Do creek/river smallmouth prefer one type of minnow more than the rest? It seems like they go crazy for stone rollers, daces and other more obscure, uniquely patterned brown colored fish more than shiners or bass minnows
Is how productive a bait is 100% tied to what the fish are feeding on/what is in the river or is it based on rarity/exotic appearance? I know smallmouth are sight feeding ambush predators but I’m not sure what exactly determines what type of fish they prefer to eat.
I have noticed that brown minnows, particularly stone rollers and daces seem to produce really well.