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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 Shabbona muskie

July 18, 2008 at 12:49 PM

This is always a tough time of year for muskie anglers. Yes, fish will bite. Yes, even big fish will bite, as you can see in the following picture of a 46-incher caught Thursday, July 17, 2008 at Shabbona Lake on a jerk bait. This is the best of several muskie I’ve heard about this week, with others coming out of Banner Marsh, Snakeden Hollow and Lake Storey.

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Problem is, stress at this time of year can take a toll on fish, even those that are handled properly. With that in mind, some muskie anglers head north to avoid the warm waters of Illinois. But when you can catch a fish like this, it’s hard not to want to wet a line.


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