It appears nothing short of a major heat wave will prevent the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza from taking place.
Last week members of the Jaycees announced they will move the contest from Gull Lake, where it's taken place for the past 12 years, to North Long Lake. Test holes were drilled this morning on the Highway 371 bay and 12 inches of ice was found.
"This weather is expected to prevail so we're moving ahead as planned," said Bob Slaybaugh, tournament promotions coordinator.
A final recommendation will be made by Crow Wing County Sheriff Dick Ross at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. If Ross gives the go ahead more than 10,000 anglers are expected to gear up and be on the ice by noon Saturday.
As a safety precaution the main stage and leader board will be on shore. A small stage will be placed at the center of the contest area to keep contestants up-to-date on results. Holes will be scattered across most of the bay.
"We feel this year will give most people their best chance ever at catching a fish," Slaybaugh said. "We expect we'll see some bigger fish too. We've heard a lot of people say they're bringing their kids this year. It's going to be a lot of fun."
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