisted or corrupted.
Although the smallmouth don’t grow quite as big as Champ is purported to be (20 feet long, thick as a barrel with the head of a horse), the fish are certainly easier to find and catch.
Perhaps one of the most serene and remote places where both smallmouth and largemouth lurk in the state, you are as likely to stumble upon a moose here as another angler.
Some call this area of the St. Lawrence River the most beautiful place on the planet.
There is nearly 80 square miles of water to angle here, and fishermen get to choose from both smallmouth and largemouth.
For anglers who prefer largemouth, target the shallow, weedy sections of Cayuga, Otisco and Consensus lakes.
Local anglers ply these waters for the world-class muskie fishing found here.
Anglers can catch bronzebacks from the rock jetties just outside the marina harbors to 40 miles out in Lake Erie.
Of the 22.5 million people who visit Niagara Falls each year, almost none will take the time to look beyond the water crashing at its rocky base to see the monumental smallmouth fishery that exists there.