I normally would not tout another authors' blog but Mr. Mike Cork provides a fine article on fishing through the winter months for bass.

http://www.fix.com/blog/winter-fishing-tips/

I viewed it as a refresher course but it would also fit for someone new that's just getting into the sport. Winter is the most harsh season for many reasons and Mr. Cork, bass fishing writer, and a current member of B.A.S.S., American Bass Anglers, and Bass Life Associates outlines the importance of winter weather gear and safety. Stay safe and warm and as he puts it, "With some planning and mindfulness of the conditions, you can have some of your most successful fishing adventures during winter months."

BTW - it is a link in this article that turned me on to the links about places in Indiana to fish that I posted on the O-F Forum yesterday. ... was wanting to make sure credit was given where credit is due