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Cuyuna Lakes Ice Fishing Contest Feb. 6: Catch A Fish, Enter To Win!


Well we all know the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza is coming up on January 30th, with fishing statewide, but if you just can’t just get enough fishing (and some of us can’t) there is this to follow.

The Cuyuna Lakes Chamber’s 17th Annual Ice Fishing Contest is on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 12 to 3 p.m.

Catch a fish from any public lake in Minnesota, and enter it in the contest to win cash, gift cards to Cuyuna Lakes’ bars and restaurants, prize packages and more. Over $4,000 in prizes will be awarded.

Contest Rules

To be eligible for the fishing contest, you must register on the FishDonkey app, or at the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber office (117 W. Main St. Crosby). Registration is $20.

Eligible species are: Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass and Crappie. Each participant’s largest fish per species will be entered onto the leaderboard, and 45 eligible fish will be selected at random to win a prize after the tournament concludes at 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 6, 2021. All eligible fish registered have an equal chance at winning one of 45 prizes. The size of your registered fish will not increase your odds to win a prize.

All fish entered in the tournament will be photographed, measured, recorded with the FishDonkey app. See “How to Enter a Fish”  ( Categories and leaderboards will update throughout the contest so check the leaderboards on your phone or on the website to follow the tournament progress.

The three longest fish of each species will receive a 2021 Cuyuna Lakes Ice Fishing Contest Winner’s Plaque and a 2022 Cuyuna Lakes Ice Fishing Contest ticket. All winners will be announced live on the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber Facebook page. See complete details at

Ice Fishing Raffle

The Cuyuna Lakes Ice Fishing Raffle makes you eligible for separate prize packages, such as an Ion-X 8” Ice Auger (retail value $459.99), Marcum vs485c Underwater viewing system (retail value $329.99), Vexilar FL-8se Genz Pack Fishing System (retail value $319.99), Eskimo Quickfish 3i pop-up shelter (retail value $259.99) or Grand Casino Mille Lacs Stay-and-Play Package for Two.

Raffle tickets are $10 each at participating businesses through Friday, Feb. 5. Raffles DO NOT serve as entry into the fishing contest. Raffles are available at the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber office, CI Courier, Crosby Ace Hardware, Oars-N-Mine, Cuyuna Country Auto, Emily Meats, Mixed Company, Crosby Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union and Deerwood Bank.

Scorpion Homecoming

The annual Scorpion Homecoming is postponed to 2022 due to COVID-19. Organizer Randy Harrison of Scorpion Snowmobiles said, “Simply stated, we cannot get the permits we need, and we cannot properly accommodate the number of likely attendees, within the guidelines.” The Chamber looks forward to partnering again with Scorpion Snowmobiles for the 2022 Scorpion Homecoming.