While a lot of people put the rods and fishing gear away and/or winterize the boat for the season and grab the hunting gear. I'm usually back asswards. I've always hit the waters pretty much all year around. My idea of winterizing the boat amounts to making sure my little heater works, have plenty of stabil for the gas tank and have the boat covered, so when it snows or gets icy, the boat isn't full of it. As long as the ramps aren't too icy, I'll be hitting the rivers. That winter bite for channels and blues can be a blast. Those catfish do 2 things very well, they eat and they breed. Catfish are pretty darn smart, probably smarter then most fish, they have those senses to find the food source in the winter, even if it is a piece of bait on the end of my hook. The bite changes a bit from when it's warmer, but those catfish don't stop feeding. You drift a piece of bait in front of them in the winter and they'll jump on it. You can even find a couple flatheads in the warm water discharges like I did last January. You might have to change up your tactics and adjust a few things but finding the fish isn't that hard. I've had some pretty good fishing in the winter in the past. Nothing like having the whole river to yourself, No jetskiers, no recreational ding-a-lings. Maybe hitting up a warm water discharge, or drifting 8 or 10 miles of river in a day. The peacefulness and solitude and relaxation of hitting the waters in the winter is hard for me to beat. The snot might be running out of my nose, feet and hands a little chilly, but when that rod goes down, thats the last thing on my mind. Not really different then when your sitting in a treestand and freezing and that buck walks up and you get that rush. I might be the oddball, and a couple fruitloops short of a bowl of cereal, but the catfishing season for me doesn't stop when the temperature gets below 50 degrees. I'm sure this winter will be no different, I'll be out there just as much as I can be. As long as I can get around and my health is good I'll still be out there on the rivers watching those rod tips and enjoying what the rivers have to offer. Sitting on the water in the winter is still better then sitting at home thinking about fishing, in my book.