Friday, December 11, 2015

Jaycee's Ice Fishing Extravaganza 2016: Brainerd, Minnesota

Link to Jaycee's Ice Fishing Extravaganza 2016

With this years warm weather, I am starting to wonder if they are going to announce a new date for the Ice Fishing Extravaganza.
I drive by Gull Lake every week, and lately I am surprise to see it still looks like this:

The lake has been frozen over on a few mornings, but recently it is ice free on Hole in the Day Bay.  This is the location of the ice fishing tournament, and as of yesterday, the conditions aren't looking too promising.

Either way, it is a great event that raises a great deal of money and awareness for charities, so I hope the event still takes place, but I doubt we will have enough ice if conditions don't change soon.

However, as a native northern Minnesotan, I know things can change quick!



Here is some information on the event from icefishing.org:

History of the Ice Fishing Extravaganza

 In the early 1990s the Brainerd Jaycees had a desire to develop a signature project—a project that would rally members, raise money for local charities, and provide avenues for individual growth, personal development, and leadership. With the first contest being held in January 1991, it is certain the founders never expected this event would become the world’s largest ice fishing contest and put Brainerd, MN, on the map with a winter event that generates over $1-million in revenue for area businesses and over $150,000 for area charities annually