The 22nd Annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza is in the books. It was a chilly day on Gull Lake. Luke Brotzek was the big winner with a 6.37 pound walleye he caught in 60 feet of water. Here are some fast facts about the fishing event of the winter.
- Largest charitable ice fishing contest in the world
- Organized entirely by volunteers- Brainerd Jaycees
- Volunteers work all year planning for the next event
- Attendance has topped 13,000 participants and more than 2,000 spectators (record participants was 13,600 in 2004)
- Contest has attracted anglers from 22 states and six countries
- 76% of participants travel more than 60 miles to attend Extravaganza
- Average of 1,000 fish registered each year
- Warmest tournament temperature 38 degrees F
- Coldest tournament temperature -30 degrees F
- 67 charities have shared over 2.6 million dollars in contest proceeds
- Confidence Learning Center receives 70% of the funds raised annually
- 250 acre site preparation and set up takes three full days
- Takes only four hours for 100 volunteers to pre-drill more than 20,000 holes
- More than 350 Jaycee and non-Jaycee volunteers help the day of the event
For a full list of all the winners, go to www.icefishing.org.