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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 not-so-big blue catfish

May 19, 2008 at 08:57 AM

How much difference does hot water make to fish growth? Well, consider Flathead’s Picture of the Week (above) of Dustin Seidel, a summer intern with the Department of Natural Resources Division of Fisheries. The blue cat Seidel is holding weighs 11 pounds and came out of Canton Lake on May 16, 2008 during an annual electrofishing survey at the lake. This blue cat was stocked at Canton Lake from 1999-2001, at about the same time blue cats were stocked into Powerton Lake and LaSalle Lake, power plant cooling lakes. Anglers in those last two lakes are catching blue cats above 30 pounds.

Yet as Flathead points out, “The growth rate for blue catfish in Canton Lake is normal, not like the incredible growth rates seen in the warm-water lakes like Powerton or Lasalle Lake.”

Warm water makes big fish.

One other side note about Canton Lake. Flathead reports that as of May 16, “crappie and bass have not spawned and were still holding in deeper water.”

Hmm. Might be worth a visit to Canton Lake soon. Just don’t forget to buy a boat sticker, which are available at the campground on the lake.

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