Ok, fine. My dillusion of shore fishing bliss is bit by bit being eaten away. Went to 'my spot' today to find two of them dag nab bucket guys sitting right there, not even fishing!!!
And they were older white americans, for the record
And worse than that, the park district yahoos have thrown more concrete debris into the waters edge, of course not on the golf course side of the fence where it would effect nobody, but on the public/fishing side where it makes casting out an even more challenging experience! This is making what very little fishable shoreline there was even more unfishable. I am putting two and two together and seeing that at one time Lake Opeka probably was a decent fishery (when the western, golf side was open to fishing as evidenced by the rather nice looking cement pad that extends somewhat into the lake on that side, presumably right off the 25' hole. But given the obvious lack of knowledge or perhaps concern by the DPPD it is all but worthless to fish for decent size fish with any predictibility, almost exclusively due to the fact that the drop offs and structure are indeed inaccessible except by boat. Which is what I am going to do this afternoon. I hope. Anyway, my report at this point is that unless you have a boat and are willing to pay the fees to launch it, you are probably better off not fishing Lake Opeka, not for a fee anyway. This is frustrating as it probably would be a fine little lake to fish. This may seem premature, but I have fished there tons this past two weeks and other than the posted fish have had zero luck. Plus, I just need to rant as I feel like i've been hosed!
(P.S. I've never once been 'carded' by a DPPD employee even though they have often been present)