The best winter spot I have ever found was in a trough of twenty feet deep water adjacent to the sheer side of a bar rising up eight feet. In fact all the winter captures I made on the lake were from the deepest areas of between eighteen and twenty two feet that had shallower water nearby and this is the sort of spot I’d be looking at on in a venue with great variations in depth. Troughs between bars, deep water to the side of plateaux, that type of thing. On a water that is more flat bottomed I’d expect the carp to be frequenting snags, reeds, the remnants of weedbeds, undercuts or anywhere that offers security and some form of shelter.
Now, although I’ve just detailed where I think I’d find carp I try not to have any preconceived ideas as to their location, even on places I know well. It’s all well and good having knowledge of prior form or an expectation of where they might be but carp can be contrary creatures and weather conditions, environmental changes, pressure, availability of food, stock levels and many other influences can alter things. I’ve caught winter carp in two feet of water and I’ve caught them in 22 feet. I’ve had captures from open water and in the edge. Bites have come from on the end of a freezing cold easterly and on the back of a warm south-westerly. In short, they will be where they want to be, which isn’t necessarily where we’d expect them to be.