I think there some resident smallmouth in the bay that live there year around BUT the vast majority of them come in the bay when the water starts warming up around 45 degrees. They come into the bay to spawn because its protected from the main lakes harsh wind, rough water and unstable conditions. It also warms up much quicker than the main lake and this draws them into the bay. They start to migrate back out of the bay after the spawn is over.
I have an underwater camera that I use occasionally too when I see neat things on my graph. It's a great tool for up there since the water is so gin clear.
Tubes and Jerkbaits are very good baits for Presque Isle bay.
Thanks for the help last week! Spent Sat. and Sunday morning on Presque Isle. Didn't see you, but I stayed up toward the shipping channel. Caught some smallies in 20-30 of water on a vib-e. Lost it when a steelhead broke me off!
Move into 10-14 feet of water and caught largemouth and smallmouth on crankbaits.
My buddy even caught a large unknown fish in the lagoons. Some locals told us it was a bowfin.
The wind was ripping this morning. Caught a bunch of largemouth in horseshoe on topwater, before the wind drove us off.
First time for catching lots of smallmouth in the bay.Fishing deeper was the answer.