Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza Fast Facts

Posted Wed, Feb 8, 2012   By Erik Osberg
Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza Fast Facts

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