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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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Muskie are biting

May 04, 2009 at 03:12 PM

I have no pictures as proof and no idea what lures were working best. But muskie anglers have been reporting multiple-fish days in the past week.

Two hotspots I’ve heard plenty about lately are Lake Storey and Snakeden Hollow. Snakeden is a bit of a late starter in terms of its muskie, but McMaster Lake appears to be in full swing based on last weekend. Chad Jordan of Elmwood caught four fish, including 47- and 42-inchers.

At Lake Storey Chef Todd missed a big fish that spit his lure (who knows what it was) on Sunday. Only problem was, there were anglers everywhere. “Dude, it was a nightmare. Everywhere I looked people were catching crappie and walleye,” he said.

So I guess last weekend was the prime time to get out. I just didn’t realize the toothy critters would be biting, too.


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