The winter months aren’t terrible for spotted bass fishing because most of the better lakes, reservoirs and rivers are found in the southern part of the country.  For these fish, it’s going to be more like late fall fishing instead of winter ice fishing like you would see farther north.  These fish will feed through the winter, however, plan on fishing deeper offshore structure to consistently find fish.  Use your electronics to find the larger schools of bait fish and there should be some spotted bass close by too.  During warm fronts in the winter, try going into the shallows in the late afternoon and evening.  On some days if the weather is warm enough, it could warm some of the shallows up 5 or more degrees and the fishing can turn on in the shallows.  It may not be like the spring, but much better than ice fishing up north.