While I've done other fishing what I do today is fish close to home from my 14 ft. flat bottom or a canoe. I spend most of my time on a local river for smallmouth. I fish some local lakes too but I prefer the river. I catch a lot of nice fish on the river and can generally get bit on most of the lakes around here but...I lost interest in being an anytime/anywhere angler.
These days I fish when it's pleasant to be outside fishing. That means nice warm and mostly dry weather. So, no crowds, bad weather or big boats pushing me around. Any of that and I'd rather just stay home.
I have some spots in easy wading distance from public access where I can catch nice brown bass by just walking into the river with one rod and a pocket full of hooks and plastics. Lots of fun and almost no work.
In regard to techniques, give me a jig or some flavor of soft plastic that I can use to probe the rocks and wood...even more fun if I can find an excuse to skip it. Crank baits work in my river but their expensive, everybody throws them and the pike steal them so I don't use them much anymore.
I know there's other places and techniques but I don't really care. LOL