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World's largest charitable ice fishing contest set for Jan. 25

The 24th annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, on Hole-in-the-Day Bay of Gull Lake.

The Jaycees received an event permit Tuesday, Jan. 14, from the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Todd Dahl and Sgt. Adam Kronstedt met the Brainerd Jaycees on Gull Lake’s Hole-in-the-Day Bay to verify the ice conditions and found 17-19 inches of clear, consistent ice throughout the contest site. 

“The weather leading up to this day has been perfect for the upcoming contest, the ticket sales have been great and we are ready to go,” said Matt Castle, event chairperson. 

The volunteer-run extravaganza draws more than 10,000 anglers annually who compete for more than $150,000 in prizes. There are 150 prizes, including a new Ford or GMC 4x4 pickup, Arctic Cat ATVs and Ice Castle Fish Houses, to a number of other ice fishing related prizes — not one less than $250 in value.

All proceeds are donated to area nonprofit organizations with Confidence Learning Center, an outdoor center for people with developmental disabilities, being the primary beneficiary.

It takes three days to set up the event site, which becomes the second largest city in Crow Wing County on Saturday. There are approximately 20,000 holes pre-drilled for the anglers.

Official information, tickets and current updates can be found at

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