All photos must be taken through the FishDonkey app and measurements must be on a valid measuring board.
Fish should be recorded immediately and measurements noted by length.
All submissions must include at least two photographs: 1) A pic of you holding the fish 2) A pic of the fish on the measuring board.
Close the fish’s mouth. The nose should touch the bump of the measuring board (the belly is facing you). The measurement photo needs to include the entire fish on the board. If the fishtail is touching the graduation line on the board then that is the exact measurement. If the tail crosses a graduation line, round up ¼”.
All participants must have their fish submitted before the end of the tournament.
Search for and select the “Extravaganza Paper Ticket Registration Only”
After you have entered your contact information select the “Leaderboard”
Select “Enter a Fish”
Take a picture of your ticket
In the “Choose Species” Dropdown select “Proof of Purchase” if you have a ticket without a Catch of the Day stamp. If you have a Catch of the Day stamp affixed to your ticket select the “Proof of Purchase COTD” option.
In the “Size/Unit(s)” field enter your CONTEST ticket number.
Go to the Homepage
Select “Fish in a Tournament”
Search for and select “Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza”
Under “Tournament” use the dropdown menu to select “Paid Paper Ticket Holder” as your division.
Due to the ongoing pandemic and increasing travel restrictions, our committee has decided to offer a ticket exchange for any 2021 Extravaganza tickets purchased prior to our virtual announcement on 11/25/2020.
Please mail your original tickets to Brainerd Jaycees – PO Box 523 – Brainerd MN 56401. Include your name, address, email and phone number as we will notify you when the tickets are received. The tickets must be postmarked on 12/20/2020 or before in order to receive the exchange. You will receive the 2022 Extravaganza tickets during the 4th quarter of 2021.
Brainerd, MN — Tournament organizers, along with the direction of state officials, have made the decision to continue forward with the annual charitable ice fishing contest in a virtual format. Officials have determined that due to the ongoing pandemic the most responsible choice is to continue the tradition of the Extravaganza in a different way, asking anglers to fish on any lake in Minnesota during the normal contest time and date. “Safety of all involved is our main concern this year,” said event chairperson Benji Thoennes. “We know that the event will be different, but we hope to encourage everyone to get out fishing with their families and win some great prizes, which keeps in line with what the Extravaganza has always been about.”
The Brainerd Jaycees Virtual Ice Fishing Extravaganza in will take place on January 30, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. central time. Participants will be allowed to participate on any lake in the state of Minnesota. All six eligible fish species native to Brainerd’s Gull Lake will be announced at a later date. Fish will be entered into a web-based application by the contestant. The application will go live, in real time, day of the contest.
Pre-purchased tickets must be registered by January 15, 2021 to be eligible to participate in the new format. Register your ticket by entering all required information here https://forms.gle/LyqZcAXPra99rM6z8.
Participants will be subject to all applicable MN DNR licensing requirements. More information will be announced in the coming weeks as tournament organizers work through the details of planning a virtual event.
First held in 1991, this event has been postponed three times and moved to a different lake once. Hailed as the world’s largest charitable ice fishing tournament, event organizers have donated over $4 million to Brainerd-area charities, most notably Confidence Learning Center, in its 30-year history. The volunteer-run event is organized by the Brainerd Jaycees who have over 90 members contributing more than 75,000 hours and $200,000 to the community annually.
Brainerd, MN—The 30th Annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza has been issued its event permit. On Jan. 16, the Brainerd Jaycees and Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department checked ice conditions on Gull Lake’s Hole in the Day Bay and found 16-18 inches of ice throughout the two-square mile contest site. “The 30th anniversary of this event is going to be better than ever, and we are ready to host 10,000 of our closest fishing buddies next Saturday,” said contest chair Jeff Baillif.
The Ice Fishing Extravaganza is world-renowned and has drawn more than 10,000 people annually for nearly 25 years. People and media from across the globe attend this event which is the world’s largest charitable ice fishing contest. “The charitable aspect plus the $200-thousand-dollar prize package is what keeps people coming,” said Angie Nelson, marketing coordinator for the Brainerd Jaycees.
The proceeds of the Ice Fishing Extravaganza are donated to more than 50 area charities with Confidence Learning Center as the primary beneficiary. The Brainerd Jaycees have donated more than $4 million since the event was founded.
The Brainerd Jaycees would like to thank participants, contestants, sponsors and area businesses for their ongoing support. Tickets can be purchased at Brainerd-area outlets and on the ice the day of the contest. Visit icefishing.org for all contest details.