@ Anon16872- I live in Vermont and I do a lot of small mouth bass fishing in the reservoirs in the state. I usually use a canoe, but that is only because it is easier than hiking to the good shore spots. I still do most of my fishing close to the shore or in shallow water. I only fish deep when the water temperature is high.
Anyway, I like to use brown crawfish lures for small mouth when I am in shallow water. Areas with short underwater grass beds attract bass looking for these little crustaceans. It is also the larger fish that eat the crawfish, so they attend to land bigger catches.
In tall grass, I like to use rubber frog lures, gently pulling them across the top of the water mimicking the movement of the frogs. This will also catch pickerel though so use a stainless steel leader.