16 inches of ice

If there were any doubts about ice conditions this winter—there aren't anymore.

Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard measures the ice Thursday, Jan. 17, as Clint Meyer with the Brainerd Jaycees and his son Quinnten Meyer watch. The ice check was to make sure there would be enough ice for the annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake. The contest is scheduled Jan. 26. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard measures the ice Thursday, Jan. 17, as Clint Meyer with the Brainerd Jaycees and his son Quinnten Meyer watch. The ice check was to make sure there would be enough ice for the annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake. The contest is scheduled Jan. 26. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard measures the ice Thursday, Jan. 17, to check if there would be enough ice for the annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake. The contest is scheduled Jan. 26. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard measures the ice Thursday, Jan. 17, to check if there would be enough ice for the annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake. The contest is scheduled Jan. 26. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

The 29th annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza received the green light Thursday, Jan. 17, from Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard. The annual event takes place on Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake and is scheduled Jan. 26. Goddard issued the permit for the event after doing an ice check within the 250 acres of the contest area. The contest is about 10 miles north of Brainerd off Highway 371.

At this year's measurement, there was a good, solid 16 inches of ice.

Officials with the sheriff's office and the Brainerd Jaycees drove out on the lake and drilled two holes. They found 14 inches in the northeast portion of the contest area, which is known to have the least amount of ice, and another hole near the center of the contest area had 16 inches.

After reviewing the ice conditions and looking at the weather forecast of expected below-zero temperatures with wind chills—it gave the sheriff confidence there is enough ice for the contest.

"Let's go fishing," Goddard said. "We're confident in saying we're going to have a great fishing contest."

The 29th annual Jaycees' event, considered the largest charitable fishing contest, kicks off at noon Jan. 26 and winners are expected to be announced at 3:30 p.m. The fishing contest began in 1991 with 5,500 anglers competing for $100,000 in prizes and it has since almost doubled the amount of people who attend and prizes are worth more than $200,000, according to event coordinators. 

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