The cold weather/water has definitely had an impact on fish activity and location. All of my normal smallie spots were nearly void of life. In a one mile stretch that has produced big numbers, I only pulled one dink. The water on that stretch is all a bit faster with random pockets and holes. Water clarity is stellar.
By the time I got to the end of that first stretch, I had a theory that they would be in slower water so I hiked back up stream to a few shallow stretches I know about with a pretty slow and steady current. I found 5 more fish - 2 smallies and 3 large mouth. The biggest smallie was only 12" and the large mouth were about the same.
Minnow patterns were the best bet but color preference had definitely changed. A month ago, bright was the way to go. This time around, they wanted something that matched the rest of the landscape...slightly drab.