Last week we experienced a winter thaw in Northern Minnesota. This week the weather cooled off. The southern part of the state faces a blizzard today, while the rest of the state wonders what time of year it really is.
The answer is simple. Eelpout. It’s eelpout season.
The annual Eelpout Festival is happening now in Walker, Minnesota, with many of the bigger events slated later today and tomorrow.
Naturally, the eelpout fishing contest is a main attraction. You’ve got the Eelpout Fish Fry from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. Eelpout curling. A beer pong tournament. Live music. More fishing. More music. Additional fish fries. A bikini ice fishing show? Jeez, I guess you just have to see this for yourself.
So, what’s an eelpout?
An eelpout is an extremely ugly bottom-feeding fish that lives in the lakes of central and Northern Minnesota. The eelpout remains the ugliest fish known to these waters. To reel one through your ice fishing hole is to look into the horrifying face of evolution’s cruel hand. Indeed, some creatures should never see the light of day. But if you cook them right, you can make a good meal.
It’s also a good excuse for the people of the Walker area to celebrate the waning days of winter with outdoor activities and other good times. Find out more at the Eelpout Festival website.
I talked about eelpout during the Great Northern Radio Show we did from Walker in 2014. My next Great Northern Radio Show airs live next Saturday, March 4, at the Chief Theater in Bemidji. So if you miss eelpout and still want to see an entertaining event conducted by something funny looking, try the Great Northern Radio Show.