Opeka 5-26

Lake Opeka at Lake Park - Des Plaines, IL
General fishing information

Opeka 5-26

Postby Brett » May Sat 26, 2018 6:15 pm

90 and sunny, calm winds, fished 11 to 3. Drop shot gulp minnows, a white spinner, and the biggest plastic crawfish I ever threw, in go to Opeka colours, Texas rigged. Came from LTB. Action was slow, wondering if they've all been dying to do the nasty all spring and the weather this week got the party started. Drop shot had a half dozen nibbles with a dink to show for it. 1 for 3 on the craw. All 3 in the same spot and within a half hour. One I had drag pull on the hookset and lost shortly after. Felt big. Tightened it up nailed a 2 pounder or so.

IMG_26052018_181506.jpg
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
Brett
Ichthyoid Artimus
 
Posts: 1029
Joined: Apr Wed 24, 2013 10:57 pm
Location: Berwyn

Re: Opeka 5-26

Postby Aux Pleins » May Sat 26, 2018 7:33 pm

Clean opeka bass.
Nature and shit.
User avatar
Aux Pleins
Rex Rgis Piscator
 
Posts: 7125
Joined: May Thu 19, 2011 5:00 pm
Location: Gurnee

Re: Opeka 5-26

Postby Peter Piper » May Sat 26, 2018 9:30 pm

uh huh, I stopped at Opeka between 3 and 4. Not many peeps. I lobbed a worm on a small hook to catch bluegill at will on my ultra light. Sad sight was 2 young men that had some good gear were working around close to shore...…..yup....targeting the males holding beds. Maybe its me, I don't know.
Peter Piper
Game Fish
 
Posts: 199
Joined: Jun Fri 14, 2013 8:08 pm

Re: Opeka 5-26

Postby minstrel » May Sun 27, 2018 12:45 pm

Was out thurs and saw only 'gil beds and the large bass in like a foot of water just lazing about they weren't on beds they were just swimming listlessly back and forth. I of course tried to bounce a senko off their heads, but no reaction. I even poked one with my rod tip (they were that close) and it didn't move :roll:

I've seen that before and it's always equalled no bites. I moved spots, same deal. So, after diagnosing that issue I headed out.
User avatar
minstrel
Fishing Czar
 
Posts: 928
Joined: Aug Tue 13, 2013 4:37 pm

Re: Opeka 5-26

Postby Brett » May Sun 27, 2018 2:29 pm

I've got a swim jig in a bluegill pattern that is close to neutrally bouyant. Sinks like a foot every three seconds. Could probably use it almost like a jerkbait. Might be time to give it a try.
Brett
Ichthyoid Artimus
 
Posts: 1029
Joined: Apr Wed 24, 2013 10:57 pm
Location: Berwyn

Re: Opeka 5-26

Postby Brett » May Sun 27, 2018 10:51 pm

Hit it again tonight. Threw the craw from yesterday, on a similarly patterned jig this time, and the bluegill pattern zero g. One good tap on the jig was all. Girlfriend worked a dropshot with gulp. Lot of panfish nibbles but nothing caught. Towards the end I switched to a popper and had a quick 2 for 3. Had read an article on fishing the bluegill spawn and recommended top water. Didn't have a ton of confidence in topwater (outside of late summer DPR) so this was a valuable experience. Co angler had fun too, good sign.
Brett
Ichthyoid Artimus
 
Posts: 1029
Joined: Apr Wed 24, 2013 10:57 pm
Location: Berwyn

Re: Opeka 5-26

Postby minstrel » May Sun 27, 2018 11:46 pm

Good to have a co-angler. 8) It was rough (not to mention really freakin' hot!) out there.

I also had diagnosed a topwater would have been the thing as well but it was a long way from the car at that point, and if I'd gotten back I'd have wised up it was too hot to be out and gone home :P So I muddled through and called it early.
User avatar
minstrel
Fishing Czar
 
Posts: 928
Joined: Aug Tue 13, 2013 4:37 pm

Re: Opeka 5-26

Postby Woohoodude11 » May Sun 27, 2018 11:53 pm

Good job gettin on a few again. An Opeka outing is on my radar, but I've been so spoiled on these lower-pressured waters I've been hitting that its just sitting on the back burner. Keep up the good work on the reports from there. I'm counting on you and Minstrel lol.
Lets Go Sharks!

FB|IG|Twitter|Snap @woohoodude11
User avatar
Woohoodude11
Ichthyoid Artimus
 
Posts: 1458
Joined: Apr Thu 06, 2017 6:42 am
Location: Schaumburg, IL

Re: Opeka 5-26

Postby Peter Piper » May Mon 28, 2018 9:22 am

Well I am confused then Minstrel. Maybe the many solitary bass circling a multitude of odd shaped cleaned out areas all around the shore line were planted by the Opeka Gods to just taunt you. Further to your theory, we saw a few of those "listless" bass with marks on their mouths too. Maybe they chew too much Kodiak like me.
Peter Piper
Game Fish
 
Posts: 199
Joined: Jun Fri 14, 2013 8:08 pm

Re: Opeka 5-26

Postby Brett » May Mon 28, 2018 11:51 am

Mostly throwing jerkbaits 2 weeks ago to saving the skunk with a popper yesterday. Mother nature in fast forward.
Brett
Ichthyoid Artimus
 
Posts: 1029
Joined: Apr Wed 24, 2013 10:57 pm
Location: Berwyn


Return to Lake Opeka

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest