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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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A Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

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June 20: Picture of the Day

June 20, 2010 at 08:44 PM

Summer patterns for bass. What does that phrase really mean? And what does it mean “early and late” are prime times to catch bass.

Well, today the early part meant we had the canoe on the water shortly after 5 a.m., right as a storm passed to the north. Good thing, too. By 6 a.m. the bite had slowed markedly. Gordon Inskeep and I caught more bass in that first hour than we did in the final three.

Best of all, for me anyway, the frog bite was strong early. I love to just throw a frog on top of weeds and have fish come up in a splash to engulf the lure. Exciting to watch. Then it’s exciting trying to get the bass through all the weeds.

The lake we fished this morning in Peoria County is small, weedy and picturesque. And it’s home to some nice bass. Inskeep had the best today, a pair of almost-18-inchers, and we combined for about 30 fish. Or more. It was too early to count. Just time to enjoy a Father’s Day of fishing.

Most fish came on frogs, though I caught several on a Senko and a few on a Jackall flick worm rigged wacky style.

Inskeep caught his best fish on a Spro frog, including the one pictured above.

On the way home, I saw one of Elmwood’s famous foxes stretched out in someone’s blacktop driveway at about 9 a.m. Guess these foxes are really getting comfortable.

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Wild Things 6-20-10

June 20, 2010 at 03:29 AM

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Bison calves born so far this year at Wildlife Prairie State Park.

Friends of Rice Lake

Given the sad state of affairs in the Department of Natural Resources, a group of area duck hunters is considering starting a Friends of Rice Lake association.

The purpose of the organization would be to assist site staff at Rice Lake by raising money or donating other assistance. The idea is based in part on successes of The Friends of Sanganois group.

Anyone interested can send an e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or leave a message at (309) 686-3212.

Typo time

The 2010 Illinois Fishing Information pamphlet contains at least one error. Costs listed for non-resident fishing licenses are $7 below the correct price, which is $31.50 for an annual and $20 for a 10-day license.

Coyote kills fawn

In the midst of a very good fishing trip at Lake Shelbyville, Jim Hayden and fellow West Peoria anglers Bill Marks and Mike Powers were firsthand witnesses to nature’s cruel side.

While fishing in Lithia Springs Cove, Hayden and his fishing buddies saw a coyote chase and then kill a fawn that was trailing behind a doe along the bank.

“At first the doe ran off (with two other fawns). She came back but the coyote growled at her and she backed off,” Hayden said. “Then he dragged the fawn back up into the timber.

“That’s something I’d never seen.”

A happier experience for Hayden and his crew was catching 96 crappie in three days — most 12-inchers.

Dips of the week

A group of 13 Milwaukee anglers were arrested on may 21 for having 2,238 fish over their possession limit on Wisconsin’s Chippewa Flowage. Most of the fish were crappie and bluegill. The anglers, who were reportedly part of a Bible camp, currently face possible fines and restitution of up to $71,000 and a two-year loss of fishing privileges.

Gearing up

Sebile continues to rack up awards for its fishing lures. The Colorado-based company recently won three awards at a European tackle trade show: best hard lure for its D&S Crank, best metal lure for its Pro-Shad Spinnerbait and best accessory for its Soft Weight System. At last year’s ICAST show Sebile’s Spin Shad was best hard bait and its Magic Swimmer was best soft bait.

The next ICAST show is July 16-18.

This ‘n that

Plans are underway for a youth duck hunt this fall at Banner Marsh that will include free breakfast and lunch, door prizes and hunting. Stay tuned. ... Hooked on Fishing park in East Peoria needs volunteers to help youngsters learn how to fish. Visit hookedonfishingpark.org or call (309) 219-3560. ... The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing whether to continue farm programs at refuges across the Midwest, including those in Illinois.

 

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