We are in that time of year when it will be sunny and 50 degrees one day and snowing with the temperature dropping into the teens the next day. Weather like this makes it hard to plan any type of fishing trip.
You have to be very careful and safe when outdoors in the winter, as cold water and air temperatures are nothing to play around with. Things can get really scary and really bad really quick. Always be ready for the worst and be as careful as you can around cold water. Just a few minutes’ exposure in cold water can be life threating.
Hypothermia and frostbite can be life threating, so always watch for ice on docks and boats when walking. Always dress warmly and try to cover all exposed skin if possible. Wear several layers of clothes instead of one heavy coat. A hat or toboggan on your head will help hold body heat in. Your fingers and toes and ears and nose will get cold first so try to keep them covered. Breathing in very cold air is bad, so try to cover your mouth as much as possible. Try to stay warm as much as you can in a car or building during the day, and drink a lot of fluids to prevent dehydration.
If you do go out fishing, just be very safe and remember that spring will be here soon.