Chaska Man Wins 2016 Brainerd Ice Fishing Contest
Brainerd, MN(KROC-AM News) - More than 9,000 people turned out for the annual Brainerd Jaycees ice fishing contest on Gull Lake that was held on Saturday.
The big winner was a Chaska man who landed a walleye that weighed 5.33 pounds, the largest fish to be caught during the three hour contest. The winning fish was caught in water that was less than 6 feet deep and the man who caught it drove away in a brand new pickup truck.
Rochester anglers Abby Alcock and Jason Nieman finished in the top 80 with their catches.
The contest is called the world's largest charitable ice fishing contest and offers $200,000 in prizes. Proceeds are donated to charities in the Brainerd area.
This year’s event was postponed two weeks because of warm weather in January.