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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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How do fish get to the Fair?

August 13, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Ever wonder what it takes to get all those big fish gathered up for displays in Conservation World at the Illinois State Fair? Well famed photographer Flathead snapped the above picture while collecting fair fish in the Powerton Lake intake canal. And he offers this synopsis.

The fish on display at Conservation World at the state fair in Springfield are collected by IDNR fish biologists at several local lakes like Clinton Lake, Lake Springfield and Powerton Lake. At Powerton Lake, biologists gently back a boat into the interior intake ditch. This interior intake ditch is not open to public fishing and the fish become trapped in this section due to the inverse siphon that provides the water to the power plant from the main lake. This collection effort provided nice smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bluegill and blue catfish over 40 pounds for the state fair display. The fish are returned back to the main lake at Powerton after the fair concludes.


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