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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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May 26: Picture of the Day

May 26, 2010 at 04:18 PM

It was about time for a bluegill to be Picture of the Day.

This was one of several gills caught today when I joined Roger Woodcock and Rick Kimbrell of Farmington for an outing on a Fulton County strip-mine lake.

Early in the morning, the fishing was a bit slower than expected. Bluegills had appeared to back off the beds somewhat in the old strip pit we fished,perhaps bothered by storms the night before. But they started biting better as the day went on and the sun got high in the sky.

As is often the case for me, black and chartreuse carried the day, most in the form of tube jigs. But I did catch a few on the Electric Chicken, so maybe the fish weren’t all that finicky.


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