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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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We blanked at Emiquon!

January 05, 2010 at 06:38 PM

Well, this may be a first.

My buddy Gordon and I may be the first anglers to ever fish at the Emiquon Preserve and not catch a thing.

Ouch. We spent 2 1/2 hours at the fish-filled lake this morning, drilled 20 or so holes and never got a bite.

There was plenty of ice (6-8 inches) but no fish.

We fished everywhere from 4-14 feet deep with no luck.

Finally, frustrated, we left and went to a big, deep Peoria County strip mine lake where we started catching fish after 1 p.m. But we only had 3 inches of ice there, probably because of snow cover insulating the lake.

I still can’t figure out what went wrong today. But at least we’ve already got our permits for Emiquon for the year. We were Nos. 76-77. Last year they issued 3,900. Will be interesting to see how many are dealt out this year.

And I will return to Emiquon soon after it warms. No way a person can get blanked there twice, is there?


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