That is really great! I routinely fished there as a kid and heard stories of big pike in there but never have seen pics. Wow! I'm so happy for you, something about a big fish like that caught locally really make all those slow days well worth it. Maybe I will throw out some big bucktails in my pike lakes. Thanks for the C&R too!
I have always thought Opeka had to have good fish in it. It really doesn't see hardly any real action due to inaccessability (golf course, boating limitations, park pin, etc.) so there have to be good fish in there! And unless the Carp are taking over, the fishing should be quality if you can get to the better spots or have unbelievable good luck! If they built a fishing pier and enforced the pin thing strictly, it could be a fantastic little spot for sport anglers who just want to catch a few good fish now and again. Why I threw a bionic bucktail? I bought it for Delavan but for one reason or another we haven't made it up there, so I thought I would at least get it wet before the winter...
PS I wish I could get on Shagbark lake here in DP, those Musky from last summer ('05) have got to be getting pretty nasty by now! Anybody got a friend who lives on that lake!
Nice Pike man. Hell, why go to Delavan when you have that in your backyard. IL is tradionally horrible for pike, so that is one hell of a catch. Hands down the biggest I have heard of out IL this year 8)