I've always marked my calender for Dec 15th as the start of ice fishing season in inland waters of NE Ohio. WE havent been on the ice near that date in a long time. In fact, the last two years have been prettys slim for good, sustainable, safe ice. The local bait & tackle shops have really struggled. I ice-fish mostly Portage Lakes, but am strongly considering giving Mogadore a try or two this season. (Since I'm working 2nd shift, most of my fishing will be done in the morning hours... and I may give Mogadore a try or two). If this cold stretch keeps up, we may be drilling holes real soon!