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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 Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

Weather will dictate my spring

March 24, 2010 at 12:36 PM

For the rest of April, I am planning my work week based on the weather.

For years now, I’ve been stuck in the office on gorgeous April days when people caught fish and then been outside on miserable days when I froze my hands.

No longer.This year during the early spring fishing season I am playing the odds and picking fishing days based on the weather.

So far, I’m 1-1 in my picks. Last week I got out on a warm Monday and caught a nice fish. But I missed the best day of last week, which in my book was Friday. I heard all kinds of glowing reports from anglers.

So this week, I picked Tuesday as a prime day to fish. The weather was good: warmer and with less wind. To me that’s the key. It doesn’t have to be sunny, just stable, warmer and not too windy. Those are the days I plan to target. Later in the spring, as the strip mines clear up and the crappie get spookier, I will actually target cloudy days. But for now, I want warmth and not too much wind.

Unfortunately, the strategy didn’t work well in Tuesday. Chef Todd, Gordon Inskeep and I managed to not catch a fish in two hours of wetting a line in some pretty good Peoria County waters. I even cheated and had live minnows.

Whatever the cause for that momentary blip, it won’t deter me from following my plan through April. Now I just hope the weather predictors do a good job of helping me plan my weeks.



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