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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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Pike are truly prehistoric, with pix

October 02, 2009 at 06:18 AM

Ever wonder if northern pike are prehistoric? Flathead came through with all the evidence you need in this picture of a truly ugly pike sampled from Lake Candlewick on Sept. 9 during a routine fall population assessment.

Flathead called it “the ugliest northern pike I have ever seen. The eye on this side had an incredible wicked glow!”

While this one is an ugly rascal, I can tell you that fishing for northern pike ranks as one of my favorite angling pastimes. Maybe if I lived up north where they are pests I would feel differently. But since there are such limited opportunities for northerns here in Illinois, they represent a trophy to me.

And now should be a good time to target pike, which will be putting on the feed bag for fall. Hmmm. Maybe a trip to Spring Lake south is in order?

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