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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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Spinnerbait catches a mussel

April 23, 2008 at 08:19 AM

Sure there are plenty of big bass in Spring Lake, located in Tazewell County. But when you throw a spinnerbait on the south end of that shallow lake you never know what you might catch, as Rich Guengerich discovered last week while fishing on April 17, 2008. Guengerich managed to hook this mussel that clamped onto his spinnerbait. No word on whether he was slow-rolling the bait or not.

This is the second clam I’ve heard being caught on Spring Lake this spring. The first was during a Peoria Park District tournament early in April. That mussel wound up winning the tournament critter pot. Guengerich’s bottom-dwelling mollusk didn’t win any money but was sure worth a few pictures.

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UPDATE: As a reader pointed out in a helpful comment below, this is actually a mussel and not a clam. But I like the word clam so much it’s hard not to use it. In the interest of accuracy, though, please substitute the word mussel for clam in the above post. Click here to learn more about mussels of Illinois.


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