Winter fishing is in full swing with stripers, crappie, and speckled trout being the primary targets in the rivers and creeks. Currently, the water temperatures are in the high 40's which can make the fish a little lethargic. Some patients has to be exhibited during the hook-set. When you feel that first bump, don't immediately set the hook. Give the fish time to get the entire bait into its mouth. If you try to set the hook and miss, next time wait a few seconds longer before the hook-set. On a recent trip, we missed the first three fish until we figured out the timing. Also, fish shorter plastics. I use a lot of 2.5"-3" plastic in these temperatures. Throughout February and into March, if you see a warmer day forecasted, take advantage of it. The warmer day will slightly raise the water temperature and a few degrees rise will sometime trigger the bite. Also, remember that the sun rises in the east so that west bank will warm sooner than the east bank. And the deeper water doesn't react to an ambient temperature change as quickly as shallow water. That's enough info. Just go fishing and have some fun.