I crossed over to the dark side of smallies about 15 years ago. Mostly chase pannies in winter but used to chase eyes a few times on the hard water each season. I could post a ton of pics if you need more proof.
I was up over the weekend and my shoreline was getting pretty sketchy. Had a pocket of open water down the shore about a 100 yards. Where I could see the bottom in two to three feet of water. Walked out about a hundred yards and popped four holes Saturday afternoon. There was 17- 18.5"s of ice in those four holes. Looking at the forecast I can't see the ice sticking around too much longer. The holes I popped had 5-6" of pretty mushy cloudy stuff on top and about 12"s of pretty solid stuff underneath it.