The cold weather much of our country has been experiencing lately has moved most of the smallies out of the shallows and off the bottom. They’re starting to suspend which is what they’ll be doing for the rest of the winter. There are a lot of theories about why they do this. My best guess it that they’re chasing the baitfish. When the water starts to get cold the baitfish tend to ball-up into tight schools and head out into open water. The smallies follow.