One tip in locating Springtime smallmouth
bass on Lake Erie is water temperature. When the ice comes
off the lake look for areas that warm up first. Creek mouths
are one of the areas to look at. Creeks empty warm water into the
lakes. The warm water brings nutrients flowing into the lake that
attract bait fish. Creek mouth areas usually have a collection
of rock, gravel and sand that is ideal smallmouth structure.
Look for these areas with the use of your
electronics and a Aqua
View underwater camera. Put warmer water, bait, and structure
together and you have a key location for Lake Erie springtime smallmouth.
Some of the creeks to look for, in the eastern
basin are Canadaway Creek, Cattaraugus Creek, Eighteenmile Creek
and Smokes Creek and there are numerous smaller ones that flow in
to Lake Erie