That settles it...I haven't caught a smallie in 20 plus years since I left Ohio and moved to Colorado. Now, Montana is starting to have some pretty good smallie fishing....and this post is motivating me to go get one!! I know those things fight well.
They are bucket biology. Last year someone caught a 7.5 lb one out of Flathead lake. Many smaller lakes around the Hwy 2 area now have them. So, invasive species. I am going to do my part to capture them for pictures!! They were stocked in some lakes but they have been moved around extensively.