I have only really fished smallies in one place, the Housatonic River in the ffo area in Cornwall CT. During the summer, when the water gets into the 70's, the smallies look up and are a blast on top water stuff. I've been there in June and fished two flies and caught two trout, two smallmouth, and a mixed double a trout and a smallie.... It gets pretty wild trying to land two fish on a five weight. Great memories though..
Have you ever fished the CT River in MA or CT for smallies? It's supposed to be pretty good. I been told some great fish stories about these areas.