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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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Why those top-water mice lures work

October 13, 2008 at 09:21 AM

Ever wonder how they came up with top-water mice and rat lures? Ponder no longer. This week Flathead has sent us a series of pictures that explain the mystery. This 13-inch bass was at The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve near Havana. Writes Flathead:

“This bass was very full, and as you can see it ate what appears to be a meadow vole. Maybe the mouse bass fishing lure in my dad’s tackle box was not a joke!”

Flathead also said his survey at Emiquon showed “a very strong largemouth bass population from 8 to 14 inches. These fish were produced from last year’s bass spawn and are growing at a good rate. The bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish and black crappie also had a very good spawn and recruitment this year.”

Sounds like we’ll be fishing Emiquon hard next summer. And bring your top-water mice.

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