Went out yesterday with Johnstown Jon and another a friend who has never been ice fishing before. Fished the stumps on the shallow end, ice was solid for now at a little over 7 inches. Talked to another guy who said it was about the same thickness at the other deep end. Not sure what the warm spell the next couple of days will do to it but for now it is safe. On to the fishing, We were trying some new things for us with the Tip-Ups and it seemed to work. Caught 5 nice catfish on tip-ups, all coming right off the bottom, the best luck was on one in about 13 feet of water as well as a couple Gills on shallow Tip-Ups. Also caught a few cats with the jigging poles as well as some Gills (some big and some not so big) and one really nice perch for Knox, probably about 8 inches compared to the nornal 2 inch perch I always catch there. Fished until the sun went down, bite was really picking up but we all forgot lights so it was getting hard to fish. The newcomer did not land a fish, but he had one on so at least he got a bite, I think he had a good time though and will give it a go again. Ice fishing can be a little tricky especially when the bite is really light. All in all got a little over 20 fish for John to filet, the bggest being a 20 inch catfish, a great way to start the ice fishing season, cannot wait to get back out there. Sorry I do not have any pics, brought the camera but my batteries where dead.