Well it has been unfortunately warm here in South East Wisconsin the last number of weeks. From the looks of the ice and snow map provided by NOAA the ice is quite a ways away yet. The long term forecasts look good for the next few weeks so we just have to cross our fingers.
Please be careful if you decide to venture on to new ice. A spud bar, throw rope, or even a PFD is a great idea, and don't forget to tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. Make sure you can fish all season by keeping youeslf alive!