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Any reports on were the smallies are biting? What's the best lures? Thanks for any info! Brining the wife and kids there this weekend to try this huge lake. Good luck to everyone

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The north end but also the south side on the rocks. I jigs and twister tails, tube jigs, but a leech under a float is hard to beat. You can catch them on just about anything it depends on what you have confidence in. I love watching a float disappear, so for me that is my favorite. Top water can be exciting as well. 

Play the wind if the wind is from the north fish the north side if it from the south fish the south side. This will help you from being beat up so bad. Lots of times you can almost sight fish the smallies. Have fun with your family.

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The smallmouth are not in the shallows anymore.  I went about 10 days ago and they were post spawn already, very skinny, and moving towards deeper water.  Plus the bugs were just starting to hatch too.  They can be very tough to catch once they move into deeper water.  They're like roaming schools of nomads chasing the food.  Its like trying to find a moving target sometimes.  The pressure has really gotten to these fish too.  The times I went this season so far, I saw anywhere between 25-40 bass boats out there.  Recent rain has made the water murkier then normal so you might be able to catch a few on something like a topwater.

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