The local lake was frozen over, but the creek that spills off it wasn't. The stocked trout make somehow get to the stream through the spillway (although in VERY small numbers), and I managed to get one on a Green Weenie. The poor rainbow looked like he could use a meal, although he did struggle enough to put a bend in the rod. The lake's water level was ridiculously low this summer, and I assumed that they would skip stocking it this fall. The rain in October brought the water levels up quickly enough (the water was 40 feet from the banks in August!!!), but the stagnation has left the water very murky, and the rocks all have a brown algae type of growth.
Pretty sad stuff..... After catching the rainbow, I managed to get a few nice crappy, and now I'm happy again.
Yvonne and I will probably hit the Little Lehigh Creek this weekend. It's a limestoner, and freezing over shouldn't be an issue at all.