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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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Orange-spotted sunfish a beauty

June 02, 2008 at 11:15 PM

Tropical fish have nothing over at least two Illinois sunfish: the longeared sunfish and the above orange-spotted sunfish, which is the subject of Flathead’s Picture of the Week. Here’s his cutline for this latest photograph. “What a pretty fish. I could not pick my favorite picture. This male orange spotted sunfish was sampled at Anderson Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area. The orange spotted sunfish is common in several of the local backwater areas of the Illinois River in central Illinois. Banner Marsh, Rice Lake, Anderson Lake and most of the backwater areas that have an area of sand or gravel will have spawning orange spots right now. Not much to eat! A large orange spotted sunfish will be only 4 inches long. What it lacks in size, it definelty makes up with the beautiful colors of the male during the spawning season.”

Amen to that. Who could believe such a beautiful fish could be found in muddy old Rice Lake.


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