Busse Lake, Cook County

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8/8/17 @ 5:03 PM
Fishnsilly
Fishnsilly
USER since 7/13/15

Esix, turn your PM on.

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8/7/17 @ 11:40 AM
KenK
KenK
USER since 6/19/01

Most Cook County Forest Preserve Lakes get abused on a daily basis.  Garbage left everywhere and people keeping undersized fish.  Busse and Salt Creek are no exception.  It is sad seeing people who haven't got a clue trying to land and handle muskies without the proper gear.  One good thing is that the fish that go over the dam will survive the winter (if they don't get killed before) because there is always a constant flow going in the creek and it doesn't freeze over.  I live a couple blocks away and have never seen it frozen over.

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8/7/17 @ 11:31 AM
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esox81
esox81
USER since 9/12/11

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F

Went out to the Arlington Heights Pool across from Elk Grove H.S. yesterday morning and got blanked.

There were 4 or 5 guys out there casting for musky by 8 a.m.. One gentleman supposedly hooked one, and another had a hit. Everyone I spoke to out there said they've either seen or caught a few musky out of this pool.   

Has anyone else been out there lately and had any luck?

I've only been out there a time or two, and from the look of things, this spot is getting hammered with a ton of pressure. It's actually pretty funny as guys are out there firing big musky baits in every which way. These fish are seeing lures getting zipped by their heads all day. Eventually, they will become conditioned to seeing these lures.   

I also walked down the trail to the dam, and had no luck there as well. Water level is extremely low. Lost a bucktail, but that's about it. Anyone ever have any luck near the dam or even in the creek leading up to the dam? Water was shallow, but the fish that came over the dam had to get to the pool somehow.   

From what I hear, the Arlington Pool is supposed to be legit, but after getting blanked the past time or two and the pressure it's getting, seems like it's bound to get worse.

With the way some of the novice musky fisherman handle these fish, unfortunately, they won't be around long. Hopefully the musky in there will survive and eventually get put back into the main lake before the cold weather comes in.

Doubt these fish will be able to survive in this pool throughout the winter. Total bummer.

It could be a good fishery, but with the way it's treated by fisherman (on my way to the dam, I must've walked past 3 or 4 empty nightcrawler containers laying on the shore) and the DNR, don't know if Busse will ever get over the hump.  


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7/26/17 @ 3:02 PM
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Tribesman
Tribesman
USER since 10/19/09

MOON PHASE (14%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Fished 8-10 am today by Main Dam; caught few small bass, 1 crappie and 1 small bluegill on minnows under float.  Good luck!  

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7/9/17 @ 6:25 PM
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itsSimple
itsSimple
USER since 6/16/13

MOON PHASE (100%)
Waning Gibbous
Went out for a few hours this morning.  By 11 the lake was full of people.  Glad people were enjoying themselves with the nice weather we've been having.  Landed around 5 bass.  Only a few were keeper size.  Biggest was about 16".  Good to get out none the less.

Busse Lake, Cook County Photo
Busse Lake, Cook County Photo
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7/6/17 @ 1:30 PM
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steves1335
steves1335
USER since 6/27/17

MOON PHASE (94%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

On the kayak around 6:00 am, caught 5 bass by the main damn.  The bite died completely after 9:00 am.  Moving baits didn't work so I switched and caught all of them on a weighted texas rigged stick bait.

Busse Lake, Cook County Photo
Busse Lake, Cook County Photo
Busse Lake, Cook County Photo
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6/4/17 @ 10:37 PM
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DSwizzle
DSwizzle
USER since 1/11/15

MOON PHASE (80%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
Above 80° F

Was out on the kayak today in the main pool. Caught 5 bass, 4 of them around 2 lbs and the 5th was about 3.75-4 lb!! Lost a giant on a chatterbait. Not sure if it was a 5+ lber or a Muskie or Pike but she pulled. Probably the best day I have ever had on this lake to date. 

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5/20/17 @ 3:04 PM
FigureEight
FigureEight
USER since 12/7/06

Anyone know what time gates have been opening on Sundays? 

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5/14/17 @ 12:21 PM
RawFish7
RawFish7
USER since 8/7/08

Thanks hbk! Probably one of my best days at busse ever. Haven't been to busse in a couple years so it was a good start to fishing busse again.

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5/13/17 @ 6:57 PM
hbk
hbk
USER since 10/18/14

That was a very nice outing raw fish! Haven't done that good at Busse this year because the weather hasn't been so great but now since the weather is getting warmer the water is getting warmer also and now the fish are going to move up and it should get a lot better. Once again congratulations raw fish .

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