Probably the quietest New Years on record. Not a lot has changed as to conditions. I have a electric ice auger I freeze into the ice as its forming and did get it in about two weeks ago when I had about 3 inches of ice off my dock. It is a 6 inch piece of pipe with a 4 inch insert which is insulated and using gutter tape, it heats the inner pipe and the ice plug pops out, water access. Day before yesterday the whole thing popped out of the ice as it would in spring and the ice surrounding it had receded enough to leave a 2 inch gap around the whole thing. It was not plugged in! (insert scary background music) I have since reset it and am waiting a few days to let it freeze in again. Measured the ice and we have only 6 inches at my dock after all this time. Point is, none of us have ever seen such a late, weird freeze up, thus are very hesitant to even think about mid lake exploration. If there is any changes it will be posted ASAP.