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Matt Breuer hoists an eelpout to display the unique body style of Minnesota's (arguably) ugliest fish. Anglers attending next weekend's International Eelpout Festival in Walker will welcome a fish of such magnificence. (Submitted photo)

Do the eelpout shuffle next weekend

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The 33rd annual International Eelpout Festival is set to take place beginning at Noon on Friday, Feb. 17 and concluding at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19.

Approximately 10,000 people are expected to converge on the town of Walker, MN (population 1,069) in search of a fish most would consider unappealing.

The crowd of anglers will be scattered about Minnesota's third largest body of water, Leech Lake, hoping to catch an eelpout worthy of the event's seven-foot tall trophy.

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