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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 gorgeous spotted gar

May 14, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Due to technical difficulties (in other words, I went fishing Monday instead of coming into the office) Flathead’s Picture of the Week was delayed a few days. But fear not, as always our famed photographer has provided a picture.

This week’s shot shows the teeth of a large spotted gar collected from the drainage ditch at Spring Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area by IDNR fish biologists. This fish was stocked into the new Emiquon Preserve water area near Havana. The spotted gar perfers water areas with submerged aquatic vegetation and clear water. One of the goals for the Emiquon preserve is to create a diverse native fishery that once existed in the Illinois River valley backwater lakes. 

Do you think next week’s picture from Flathead will be of him with the big gobbler he shot in Peoria County?

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