I usually just target smallmouth, but it is amazing just how many species you can catch in a river system. I have the same experience catching trout when looking for smallmouth. trout will hit just about anything a smallmouth will. caught a brookie last week on a shakey head with a keitech swing impact attached.
Sucks you can't use herring anymore. I remember fishing Trenton area an if you had time to light a cigarette and finish it before a striper snatched up your herring it was a slow night lol And you sometimes got a surprise channel catfish in the 15+lb range to go along with it.