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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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Open Blog Thursday 8-27-09

August 27, 2009 at 07:02 AM

Another Thursday has arrived, bringing with it the specter of another fishing report. Help? Help!

FROM Jim Lapikas of Goofy Ridge (pictured above with some catfish from Chautauqua Lake in Mason County):

“I believe a few weeks back you had an article featuring The Chautauqua Refuge located in Mason County. I live adjacent to the north pool of the lake where millions were spent to make it a fishing lake, boat ramps, docks, stocking etc. At one time it was possibly one of the best crappie lakes in Illinois (and still could be). But I hear from your article that it’s destined to be drained (as is the taxpayer’s wallet!).

“Have you ever been to Goofy Ridge and seen the poverty? Mason County is one of the lowest incomes in the state (country?), and millions are spent for the BIRDS! I use the lake to help feed my family. Any help would be appreciated to SAVE OUR LAKE!

“The picture below shows the draining of the lake. Fish are under great stress from the low water and heat $$$$$ being wasted along with FOOD!”

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FROM John Buhnerkempe:

“One item that I wanted to add to your question about CWD check stations open during the firearm deer hunting season is that because of the extension of the late-winter and CWD season we will not be having check stations during these seasons. Hunters will need to use the automated harvest reporting system. Counties with check stations during the firearm season will include Boone, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, LaSalle McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago.”

FROM David Swanson of Oak Lawn:

“Just read your Web page. Even though I live near Chicago and receive the Sunday Tribune (an actual newspaper that is a dying breed) each week I always read your Web page. Your piece last week outdoors with the boys reminds me of my 3-year-old grandson that is growing up on the northside of Chicago. When he visits our home in the southwest suburbs of Chicago we let him play in the backyard with our retrievers and play in the dirt.

“He loves the 20-year-plus Tonka trucks that once amused our son (his uncle and godfather now). He finds things like sticks to play with instead of a video game. He builds things with the Tonka trucks, roads and uses stones for buildings. He is amazed by insects, and leaves, the birds on the bird feeders, and the squirrels on the utility pole wires. Our second grandson was just born last week so we will have another potential outdoors man.

“I still have family and friends in the Central Illinois area and hope to introduce my grandsons to Banner Marsh and the waterfowl hunting in Fulton County. I think I need to pull out some old pictures and remind my oldest daughter (mother of the two grandsons) of when she played in the woods at Detweiller Park, swam in the Illinois River and rolled down hills filled with autumn leaves on Grandview Drive.

“God made dirt and dirt don’t hurt. Thanks for keeping the spirit alive. I also remember the countdown of days before returning back to school.”

FROM Phil Bjork:

“Reading the article of Mike Gilmore’s bass and potential debate of offical weight, I suggest he take his Berkley scale to Walz Scale company. They can check Mike’s scale with a certified 10-pound weight and measure how accurate the Berkley scale really is. Then, at least Mike will know exactly how much the bass weighed. He should be proud of that monster.”



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