I actually enjoy fishing in late fall and winter. Yes, it's cold, but there are so many bonuses to going fishing at this time. For one, the crowds are gone and you pretty much own the spots. There are no more boats, canoes and kayaks to contend with. The pests like turltes, bluegills and horned pout are all dormant. When the rod bounces you know it's a carp. And, it's peaceful and serene sitting outside on the bank tending your rods on a late fall day.