Thursday, January 7, 2016

Brainerd Jaycee's Ice Fishing Extravaganza: 2016

It has been a mild winter in terms of temperature in Brainerd, Minnesota, and as of my last post on the Jaycee's Ice Fishing Extravaganza, I was very doubtful the event would take place on Jan. 23 as scheduled. However, in the past two weeks, Hole in the Day Bay on Gull Lake has been covered in ice, and a few houses have sprung up in the bay.  If the meteorologists are correct, the highs this upcoming weekend will only be the in single digits above zero.   This should allow for a good layer of ice, and I am confident the event will take place on the originally scheduled date. 

This is a great ice fishing event that benefits charities, and I have been going for the last few years.  I haven't caught any fish, but attending the event is worth it just for the people watching and the unique experience. 

Here is some news from the site:


Brainerd, MN – The Brainerd Jaycees 26th Annual Ice Fishing Extravaganza is set for January 23, on Gull Lake’s Hole in the Day Bay, north of Brainerd, MN. This year’s prize list is valued at nearly $200,000. Contest tickets are available for a discounted price of $30 November 1-30 at all Mills Fleet Farm locations, and the Mills Indoor Shooting & Archery Center. As of December 1, contest tickets will be available for $50 at all ticket outlets through the event date.

The 26th Anniversary has much in store, including the Catch of the Day Extravaganza Give-Away, Lindy Bounty cash prize, and a Kick-Off party featuring Dueces Wild Dueling Piano Show. If you cannot attend the event, there is also the Extravaganza raffle, with total prizes valued at $40,000. Tickets for this are $10 each and can be purchased from several Brainerd area charities and at all Minnesota ticket outlets.

The Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza is completely volunteer run and all event proceeds are donated to area charities. The primary beneficiary is Confidence Learning Center, an outdoor recreational facility and camp for individuals with developmental disabilities. However, over 60 organizations in the Brainerd Lakes Area have received donations throughout the event’s history, which has exceeded $3.3 million in total. More information and official updates can be found at