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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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Snagger alert: The carp are back

July 22, 2009 at 08:40 PM

I knew Photo Joe would be out on the Illinois River quickly once he learned the wicket dam was up again at Peoria Lock and Dam for the first time in what seems like years.

And while the wickets have been up since only last Wednesday, Asian carp are already massing below the dam. That’s the word from Photo Joe, aka Joe Egli. Here is his actual report from today, when he was accompanied by Kurt Karnes (pictured above).

The carp are BACK - couldn’t catch them by the dam but off the rocks on the Peoria side deep! Took my buddy Kurt Karnes from Groveland on his 1st ever snagging adventure - managed a few 15-16 pounders.

So the snagging is not great and the big fish are not stacked up yet. But that will happen. For snaggers who have been waiting patiently for a chance to hook into some hard-fighting Asian carp, now’s the time to head for Peoria.

Snagging is legal year-round below Peoria Lock and Dam and you can launch from the Peoria side at the Mendenhall Boat Ramp, located south of Peoria. Or you can put in at Pekin and run farther up river.

Keep me posted on how you do. I’m going to have to get ahold of Photo Joe soon and get out there with him.




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