Almost all lakes are ice covered but alot are not safe enough for ice fishing so I think open water is out. You can fish the Desplaines river (check posts) also the warm water discharge at Busse (check the tournasment forum for directions this would be the best if you want to wet a line. As far as fishing the fish are slower in cold water so you have to slow down your retreive to match them they wont chase to far,and then again sometimes fast retreive has worked for me. You'll get fish at the discharge some little some big,make sure you have a good pair of poloraized sun glasses you'll be site fishing at the discharge,. Hope this helps keep cabin fever away.