They have been walking out on cooks bay in Gilford since the 16 of Dec. I've heard even someone went out on snowmobile this week.... I think he nuts.... I'm hearing there is only 4-5 inches of ice. Dec 17/10 they had 20 guys brave enough to walk out there... I think I'll wait til well after Christmas til i get out there.. check the lake simcoe mesage board or icecabins.com for more accurate ice conditions. They post daily ice reports for cooks bay and catch of the day on those too excited to wait to get their perch. It would be safer to wait a good week or so, before going out. In my opinion.