i have been fishing up there for maybe 16 years. ithe first 6-7 i fished it like a normal weedy bass lake. casting to the shores over rocks (hard to find weeds) with spinner baits and crankbaits, etc. and would barely catch 5 smallmouth in a 2 hour trip. the water is too clear to fish from shore, + there are big boats that make huge wakes wich i think disturb the fish or at least annoy them in shallow water. then i got a tip to fish basically in the middle of the lake and started killing them. i think i easly catch 20 times the amount of fish now.
you will do 10-20x better from a boat. the water there is so clear that the fish like deeper water compared to the same species in other lakes. i would highly recommend renting a canoe or kayak for a day and you will get bored catching smalleys. carolina rig 6" zoom water melon on a 2/0 gamakastu with 1/4oz weights in 20-30 feet of water, preferably on a hump or near some structure. i dont think it is a coincidence, but 20-30 feet is just about the limit of depth that you can see the bottom at in that lake. cast it out, let it get to the bottom, then creep it along and you will slay the bass. preferably creep the bait up the slope, but i dont think it matters that much, as long as your lure is in the right depth range. last time i was up there i even caught a 6 pound largemouth that way. obv you wont have a depthfinder, so find your humps by fishing the north or south ends of islands in 20-30 feet of water, it should be a good enough hump. i wouldnt be supprised if you catch 25-30 fish in an hour, over half keeper sized. i have had problems with the smaller bass inhaling the hook into their gut. i used to just cut the hook off and hope they survive. i found a better way. if you go in with your pliers through the gill cover, under the rear gill, you can get a great angle of the dangle to get a hook out that you can only see the last half inch of. only takes a second and im sure it does less harm to the fish than leaving the hook in.
they had a bass tourny up there once, when i wasnt fishing(doing some stone wall work) and there were some big names in it. at the hotel i was staying at in ticonderoga i walked up and asked a few dudes standing around a 60k bass boat how they were doing. they said that they had caught 8 fish all day. mainly fishing the shore. i kinda chuckled (i bet i looked cocky...i was 20 at the time and all grimy from hardscaping all day) and then told them the above method. they were like 'yeah maybe we'll try it' kinda like they didn't believe me. well the next day i asked how they did. 50+ fish and 20ish keepers.
have fun up there.