Minnesotans can’t resist the lure of ice fishing

Apparently, there’s nothing quite like sitting on an overturned five-gallon bucket on frozen ice with a winter wind doing that thing the winter wind does around Brainerd.

Yesterday was the annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing extravaganza, in which hundreds — maybe thousands — of fishermen try to win $150,000 in prizes. Or at least play “bra pong.”

A five pound walleye, netted the grand prize — a new truck — for a Chaska man.

Like last year, it was caught in one of the shallowest parts of the lake.

  • John

    I spent most of Saturday ice fishing, about an hour north of Brainerd.

    It was lovely – about 30 degrees out, little to no wind. All you needed was a 5 gallon bucket, a rod, and some bait. Our group of 4 caught enough fish for dinner, the kids thought it was great pulling Northern’s out of the water, and everyone involved had a good time (except maybe the Northerns).

    Fishing with a few thousand of my closest friends for money? No thanks. Part of what I like about ice fishing is the solitude (or semi-solitude in our case, since there were four of us).

  • Rob

    Looks like fun if you like that sort of thing. Gotta go, I’m in Arizona, about to head out on a motorcycle trip.

  • Joe

    I go once a year, and I have fun. That’s it for me though.