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An ATV pulling a couch on skis is one of the least bizarre sites at Eelpout 2011.
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A board in the weigh-in station marks the largest and smallest eelpouts on record through Saturday morning.
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A number of odd-looking eelpout hang outside the festival weigh-in station.
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A large trophy goes the overall weight winner at the end of the festival.
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Ice houses dot the horizon of Leech Lake on a bleak February afternoon.
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Paul and Wendy Skoglund of Duluth, MN were some of the few anglers to fish while braving the elements.
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Wendy Skoglund has been fishing at the Eelpout festival for 5 years.
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Paul Skoglund untangles his line.
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The largest fish caught as of early Saturday morning, 9.69 lbs.
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For the most part Eelpout Festival is more of a bar-hopping event than a fishing event. Structures like this dot the ice, serving beer on tap and stocked with a full bar.
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A reveling partygoer with his “Hops Holster” fully loaded.
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Some attendants clean out their ice house from the leftovers of Friday’s party.
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“Ice Hole” peppermint schnapps is a very popular drink amongst ‘Pouters.
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A man in Viking attire looks on in his snow vehicle.
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Members of the Tonight Show came up from LA to shoot a piece on the festival.
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A stuffed Taz doll adds a little punch to this man’s ATV.
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Practitioners of the “Notel Motel,” a popular spot on the ice in the evenings, have a bit of fun tossing around a cached keg.
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More couches on skis.
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Practitioners of the “Notel Motel,” a popular spot on the ice in the evenings, have a bit of fun tossing around a cached keg.
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A view inside the “Notel Motel,” a structure that could fit around 100 people.
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The best way to take a nap on Leech Lake.
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A festival-goer takes a shot through an ice sculpture inside the ice bar on the beach of Leech Lake.
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People gather for the Polar Plunge.
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A member of the Army National Reserves sings the National Anthem before the Polar Plunge.
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A group of women decked out in full Viking regalia take the plunge.
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Temperatures were around 10 degrees at this point, not taking into account windchill.
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Medical attendants in full dry-suits on hand to help out plungee’s.
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A quick dash back to warmth.
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A burst of a flame into the sky helps warm the crowd.
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Its hard to catch your breath when soaking wet in below freezing temps.
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Nice form on a cannon ball.
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One expects this look after jumping in Leech Lake.
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Again, running back to warmth.
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Beautiful form on this belly flop.
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…And the ensuing splash.
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A member of the Bikini Ice Fishing Team.
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A quick dance number by the Bikini Ice Fishing Team.
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A quick dance number by the Bikini Ice Fishing Team.
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Free t-shirts and hats by the Bikini Ice Fishing Team.
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A singing number by a member of the Bikini Ice Fishing Team.
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A combination of high performance ice fishing attire… and a bikini.
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A combination of high performance ice fishing attire… and a bikini.
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Pumping up the crowd.
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Showing off some of the bikini ware.
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Bikini’s and free t-shirts, a real crowd pleaser.
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More free hat’s and of course bikini’s.
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Free posters.
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Festival-goers scramble for a free Bikini Ice Fishing Team hat.
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Snowmobile jackets were a popular look throughout the town of Walker, MN.
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A look down onto the ice.
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Santa Claus made an appearance at the festival.
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A couple of parked snowmobiles.
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An old school snowmobile is still kicking on the ice.
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A great vantage-point for the festival.
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A large fire roars outside a number of trailers on the ice, keeping a large gathering warm as the sun wanes.
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Cutting a hole in the ice.
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Chains on the tires is a must for proper transportation.
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Popping a wheelie on a three-wheeler.

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