The Brainerd Jacyees wanted to create an event to raise money for local charities, so they came up with an idea for an ice fishing contest. Their first Ice Fishing Extravaganza was held in January 1991 and has grown every year since making it the largest ice fishing contest in the world. It generates 1 million dollars in revenue for local businesses, raises about $150,000 for local charities and there is an average of 10,000 anglers on the ice. Camp Confidence is the largest recipient of the proceeds, which is a year round outdoor camp for people with developmental disabilities.
Being that the contest in held at the end of January, the weather isn’t always ideal. It has to be at a time of year when the ice is thick enough to support all of the people. A few years ago, the winter was warmer and they had to move the contest to another lake. The high temperature today was about 6 degrees, so people have to dress appropriately. Participants can’t go onto the lake before 8:00 AM, they register and walk to their site. The sites are set up on a grid pattern, and once a fish is caught, it can be taken to the weigh-in station.
What is the coldest sport you have ever participated in?