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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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Big blue cats on the move

October 06, 2008 at 02:51 PM

Seems like every other e-mail today featured a blue catfish. All the others were deer, but that’s to be expected. Actually, so are the blue cats. This is a good time of year to catch these whopper cats as they move up into coves to feed.

The first example of that comes from old buddy Paul Wolf of West Peoria, who caught the two following monsters last week while fishing a cove in the Lake of the Ozarks. He caught and released fish of 59 and 45 pounds off his dock.

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Next up are the highlights of today’s electrofishing survey at Powerton Lake. This also counts as Flathead’s Picture of the Week. Biologist Wayne Herndon hoists two blue cats that were “abundant in the main lake intake channel.” Both fish were right at 25 pounds.

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Finally, here’s a picture from Oct. 24, 2007 of Bob Stockstill from Mackinaw. He caught this 60-pound-plus blue cat at Greer’s Ferry in Arkansas.

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