Brainerd Jaycees Annual $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Updated to Hybrid Event

February 3, 2024
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hole in the Day Bay, Gull Lake


Brainerd, MN -1/25/2024— In light of our unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of all participants, the Brainerd Jaycee Ice Fishing Extravaganza is excited to share our plans for the upcoming 2024 tournament scheduled for February 3rd. In the spirit of adaptability and safety, we have devised a plan that prioritizes the well-being of the public, our community, and the dedicated anglers who make this event truly special. After careful consideration, the Extravaganza is pivoting to a hybrid model for the upcoming tournament.

Our commitment to the ice fishing tradition remains strong, concentrating on its three core ideals. 1) Bringing in economic support to area businesses 2) Donating all proceeds to area charities and nonprofits 3) Encouraging people of all ages to enjoy the best midwest hobby! Our hybrid model remains focused on our key mission while also addressing safety concerns.

Recognizing the importance of adapting to the current circumstances, the Extravaganza will transition to a hybrid model using FishDonkey as the platform, keeping the February 3rd date but with extended contest hours. Participants will register for the tournament, uploading a picture of their ticket, which is needed to qualify for the event. This hybrid model extends the tournament across multiple Brainerd Area lakes where participants can still compete and experience the thrill of the Extravaganza from the safety and comfort of their chosen locations. The committee is also working on providing in-person support on main accesses across the area to directly help contestants who may not be familiar with the platform. Multiple changes have been adapted from the Fish Donkey tournament held in 2021.

While online ticket sales will end today, contestants are encouraged to buy tickets from their local Fleet Farm stores or participating outlets. The will call and Information booth will also be available to help our participants throughout the transition.

While we understand that this may not be the ideal scenario for some participants, we deem it crucial to prioritize safety and flexibility in light of unprecedented ice conditions. We insist that all contestants exercise utmost caution on any ice. Our steadfast commitment to delivering an unforgettable and thrilling event remains a priority. Rest assured, our confidence in this hybrid approach enables us to navigate and overcome any challenges that may arise.
Please stay updated on all information by visiting, following our official social channels, and joining our mailing list.

Thank you for your continued enthusiasm and participation in the Brainerd Jaycee Ice Fishing Extravaganza.
Stay warm, stay safe, and happy fishing!
The Brainerd Jaycee Extravaganza Committee

Additional details and most up to date Info can be found on the Extravaganza Facebook Page. 

The largest charitable ice fishing contest in North America!
Ticket Info - 800-950-9461

Ice Fishing's largest prize package will be up for grabs as thousands of anglers--the event regularly draws a crowd near or over 10,000 ice-fishing participants--take to the ice for a day of fun with family and friends.

With $150,000 in cash and prizes, this event is a can't miss affair! All proceeds are donated to area charities. Confidence Learning Center is the primary beneficiary.

The event is held at the Hole In The Day Bay on Gull Lake, where 20,000 holes are pre-drilled for contestants. At noon the cannon will go off and the fishing will start. There will be concessions serving Beer, Pop and food.

The 2024 Ice Fishing Extravaganza is on February 3, 2024. There are a variety of ways to get tickets for this event.

Purchase on the Ice
Tickets can be purchased in the ticket tent on Gull Lake starting at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the contest. You may take our complimentary shuttle from Brainerd International Raceway and purchase your ticket at the center of the contest site.

Online Purchase
Tickets can be purchased online at Tickets purchased online will be mailed each week on Friday. Tickets purchased online the week prior to the contest will be available at Will Call located at the center ice of the contest site.

$35 at Fleet Farm (November Promotion Only)
Don’t forget you can buy your tickets for only $35 exclusively at all Fleet Farm locations from November 1-30. This special price is an in-store promotion only. Tickets will be available at all Fleet Farm locations from December 1 to contest day for $50.

Ticket Outlets
Ticket outlets are another convenient way to purchase your contest tickets.

  • 5Rocks Distilling Co. – Brainerd: 25 Washington St. NE
  • Cash Wise Liquor – Brainerd: 513 B St. NE
  • Cash Wise Liquor – Baxter: 4092 Edgewood Dr.
  • Corner Store Depot – Brainerd: 12857 Co. Rd. 18 SW
  • Holiday – Baxter: 15052 Dellwood Dr.
  • Holiday – Baxter: 7472 Excelsior Rd.
  • Holiday – Nisswa: 4917 Co Rd. 77
  • Mid-Town Depot – Brainerd: 321 Washington St.
  • Ridge Top Outdoors – Bemidji: 149 Convenience Ln. SE
  • Roundhouse Brewery – Nisswa: 23836 Smiley Rd.
  • S & W Bait and Tackle – Brainerd: 18900 MN-371
  • Visit Brainerd – Brainerd: 706 Laurel St.
  • Wild Rice Depot – Brainerd: 9360 Wild Rice Rd.
  • Fleet Farm Locations

Contact Info:
Brainerd Jaycees
PO BOX 523
Brainerd MN 56401

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