In recent weeks i’ve moved from pre-spawn Largemouth fishing to spawning Smallmouth Bass. In western PA, that means one place… Lake Erie (the Smallmouth Capital of the World)!! As you all know, May is a great month to take advantage of the great Smallmouth fishing that Lake Erie has to offer. In May, the Smallies head into the shallow bays to spawn. This time of year you can have a blast in shallow water sight fishing for these pigs! Although you can see the smallmouth in the shallows, it takes a good presentation to capitalize on these fish. Light line, and a stealth presentation is very important in the super clear water. I prefer the sunny days where you can see the fish and cast to them, but cloudy days can produce also by covering water. Most people throw soft plastics of various types and days of 100+ Smallmouth are not uncommon with the right presentation. Lake Erie produces world class size Smallmouth and days of multiple 4 pounders are quite common… 5 and 6 pound Smallies are also common and make the trip worth while. In my last two trips in may i’ve landed many 4 lb fish although the 5 lb’er eluded me, it’s always a blast to fish Erie in May!