Illinois hunting and fishing

Thousands of ice fishing anglers brave high winds and snow to fish in the 23rd annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Jan. 19 on Gull Lake near Nisswa, Minnesota. (AP Photos/Brainerd Dispatch, Steve Kohls)

Ice anglers flock to Brainerd for charity tournament

January 21, 2013 at 01:24 PM

It is billed as the World’s Largest Charitable Ice Fishing Contest.

The Brainerd, Minn. Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza was held last Saturday, Jan. 19.

Each year the contest draws more than 10,000 anglers who compete for more than $150,000 in prizes. There are 150 prizes, including a new pickup, a snowmobile and a fish house.

All proceeds go to area nonprofits.

According to the organization’s Website:, the event generates $1 million in revenue for local businesses and raises $200,000 for local charities.

The event started in 1991.

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing
Anglers walk through the high winds to reach their fishing spots Saturday, Jan 19 on Hole-In-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake near Nisswa, Minn.