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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 Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

Crappie still biting

May 31, 2008 at 07:12 PM

While I was in the midst of working hard today, my wife made the mistake of passing on a phone message.

“Gordon says the crappie are biting at The Roadhouse,” she said. After 14 years of marriage you think she’d know better. Within 20 minutes the eldest boy and I were off. And shortly after arriving we had a few keepers.

Crappie were indeed shallow at the Peoria County strip-mine lake we fished this afternoon. Very shallow. And in good numbers. Not many really big fish, but plenty of 9-, 10- and 11-inchers were available in the lake we fished. The only problem was bright sun. If we’d had clouds, I think we could have stacked up some fish. As it was, we caught enough before dinner to supplement our Sunday fish fry.

And I’m guessing those crappie will still be shallow Sunday, if you are looking to get out of yard work.

Also shallow today were bass, though they were not very cooperative. But the crappie were. So who cares if the deck got stained or not?

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