90 percent of my streams I fish were iced over.
I did out the vehicle window scouting.
I looked at a stream with a giant spring I could see from the road. There was steam coming up directly where the spring welled up. No ice in this short stretch.
80 yards downstream the open water disappeared just downstream of this hole. I could see small trout in this hole from the road. I thought maybe something big downstream might move up to winter near the spring. Might was not good enough for me. I am in the recliner all weekend.