Busse Lake, Cook County

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6/24/16 @ 6:19 AM
tinyfisher
tinyfisher
USER since 12/4/02
Correct, gasoline motor cannot be on the boat.

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6/23/16 @ 10:12 PM
jeff.georgalas
jeff.georgalas
USER since 5/5/11

Not positive, but I believe the motor can't even be on the boat.

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6/23/16 @ 8:09 PM
KCSD714
KCSD714
USER since 6/23/16

Can I launch my boat and just use the trolling motor or do I have to remove my outboard at Busse?

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6/20/16 @ 1:27 AM
hbk
hbk
USER since 10/18/14

Bustacap, where you hitting these bass at? All i been catching are small ones around 10 - 13 " range. Thanks 

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6/18/16 @ 8:14 PM
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torchd
torchd
USER since 5/24/12

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
I will say this first...... I probably WILL NEVER SHORE FISH BUSSE AGAIN!!!!!

Cold front rolled through overnight, temps were ~70°F, was cloudy all day and winds were blowing 10 mph to 15 mph


Me and a Lake Link member met up at Busse on Thursday and rented a boat. It was a perfect day considering the previous day it was 91°F and on Thursday it was ~70°F. I guess you could consider that a "cold front". Anyways, we arrived at 9:30 and we were on the water at before 10. 


We started off going down "bass alley" but the wind was too strong to have control. So we then went south towards where the South Poll spills into the Main Pool. I went 4 for 7 and the other guy unfortunately was skunked.

On the way to the spillway, we were fishing the eastern shore (great structure), and with the weather conditions I started off with a 1.5 square bill, he was throwing the same but I insisted that he try a popper since it was cloudy conditions. Couple cast with the popper and he had a blow up, but no takers. As we moved closer to the spillway I connected with my first LMB. As soon as we came off a point, I threw my square bill by a tree. lure hit the water and BAMB, a little dink. Continue on that same shore, about 5 mins later another little dink.


About an hr after being fish less with my square bill, I decided to rig up black and blue brush hog Texas style. Hooked up with a total of 5 fish, but only landed 2 of them. I hooked up with one, took me to the weeds and the hook popped off. One I lost boat side, and the big fish of the day, again lost at boat side. This fish was easily ~18" 2.25 lbs to 2.75 lbs. What gets me, the 2 fish that I lost boat side, my EWG hook (Gamakatsu) hook never "ripped' through the plastic, it was still in the body of the plastic therefore the hook point was barely in the fishes mouth. 1) I didn't do a strong enough hook set or 2) my hook wasn't sharp enough??


Anyways all in all a good day. I enjoyed fishing Busse from a boat and will continue to fish from a boat. Any takers on who want to invite me on their boats? :lol: 

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6/17/16 @ 8:29 AM
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Bustacap45
Bustacap45
USER since 9/8/09

MOON PHASE (93%)
Waxing Gibbous

Have not posted in sometime. But will start again. Been hitting a lot of Bass in the 2-3 Lbs. range.

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6/16/16 @ 1:11 PM
Brian87gt
Brian87gt
USER since 10/3/15

How deep? All were small? Thanks

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6/16/16 @ 10:49 AM
violettatalley
violettatalley
USER since 6/16/16
The crappie bite was constant by any fallen trees in deeper water.  I would suggest getting out on the lake in a kayak and getting closer to all of the dead trees in the water, otherwise, you are very limited. I was catching them on slip bobber with small 1" gulp minnows. 

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6/16/16 @ 10:28 AM
Brian87gt
Brian87gt
USER since 10/3/15

Was the crappie bite pretty steady? Or was it pretty spotty? Would one be able to catch crappie from shore, or would a boat or kayak be needed? Thanks

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6/16/16 @ 10:22 AM
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violettatalley
violettatalley
USER since 6/16/16

MOON PHASE (87%)
Waxing Gibbous
I fished the main lake and spent the most time by the north dam. Caught a 15" fat LMB on a pumpkinseed chatter bait with craw trailer on the weedline near the dam. Caught crappie near any dead trees in the water with bobber and 1" gulp minnows, nothing bigger than 8".  

Edited on 6/16/16 10:23 AM
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