Warm-water smallmouths have a reputation of being exclusively deep water fish, especially in natural lakes, and especially starting around this time of the year when spring cool gives way to summer heat. But it’s exactly that wide spread belief that plays to the seasoned smallmouth angler’s advantage. The smart guys know the value of continuing to look shallow when others hunt deep. Quite honestly, a good percentage of shallow-water smallmouth get left alone in summer, either because people don’t know what to look for in the shallows, or they feel it’s just too much work to catch what they assume will only be a few fish in those areas. If you’ve ever fished vast natural bodies of water like the Great Lakes, there is relentless talk about dragging tubes and dropshots for deep smallies. Tell you the truth, dragging bores me to tears. Sure, it can be rewarding, effective, and fun if the action is fast and furious, but go drag a tube for five hours straight without a bite and then come talk to me. And you’ll find me shallow. Here’s the strategy.