Smallies in Central NY
First post here in a while. I recently got a job in Cortland NY and will be moving there in late May/ early June. I've been there plenty of time but I have a few questions. First off, I am NOT asking for any spots or anything like that I just want a nudge in the right direction. I love exploring new places to fish but I need somewhere to start. Below are a few simple questions I'm hoping someone can help me with.
-Within 45 minutes to an hour from Cortland what is the best smallmouth river/stream fishery for smallies in the 3-4 pound range and a chance at one in the 5's?
-Excluding the finger lakes, what pond/lake within 45 minutes to an hour from Cortland has the best chances for a big (throphy) smallmouth?
-Lastly, I'm looking into a small boat. For the area which would be best, kayak, small canoe with a trolling motor, or a pond prowler type boat with a trolling motor?
I am a smallmouth addict and I know I'll be in the heart of some big smallmouth territory but I need something to go off of to start. Also I will be hitting up the finger lakes, but that will most likely be a rare occurance since I will have a pretty small boat.