Forget the ice you see rimming the edge of your favorite trout stream, the fishing season is actually here. For most folks, it seems strange to be thinking of fishing when the ground is covered with snow. But diehard anglers don't always think like most folks.
West Virginia began its stocking season in January, and the bi-annual and weekly waters were to receive one stocking. Several angler friends report they enjoyed some pretty good days in January - even with the very cold weather we've had so far this winter.
Trout fishing during the winter months presents special challenges. The cold waters and air temperatures are obvious, and you can also expect the fish to be in slow motion. But the veteran trout anglers will tell you that the trout do feed, and if you adjust your approach to the conditions, you can enjoy some good days.
A key element in the late winter and early spring is to get the bait down to the fish. In most cases, the trout will be holding in the deeper pools. It's also true that the fish will not move far to take bait. Slow and deep are key words to keep in mind when the water temperatures are at wintertime lows.