The 29th Annual Celebration of the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza! The world's largest charitable ice fishing contest! Worl
The Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza is held on Gull Lake’s Hole-in-the-Day Bay. It is an ice fishing contest, also called an ice fishing derby, where anglers compete for well over $150,000 in cash and prizes. There are 150 spots on the prize board and the values are distributed throughout the list. Contestants are judged on the weight of their fish only—not the particular species of fish caught or length. All fish are weighed and are time-stamped so in the event of a tie the first fish weighed takes precedence.
We hope to see you on January 26, 2019!
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 $200,000 for area charities annually