Busse Lake, Cook County

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8/17/16 @ 3:41 PM
trollin4swallowers
trollin4swallowers
USER since 8/17/16

Busse is a frustrating body of water. I live 5 minutes down the road and fish twice a week, and I won't hit Busse mid summer. It's too damn frustrating. If you're dead set on heading there again this might help:

1:When you're fishing near the damn troll the drop off directly across from the big fishing pier area. Troll small cranks in 8-12' FOW and run them around 6-8' deep.

2:If you're looking for good bass the best area is a spot the locals call Clearwater bay. It's the northeastern most part of the lake just south of Higgins rd. The weeds will be really thick right now, but you can get a scum frog or a Carolina rigged senko to work back there for sure.

3:Early morning you can find bass all along the fallen timber not too far from the boat launch in the main lake. Again, Carolina or wacky rigged senko works the best.

Your best bet is to hit the lake in early spring when the bite is on. You'll catch a grab bag of species and there's decent size too. Early season they'll hit just about anything, but by this time the weeds are thick and the fishing is sketchy at best.


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8/2/16 @ 9:39 AM
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ChrisOC
ChrisOC
USER since 6/11/14

MOON PHASE
New Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
Above 80° F

Started near the main dam at around 6 AM. Saw about 3 huge LMB swimming around the dam but man are they picky. Used topwaters, spinners, senkos, and even live worms and not a single bite. I also targeted Walleye and Muskie because I heard the main dam is a good spot for them. Has anyone tried fishing for Walleye or anything below the dam on salt creek and is it any good? Walked past the water discharge and saw a bunch of carp and small lmb. I also tried the main pool side of the south pool dam. Still no luck but saw quite a few bass jumping. Is it just me or is it that the fish are just picky as hell?

Questions for you guys:

Is below the main dam any good on any part of the creek or the pond?

Where do you catch these fish at near the main dam? I've tried and tried with everything all around that area and never seemed to catch anything.

Are the weed mats in the middle of the lake any good?

Thanks

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7/24/16 @ 1:59 PM
Ralph S.
Ralph S.
USER since 7/23/14

No, I understand.  You weren't the first to mention that to me over the past couple days.  The future of the muskie population in busse (and all over)  is definitely important to me.  Again, your point was well taken. 

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7/24/16 @ 10:36 AM
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lewa2702
lewa2702
USER since 6/4/13

MOON PHASE (75%)
Waning Gibbous

Again not trying to start a fight. I had one die on me at 78 degrees. She swollowed the entire bucktail and unfortunetaly took a bit too long to release. She swam away ok but just to make sure I came back to the spot just to make sure hour later and unfotunately she was swimming belly up. As tough as they seem they really do not take well high temps. Again season is open and its ones choice to fish for them. Just be aware of the fact that delayed mortality can happen hours or even days later.

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7/24/16 @ 1:49 AM
Ralph S.
Ralph S.
USER since 7/23/14
Unfortunately, I think lewa2702 is right.  Apparently these fish build up excessive lactic acid if caught in  greater than 80 degrees surface temp.  I honestly didn't know that before.  Hopefully the fish is ok. If lewa2702's intent was to be informative, then point well taken.  I'll hold off until it cools a bit.  

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7/24/16 @ 1:13 AM
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Cookie the Clown
Cookie the Clown
USER since 1/2/13

MOON PHASE (75%)
Waning Gibbous

Ralph fish all you need to. That guy is an idiot!! Water temp my ass.

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7/23/16 @ 8:21 PM
lewa2702
lewa2702
USER since 6/4/13

Ralphie. Not trying to be a ...But fished area lake week before and water temp was at 81. At the momement busse for shallow as it is has to be in mid 80s. Any fish caught at that temp is more than likely to die. So if u have any concern for fish that u target, take a break and fish for other species. Especially when ur shore fishing and fish is going to be out of the water for a long time. Way more than a minute. Guides are cancelling their trips so i can see u holding ur pleasure adventures until next cool down. Thx

Edited on 7/23/16 8:33 PM
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7/21/16 @ 2:17 PM
Ralph S.
Ralph S.
USER since 7/23/14

Thanks for the comment. Nice bass! 

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7/21/16 @ 8:53 AM
JSCATCHING
JSCATCHING
USER since 7/3/16
We fished 5 to 8:30 pm. Saw plenty of other fish and still missed a few that felt pretty big. One of the most productive days we've had at Busse. I've been to Busse countless times have had bad days and good days, just gotta keep casting don't get discouraged there are big fish hiding in all those thick weeds.

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7/21/16 @ 12:31 AM
JSCATCHING
JSCATCHING
USER since 7/3/16

Nice Buskie there Ralph!! I was out today fishing the main pool by boat did very well locating some largemouth with my buddy. We pulled out some pigs today! The fishing was good thanks to the moon phase.

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