Droves of people flock to a frozen lake in northern Minnesota each year to celebrate an ugly fish called the eelpout.
Looking for a truly unique ice fishing tournament? Look no further than the International Eelpout Festival in Walker, Minnesota. Over ten thousand folks gather annually on frozen Leech Lake for festivities galore.
From dog sledding to fish kissing, the International Eelpout Festival has its own brand of entertainment. When a fish inspires dance moves, you can bet there will be fun involved.
In addition to the aforementioned shenanigans, there’s a serious number of fish caught during this festival. Eelpout spawn during the winter, unlike other species of fish. So, anglers have the perfect opportunity to hook as many of the ugly fish as possible.
Whether you show up just for the party or you’re hellbent on catching eelpout, make your way to northern Minnesota. There, you will find a fishing extravaganza almost forty years old that’s sure to be memorable for one and all.
For more information about this year’s International Eelpout Festival, check out the festival website.