I dont fish Rice much. do you walk to the right of the Island and then go out? A friend of mine likes that lake but I only get northerns there. I here there is a 13ft. hole but I have never never hit it.
I haven't fished Rice in years and it was only in the summer.
When in a boat you launch and go to the right, thats also where you will see the tire tracks in the winter. I believe the left side is impassable, atleast in a boat.
Mostly what I hear about Rice in the winter is for pike but there are walleye to be had as well. In the summer I would fish tight up against the rock reefs on the back side of the island from the launch, there are also other rock reefs, dead wood, and weed lines you can try.
Here is the DNR map of the lake. The boat launch is also where the dam is located on the NE corner of the lake.