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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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A great day, week for bass

April 06, 2010 at 09:22 AM

It stands to reason that since I have not fished in nearly a week, almost everyone I’ve talked to since Saturday has a great bass fishing outing to report.

Big ones are falling left and right. The hot bite started late last week, continued through the weekend’s storms and has kept right on this week, with big fish reported Monday, as well.

As a result, I’m headed out later this afternoon to see for myself.

Among several anglers who reported an excellent outing last Saturday was Rick Morgan of East Peoria, who was the subject of a column on bass fishing in March.

Fishing with a storm front rolling in and in the midst of plenty of wind, Morgan caught 13 bass on a jig and pig (incidentally, he is using Paul Clay’s jigs) including five that went 24 pounds, 15 ounces (a 21 ¼-incher that went 6-4,  a 20 at 5-2 and 3 more 20 inchers that went 4-9, 4-9, 4-7). Morgan said water in the strip mine he was fishing had warmed to 51 degrees and he was also starting to catch smaller fish. He fished 11 hours to catch his 13 fish. Here are his pictures (I hope to have my own later today, actually I have to since this is just Day 2 of my ridiculous Picture A Day project).

Here are highlights from Morgan’s day.

8:03 a.m., storm front coming in quickly with lots of wind

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8:09 a.m., staring at downpour of rain through my truck window. I waited it out for one-half hour then headed out.

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2:23 p.m., 5-2

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2:40 p.m., 6-4

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