This is a good time to scout holes and structure on the rivers....that is of course if you still have open water. I took the boat out on the Des Moines river this last thursday 12/20 just southeast of Des Moines and did a little bit of scouting around. The water clarity this time of year in unbelievable. You can see a good 4 to 6 feet down if the reflection of the sun doesn't get in your way. Its really interesting to see how much structure there actually is. Plus it is always nice to find a few new areas that you never thought to fish before.