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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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Ever seen an orangethroat darter?

September 23, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Here’s another critter picture from Flathead. This is an ugly little sucker, if you ask me. More to the point, this is an organgethroat darter from Stark County.

Flathead says, “The orangethroat darter is a common small stream fish in the Illinois river basin. A large orangethroat is 3 inches in length. The darters and perches are fish in the family Percidae. More common fish to anglers in this family are the walleye, sauger and the yellow perch.”

From “The Fishes of Illinois” we can also learn that, “The orangethroat darter occupies riffles and pools of small creeks that have bottoms of mixed sand and gravel, and it is often abundant in prairie streams that have no marginal tree vegetation. It is a pioneering species that soon reoccupies formerly dry stream beds and ascends well into headwaters.”

OK. I feel like I’ve learned something today. But I still say it’s an ugly little sucker.

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