Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza

Brainerd Passes
One of the younger “contestants” with a perch!

The World’s Largest Charity Ice Fishing Event was Saturday, January 30th, the Brainerd Jaycee’s Ice Fishing Extravaganza!! Official results are ONLY posted on THEIR leaderboard at

They say “Thank you to all the contestants for your patience and support!”

The new virtual format allowed for contestants to fish throughout the entire state of Minnesota. There were over 10,000 pictures of fish submitted. 4,159 fish were  registered…an Extravaganza record!


All winners will be contacted in the next few days to make arrangements for delivery and pick up. 

All of the proceeds from the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza are donated to area charities.


Located on Sylvan Lake in the Brainerd Lakes Area, Confidence Learning Center, also known as Camp Confidence, is a year around outdoor center for persons of all ages with developmental disabilities.

The mission of Confidence Learning Center is to offer an environment where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. Accessible accommodations and activities are offered year around with a professional staff to facilitate each camper’s experience. The staff is able to provide and adapt outdoor education and recreational activities that may not be available or financially feasible in their home environment.

The programs at Confidence Learning Center are aimed at promoting self-confidence and self-esteem through individualized success. At Confidence Learning Center each camper is encouraged to succeed at their own level, explore their abilities, establish new leisure skills and learn about the environment. Activities such as boating and fishing, skiing, archery, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing are adapted to meet both the physical and cognitive needs of each camper. Overcoming fears are addressed through activities like climbing a 60 foot tree or holding a live snake which teaches the campers to use knowledge and trust to make their own decisions.