I usually take my yak out on the few calm days after a front comes through. As long as it's calm enough where too much water won't get in I will go out and do a bit of fishing. Now as for catching, that is a different story. I usually pursue trout in the canals during winter, but after years of doing so, I have never even had a bite. I also go after sheepies around structure, but I never have any luck with them either, except when they first start showing up when it gets cold and when they begin spawning in the spring. So, during the winter, it's more about me just getting out and about rather than catching something.