I have a limited experience with smallies. Caught some in Canyon Lake back in college. Tried for some in the Devils. Saw some nice ones being pulled out there.
I think it's hard call to say which bass is more beautiful: a smallie or guad, but the easy answer IMO is the hybrid of the two. SmallmouthxGuad hybrid. Let's talk about them too.
So I pose a couple questions:
1. Where in the state do you catch smallmouth? In Central Texas rivers I know of the Upper/Middle Brazos, Guadalupe above Canyon, San Marcos, Blanco. San Gabriel above Georgetown??? I know lakes you have Georgetown, Canyon, and Stillhouse Hollow. According to TPWD there are hybrids in the Colorado--have heard of them being caught in lady bird lake.
Statewide the Devils may be the best of river smallmouth fisheries. I have heard the Pecos has some good ones too.
There are other lakes that have them as well. Anybody target lake smallmouth as well?
2. Where in the water column/river do they live?
3. What lures and tactics?? Live bait??
I have some Case plastics (mad toms, hellgrammites, super tubes and grubs) along with Mepps Black Fury #3 and #5 for my arsenal.
4. Are there better times a year than others?
A good resource (and one tightly ran forum) is
I know YaknYota has some mega smallie wisdom . Kelly Watson was the master on the Blanco. Moder didn't you catch some smallies and hybrids on the San Marcos?