The Brainerd Jaycees will hold the 24th annual $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Saturday, Jan. 25, on Gull Lake’s Hole-in-the-Day Bay south of Nisswa.
More than 10,000 anglers are expected to compete for one of 150 prizes valued at more than $200,000. Throughout the history of the event, contestants from as far away as India, Germany and Hawaii have participated.
Contestants will have the opportunity to win large prizes at various places on the leader board. First place wins a GMC or Ford pickup truck, 100th place goes home with an Ice Castle fish house, and Arctic Cat four-wheelers are spread throughout the list.
The Lindy Big Fish Bounty is back again this year, where the 24th place winner can earn $3,000 in addition to the $2,400 on the prize list if they catch the winning fish on the special edition Emerald Shiner colored Lindy Rattlin’ Flyer Spoon available exclusively at Mills Fleet Farm stores.
Also returning this year after a one-year hiatus is the Catch of the Day Extravaganza Give Away, an additional contest within the Extravaganza, giving participants the chance to win a prize package valued at $9,000 for an additional $5. Stamps for this contest can be purchases online and at Mills Fleet Farm in Baxter.
Event organizers are ready for this year’s event, and the cold weather has surely been beneficial for the ice conditions. As of last week, 12-16 inches of ice were reported throughout the contest area at Hole-in-the-Day Bay.
“Although it has been a cold couple of months, we are very excited that the conditions are favorable for the Extravaganza,” said Matt Castle, event organizer with the Brainerd Jaycees. “Planning has been smooth and we are looking forward to another successful contest.”
Tickets are available for purchase online, at Brainerd area outlets and at all 34 Mills Fleet Farm stores for $45.
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, more than 50 organizations in the Brainerd lakes area have received donations in the history of the event, which is likely to exceed $3 million in charitable donations this year.
More information and official updates can be found at www.icefishing.org.