For me it the channel between Chisago and Lindstrom as this is for the most part where the ice forms first. But as soon as there is ice I like Centerville for early ice. I hope the ice comes soon as I just put the boat away. There is however still some good shore eye fishing going on!
Hammer I will be on lake with all the fish as soon as it's safe. With me that's toward's the end of Dec. when there is at least 6-8 inches. If can't hold a fourwheeler, it can't hold a Big Daddy Gotta Run Bobber Down
I like to wait until some of the local city lakes freeze up good. I dont head North until the ice is drivable. I may miss some fish but hopefully I'll live to fish next year too. Be safe, Ice picks and a wistle only cost a couple of $'s Hopper