I circled the lake the other day (Tuesday) on the sled. Two trucks were driving out at Vinni as I passed by.
There were a few small shoreline areas with runoff where ice was bad. In one (N end) spot I swung close to shore to avoid a guy plowing a track. Almost TOO close. Had I stopped the sled instead of goosin' the throttle I'm sure I would'a been pullin' it out of the muck.
The main hazard on the lake - at least for a guy on a sled - is all the plow furrows. Keep your eyes open if you're gonna rip along at WOT. As of Tuesday there's more than enough ice for any vehicle. - just watch for those shoreline spots that are never thick and get bad first every year.
Tuesday afternoon there were fishermen in only one area. Ain't my place to say where other people are fishin'(cough) but I will say that spots on the river with old holes were the same spots where boats congregate in late fall....The commercial netters had a couple trucks out on the ice by the VFW.
I ran up the Rock a couple miles north of the freeway,the Crawfish up past Milford and the Bark to Princes Point SWA - about 120 miles all told,round trip....In most areas there's a LOT of ice. There's open water along shore in a few small areas where either culverts or springs emerge...Wouldn't want to stop the sled under the bridge at Milford neither...and I didn't get close to shore or run downriver past Lakeview - I saw a flock of a couple dozen geese coming down with wings set for landing near Newville and figured I didn't want to get wet
Never found a wet spot on the Bark: That was a nice ride - I think I rode about 12 miles each way and I could have gone farther up without breaking fresh snow. Ice was clear under the River Rd bridge. Lotta ice there.
Lots of ice everywhere...I didn't come home and immediately plug my boat's battery chargers in and in some years the carpet already smells like walleye by this time. Not THIS year.