I would bet that the ice in front of your place is at least 6 inches thick. I think that this will be a good ice year in our bay, but will have to wait it out to see what the future holds for the rest of the lake!
I expect that you'll drill a hole or two to get some fishing in this weekend....
Darrell - thanks for the information. I also heard some scary news about premature ice fishing on Vermilion. A couple of guys fishing in Stuntz Bay on 2.5" of ice. Another couple fishing in narrows close to open water.
Weather doesn't look great for making ice, and the snow cover will slow it down. Will consider all information and use maximum safety IF I decide to try going out Wednesday. It is a long winter so there is no rush to get out.
JerkinLips, I normally don't post about hear say!! but I did hear from a reliable source that a couple of fishing people went through walking out from McKinley. For what that's worth, this was earlier this week.
Heard some people were out fishing at McKinley Park today. HotL Bay is still open, so now I think it will be about November 29 before Vermilion ices-over. I am hoping to make it out December 2. Looked back at previous forum reports and came up with the ice-over dates below: