Hey Domenic! Long time buddy... It would have been easy during the spawn when fly-only C&R is in effect but now that August is here it's dawn, dusk top water or deep sinking lines in structure during the day with leeches, crayfish, clousers, etc.
I used to summer up there a lot as a youngster and anywhere you find a river or exchange of flow the summertime fishing is easier for smallies.
How far are you from Stonedam Island by boat?