Last year was the first time that I remember seeing any plowed roads out of the west end. I agree about chains making a huge difference on ATVs, but not if the snow is deep. Sleds ride on the snow. ATVs need to get down to the ice or packed snow.
It has been a while since I have heard of any guides setting out sleepers. If one did, they would need to do some good advertising to make it worth it.
First year I put it out I went 3 miles out from the closest plowed road. Used the lake snowmobile trail for a few miles, then packed my own trail before dragging it out. Slush could be a problem but you could do the same thing (pack a trail with your sled the night before and let it freeze overnight). Portables are much easier to move, but not as comfortable as a wood house.
Vermilion Ice Conditions - heard there was still open water on Big Bay Thursday and Friday. Not sure if I will go out 7 days from now.
Happy Holidays Muskies !! I've been off sight for a long while. My Son died in July at 45 from a heat stroke while working in Knoxville Tn. I've had a hard time with that. We did not make our fall trip to Rainy Lake, and the effects of it all are felt now. How was the fall ? A friend with a guide service there told me I didn't miss anything, and the lack of post tend to support that. We appreciate all post and fishing chatter shared on this forum and especially all you share. Best wishes for a great winter. CHEERS to all !!