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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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Fish are biting

February 02, 2010 at 02:04 PM

Everybody I’ve talked to who has ice fished in the past few days since the warm-up on Sunday and Monday tells me the fish are biting.

That’s true even for the Farmer, who enjoyed his best outing of the year at some strip mines in Stark County.

In fact, he caught his biggest bluegill ever.

The news doesn’t really surprise me for two reason: 1. Seems like warmer weather after a cold snap always sparks a good bite, 2. I am tied up in the office all week.

But good fishing is not universal across the Midwest. In North Dakota last Saturday, 4,400 anglers competed in the annual Devils Lake Fire Department tournament. They combined for only 38 fish.

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