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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 Spoon River sturgeon

May 19, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Here is photographic evidence of a fish reported in late April out of the Spoon River.

At the time all we could tell you is that an angler caught a 4-foot sturgeon from below the dam at Bernadotte, which by the way has been a catfishing hotspot this year (though not now with all the high water).

In an update from the earlier post, we have been informed the angler in the Cardinals shirt is Cliff Miller from the Vermont area. The pictures would indicate the fish was caught April 22 at around 5 p.m.

Various biologists speculate this is a late sturgeon, though the pictures are obviously not the best.

Word is the fish was released and that a larger sturgeon was also see at the same time in the same location.

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Pretty cool catch.  Too bad we don’t have any “fish picture takin’ experts” to explain how that poor fish needs a bath before posing for pictures.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/19 at 04:21 PM

My sister-in-law caught a sturgeon at bdot as well but it was a little larger but around the same time it was released above the damn.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/19 at 05:19 PM

Evidently you are not familiar with the Bernadotte experience. I have enjoyed fishing there for several years. That fish WAS just washed and had on its’ “Drip Dry Ghillie” camo suit!! Great picture, and shows the great diversity of that fishery. 
Also speaking of the Bernadotte Dam area, it has probably one of the “Largest Tackle Collections” in Illinois. I know that I usually make substantial donation to the collection every time I fish there!!

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