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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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Illinois hunting and fishing

August 28: Picture of the Day

August 28, 2010 at 09:59 PM

The Illinois River is filled with fish like these. Still. Asian carp have come and have taken over much of the river, but the channel catfish have survived. So have the bass.

That they are still abundant in this river is a testament to its fertility.

And a reason to fish.

Another reason to fish came to the scales today at the Hamm’s Breading Mix and AAD Custom Boats and Welding catfish tournament out of the Pekin Boat Ramp.

Winning weight for 25 fish was an amazing 156.9 pounds, caught by Mark Farrow of Meredosia and Pete Deeder of Griggsville.

Farrow is a legend on the catfish circuit. As second-place finisher Tim Walsh of Danvers said, “That guy, he could catch fish in a hat.”


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