Smallmouth bass fishing can definitely be hit or miss in the summer.  Smallmouth bass like to roam the open water during the summer, but they will move into shallower water to feed on bait fish and crayfish.  Some bass may be found suspended in open water that is 50 feet deep, which makes fishing for them incredibly difficult.  While these fish will roam the open water in search of schools of bait fish, anglers will typically target their feeding areas to consistently catch fish during the summer months.  You may need to fish several spots before you find a school, but once you find a school of them, you can catch several bass in a hurry.  Some of the spots to key on are steep drop-offs, offshore humps, reefs, points, and deep weed lines.  The hard bottom areas tend to always hold more smallmouth bass.