During the holidays, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states were treated to some pretty pleasant winter temperatures. Looking ahead at the long-term forecast now that the ball has dropped, it appears true winter is on its way back. For anglers that live close to power plant lakes, otherwise known as “hot hole lakes,” freezing temps aren’t quite as intimidating. In fact, there’s nothing I enjoy more than throwing a buzz bait on a hot water bank during a frigid morning and actually getting blow-ups. That precious influx of warm water often keeps bass acting like it’s summer. At the same time, it’s not summer, and these hot water bass can be rather unpredictable. Many anglers assume that the hot hole will be on fire, so to speak, all the time, but it’s just not the case. That's why you have to be rigged and ready to tackle the cold parts of a hot hole lake.