There is less than one month until the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza! There is still time to plan your stay for the 25th Anniversary celebration!
Plan to compete in the ice fishing contest for nearly $200,000 in cash and prizes, including a new Ford truck, a spectacular Ice Castle Fish House or a wonderful Cragun’s Resort getaway valued at over $1,200. Or spend the weekend taking in the contest and enjoying all that Brainerd has to offer in the winter, including snowmobile trails and rentals, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and resort amenities like the spa and sauna.
The Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza began in the early 1990’s and the popularity of Brainerd ice fishing allowed this event to grow year after year. The great thing about this event is that all of the proceeds benefit local charities. In fact, last year, $136,572 was donated to charities like the American Cancer Society, Can Do Canines and the Confidence Learning Center.
2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Brainerd Jaycee’s Ice Fishing Extravaganza. It will be held on January 24, 2015 at Hole in the Day Bay on Gull Lake. Tickets may be purchased at all Mill Fleet Farm locations, online or through the mail by sending an entry form and payment to Brainerd Jaycee’s, PO Box 523, Brainerd, MN 56401.
The day of the event, bring your contest ticket and a way to secure it — it’s an adhesive ticket (similar to a ski lift ticket) so a wire or string that loops through your zipper works the best. Your ticket must be visible at all times. Bring your driver’s license — especially if you are purchasing your tickets at an outlet or on the ice the day of the event. You will also need to have a current Minnesota fishing license.
The event runs from noon-3:00 p.m. on January 24. However, many people like to get to the ice early and check out all of the holes in order to find the perfect place to fish. Cragun’s Resort has shuttle service running to the contest site starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Sign-up sheets will be available on Friday evening so you can choose the time that works best for you.
Cragun’s Resorts offers winter vacation packages for the Ice Fishing Extravaganza weekend. The two-night package includes lodging in a Lakeview Fireplace Room (cabin upgrades available) for 2 adults and up to 2 children age 12 and under and free shuttle service to and from the contest sites. Cragun’s is conveniently located on Gull Lake and has a full-service marina available for all of your bait and tackle needs.
This will be a busy weekend at Cragun’s Resort. Book your hotel room or cabin now!