Start looking for deep rock piles. You will need to do a lot of motoring around watching your depth finder looking for rockpiles with fish marks on them. Use a troll motor or anchor up wind and fish them from there. Reports I am seeing are 20' is a good starting point then go deeper. If it were me I would start around Kelly's or go over east of Lorain to Avon point. I also know the bite is going further east as well. Hope this helps, good luck and be safe.
AFTER the BASS Northern Open-Sandusky-in 2 weeks I will post in full detail information gleamed from practice and tourney (fishing as co-angler) for OGF members. I'm hoping there will be some great info. for smallmouth fans if the weather cooperates. Until then, I'm sure info. will be harder to come by.