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Pro Tips For The Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza

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The Brainerd Jaycees have shared some of the Pro Tips with the Hubbard Studios…. Here some pro tips, straight from the planning committee, for more information please visit



We have transportation! Our shuttles are the easiest transportation to and from the contest. Park at Brainerd International Raceway and jump on a bus. They run from 8:00am until the last contestants are off the ice.

Both the 115 Lake Access and the Grand View Lodge Lake Access will be closed the 27th-28th. Please plan accordingly and above all be SAFE


Cold Conditions

Fun Fact: We have nearly 120 volunteers who come out and drill holes with us on Friday, it is certainly something to see. If you have been checking out the forecast for the weekend it is looking to be a bit chilly overnight. BRING A TOOL TO RE BREAK YOUR HOLE AND A SCOOPER ! We do not sell these on the ice.

While we are at it, DRESS WARM .We have our @Mr. Heater Tent where you can warm up and purchase Raffles, a first aid tent, and the Gull Lake Events bar on ice.



You must have your contest ticket on your person and visible when you catch & register a fish during the contest.

Also, please give our team some time to get it entered into the database.

Live Updates can be found at


Radio Coverage And Prizes

B93.3 Today’s Best Country is the home of the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza Official Broadcast and they give you even MORE chances to win.

Bring your radios, speakers, devices and drop by any of the following locations to pick up your B93.3 Prize Patrol Stickers…

  • Cub Foods: Brainerd/Baxter
  • The Snarky Loon Saloon
  • S&W Bait
  • Brainerd Lakes Floe Docks & Lifts
  • George’s Auto Body

Center Ice on January 28th, 2023 at the info booth and… Get loud when you see the B93.3 Today’s Best Country flag so the prize patrol can find you!

If you don’t have a radio download the Todays Best Country app TODAY


Entrance To Event

You can enter the contest site at or after 8:00am on Saturday January 28th through any one of our official check points.

Our volunteers are amazing and quick at getting everyone through the line.



What Can You Bring?

Heaters, chairs, bait pails, depth finders, and under water cameras are allowed.

Looking for supplies and all the good things? Fleet Farm, Mr. Heater, Vexilar Inc Aqua-Vu are ready to assist you in all things needed for January 28th, 2023. No propane tanks on the buses!!



Coolers are allowed on the ice, NO GLASS allowed and will be confiscated by security and not returned

Stop into local liquor stores for cans of our Extravaganza Ice Auger Blonde Ale from Roundhouse Brewery and you wouldn’t even need to worry.


Fishing Licenses:

You are required to have a current Minnesota fishing license to participate in the Extravaganza. We DO NOT sell licenses at the event. Be sure to stop at Fleet Farm or a local bait shop, or even a convenience store to purchase one.

A 24-hour MN fishing license is only $14.00- a small price to pay to win some incredible prizes!