Snapshot Saturday 2014 #3 – Ice Fishing Extravaganza

Ice Fishing Extravaganza 2014, Brainerd, Minnesota

Ice Fishing Extravaganza 2014

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.

Ice Fishing Extravaganza 2014, Brainerd, Minnesota

Ice Fishing Extravaganza 2014

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.

Ice Fishing Extravaganza 2014, Brainerd, Minnesota

Ice Fishing Extravaganza 2014

What is the coldest sport you have ever participated in?

4 thoughts on “Snapshot Saturday 2014 #3 – Ice Fishing Extravaganza

  1. Kathi

    The photos brought back memories of your dad and me driving past the lake and seeing all the fishing shacks. I think that would be a bit too cold for me, although I would eat the fish anyone caught!

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    1. The Travel Wench Post author

      We see the ice houses all winter long, some of them are very elaborate and have TVs and beds inside! They don’t allow the houses for the day of the contest, so people get to suffer if they don’t dress appropriately – but they know better. This even was on the national news tonight and one man brought his lazy boy out there. My photos aren’t very good, but you can still see there are a lot of people on the ice, probably about 11,000 people! Grand prize winner gets a new pickup truck.

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  2. CarmensTravelTips

    Sounds like it was a great event and they raised lots of money for the local charities. I’m on the board of a charity and every dollar we raise goes a long way. I’m not a fan of the cold and I don’t think I would of been able to stick it out very long on the ice. Way too cold for me.

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    1. Michelle Grabuski

      That’s awesome that you are on the board of a charity, it’s nice to hear that the money can go a long way. I have wondered if a lot of it gets eaten up in expenses. I don’t think the Brainerd Jaycees expected this to get so large. I think this is the second year in a row that National Geographic has covered it, that’s what I heard. I don’t like the cold either, plus I’m not very good or patient with fishing, but it’s a huge event up here.

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