The ice is pretty slick right now with an inch plus of rain and freeze. What Mahtfire said on the other thread. Better have ice cleats.
I am seeing 18 inches of ice on most lakes, but agree that 8 inches (maybe 10 tops) is solid “clear” ice. The rest is a mix of melted snow and frozen rain “white” ice.
We tried to get to a remove private small lake we have permission to fish. We got in, but the truck started sliding in park – pivoting on the one tire on soil. We called it, the hike in (not far, but…) would have been treacherous and got out. Fish will be there soft water time.
Drove by a couple East Metro lakes … I would say nearly everyone has indeed already packed it in. A very, very popular spot had one ice hub house out there and a random guy 4 wheeling around. Normal Sunday with drivable ice – let’s just say A LOT … dozen plus groups easy.
Right now … Crazy … (unpredictable) ice conditions, many anglers will not fish if they cannot drive – which you can if you are observant, February lull for those who adhere to fish only the same place they were before … plenty of excuses.
This winter ice season was pretty brutal on the mind and body … deep snow, unbelievable slush, now slick ice, etc… Had some really good trips through. Kept enough crappie, walleye, and perch for some good meals. Even some nice sunnies. Released plenty more – most actually.
I guess I am probably done also except for an annual March trip.