Yesterday Pathway and myself ventured up to Rifle Gap in hopes of hooking into some perch. When we arrived at 6am it was 4 degrees. But the wind was merciful as there was none. We went to the west end as we know that is the first area to have first ice. We drilled test holes as we went. Each one was 4" of ice with an inch of snow on top. The lake is over 45' down so some of our favorite spots are out of the water. We moved around, a lot, trying to find fish. We didn't mark many fish the whole day. The closer to the island we got, the thinner the ice. We stopped that venture when the ice was at a bit under 3". We did manage about 10 perch. Not a single slimmer was had so there was no belt to award for the day. A tip-up was used also but no flags. As we left we drove by the east end. I would say it is going to be a while before it is safe in that area. Some open water and lots of dark spots (no snow on top even though it had snowed the day before).