Have you ever been to the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on 'Hole In The Day' Bay on Gull Lake? In a normal year, you'd have to see it to believe it. 13,000+ participants. 2,000+ spectators. 1,000+ fish caught. It's pure Minnesota baby!

In 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event has gone virtual. This year you can use an app to connect, fish from any Minnesota lake, and use an ice house -- usually NOT part of the annual competition.

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 $150,000 for area charities annually.

Billed as the 'Largest Charitable Ice Fishing Contest In The World,' the event founded in 1991 is changing things up. Proceeds will benefit 45 Brainerd area organizations.

  • WHEN:  Saturday, January 30th, 2021.
  • TIME:  Contest runs Noon-3pm.
  • WHERE:  Any Minnesota lake

Click HERE for entry, ticket, and additional information.

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