No, There's no standard. I was just stating that if you feel uncomfortable out there, then stay closer to the shore. If you're going by yourself, then I would recommend going where there are other ice fishermen. It's not a good idea to head out alone. And, where there are others fishing, there will be old holes to fish through. If you have your own auger, you don't need to head out to deeper water all the time. I've caught tons of fish in 4 ft. of water under the ice. A rocky steep bank is a good place to drill a hole or two right up close to the bank. Don't forget those trout and macks love crawdads.