Re: When it Rains ???
Don't have much experience with smallies in high water but on my favorite spring creek for trout it's the best time to go after the big boys. The biggest browns on that creek are largely nocturnal and the high muddy water will bring them out during the day after the sculpins and other bait fish being washed around. I tie on a big ugly streamer and start chuckin'. It even occasionally works...I hooked the biggest trout of my life a few weeks back when we had a good rain. I say hooked because I didn't land him, but it was a fun 10 seconds.
I would try the same tactics with smallies. Tie on the biggest, ugliest streamer you have and have fun.