I just wrapped up a 3 day Smallmouth Bass adventure with Bill from Alabama and Bruce from Texas. What a trip! From the comfort of a drift boat, we floated 27 miles of a beautiful northern Wisconsin river and only saw two other boats out fishing over the entire 3 days. We fished 8-12 lb. braided line on medium spinning rods with soft plastics. On Monday the water temp was well over 80 degrees, so we strictly bass fished with the temps being well past the ethical boundary to fish Musky. And why bother, the bass are on fire... I had along a DNR fish counter to keep track of our catches - 159 total bass - 11 @ 17-20", 27 @ 14-17", 32 @ 11-14", and 89 dinks. We got one bonus 17" walleye (only fish kept, all else released). We had 5 encounters with musky including 2 bite off's, one SMB DESTROYED by a toothy critter, and 2 following bass back to the boat. There is some time left to fish the great Smallmouth bite going on right now, but it will be fall Musky fishing before you know it... Cheers, JS