Len, the season here in pa opens in April. The water is bitter cold. So cold that after standing in it for an hour, you need to check your legs before you try to walk out or you'll fall over. Your mind will move but your legs won't. I can't imagine an opener in January. This past year the Lehigh river was frozen solid still.......on March 25th. At least I have you to watch trout fish, while I sit home in the warm house.