I hate when spawn hits and it just gets dry. The spawn has a much better chance if we get consistent rain/even flooding once spawn completes. I just wish they would eliminate take all together on streams. Few things in life have pumped me up more than the first 21 inch smallie I caught on topwater. It bothers me to know that the fishery could be 1000 times better if people would abstain from eating smallmouth. A lot of the smallmouth streams near me hold channel cats as well which are much better eating. Hell I catch rainbows all the time in another. Maybe that tradition of keeping smallies will die-off with the old headsExactly add in the fact that they get a good spawn off every 3-7 years it’s a wonder we have good stream smallmouth fishing at all.
As you stated there are much easier and better eating fish out there if anyone is looking for a meal.
Some old heads can’t resist a big string full of smallies for Instagram or the grease.