being from Ohio we will use different scents on artificial lures to attractant fish. I come up and fish lake Michigan on occasion visiting relatives and I fish from bank, pier, and cast for salmon. This is during summer. Been doing this for close to forty years now. Have never heard of anyone using anything on crank baits or spoons and was wondering if anybody does actually use anything. I'll be coming up again in August this year and any little thing I can do to improve my chances of hooking up i'd like to try.
I've used anis gel on spoons of the break walls. Personally I think color, size, and retrieve have more to do with catching. But had 1 day a buddy came down no one had a fish all morning he put some on a spoon and limited I used some that day and got 3. I've tried it a few times after and didn't see much of a difference. I do know you need to scrub the spoons off with toothpaste otherwise it smells sour.
I use scents frequently. Smelly Jelly and baitmate, and garlic tuna in brads. Artificial baits don't go over the side of my boat without scent usually.