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Three reasons to attend the 2013 Eelpout Festival

Minnesotans don't let a little snow and ice get in the way of a good bite
Brad Putney, True North Photography 2009

The culmination of the ice fishing season is upon us, the 2013 International Eelpout Festival has begun on Leech Lake. Beginning today, February 14th and running through Sunday, February 17th, 2013 the Mardi Gras on ice will make Walker, MN the ice fishing capital of the world.

Here are three reasons not to miss this winter festival:

1. Jumping Joeys from Hollywood. Where else in Minnesota can you see one of the minions from the Jay Leno Show dress up like a kangaroo and jump into the icy waters of Walker Bay. Check out the live cam, and see it all from the warmth of your WiFi enabled fish house.

2. Large hats, not PETA approved. Over the four day festival you can't swing a dead skunk without seeing someone wearing a large furry hat made from the skin of a small furry animal. Join in the fun and get yourself a lid made from a red fox complete with ears and a long, bushy tail.

3. There is more to do than hunt the eelpout. There are a multitude of activities all weekend long from auto racing on ice, to live music in the on-ice tent, to maybe even a wedding on the frozen lake.

For all the details head over to and be ready to forget your were ever there.


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