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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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A Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

Rain, rain go away

July 08, 2009 at 10:02 PM

I don’t need any weather types to tell me this has been an unusually wet spring and summer.

All I need is my daily look at Kickapoo Creek, which once again looks like chocolate milk. I always take time to eyeball the Kickapoo when I pass over that Peoria County creek.

And this morning, it was looking pretty good. That got me excited, since I have a few smallmouth bass spots I’m itching to visit.

But just when I started pondering a wade trip, the weather changed. Rain fell. Hard. And when I passed over the Kickapoo this evening to come home, it was back to looking like a flooded stream of chocolate milk.

But know this: When that creek gets even close to ready in the near future, I am going wading. This is obviously not a year to wait for perfect stream conditions to get out.


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