Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza is back

Scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. on January 29 in Gull Lake’s Hole-in-the-Day Bay, this will be the 31st time the tournament has been held in person.

Brainerd Jaycees chairman Andrew Jay has said he hopes everyone returns to Gull Lake for the in-person ice fishing competition.

“We’re coming back to what we know and what we do best,” Jay said. “We will hopefully have 10,000 to 12,000 of our friends fishing with us. “

In 1990, the Brainerd Jaycees set out to create a project that would provide opportunities for individual leadership and create a positive impact on the economy of the Brainerd Lakes region during the winter months, the Jaycees explained in their history of l ‘event.

This project took the form of an ice fishing competition in 1991. In 32 years, the competition has grown into the largest charity ice fishing tournament in the world, according to the group.

“We are incredibly grateful to our team last year, stepping out of their comfort zone and doing something for the community,” said Sheena Zieglar, Marketing Director of Brainerd Jaycees. “But we’re incredibly excited to be back in person. It has been a long year, but our well-oiled machine is in action again.

Moving the online-only contest last year was a first in its history, although it had been postponed three times previously in 2002, 2012 and 2016. Additionally, 2006 was the only time the contest was moved to another lake.

Zieglar said that since the contest began, the Jaycees have donated nearly $ 4 million to the community through their volunteer work.

“I guess (we have) over 150-200 volunteers on the ice,” Zieglar said. “From checking people out to helping us tear it down, our team of volunteers is amazing every year, but we can always use more.”

Tickets can be purchased online at ice fishing.org/shop or at any Fleet Farm location before January 29. To find more information or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, visit ice fishing.org.

Ahead of the in-person tournament, the Brainerd Jaycees will host the new American Ice Fishing Tournament January 22.

After a successful virtual tournament in 2021, the Brainerd Jaycees have decided to keep it as a separate standalone event in 2022. The tournament will be hosted through the FishDonkey app and participants are eligible to win one of the 500 prizes, d ‘a total value of over $ 67,000, which will be scattered in the top 2,000 places, including a new F-150 truck or $ 25,000 in cash.

Registration and more information for the national tournament can be found at virtualicefishing.org Or on Facebook.

Editor-in-Chief TIM SPEIER can be reached on Twitter @ timmy2thyme, call 218-855-5859 or email [email protected].

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