Busse Lake, Cook County

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1/18/17 @ 8:43 PM
t6waver
t6waver
USER since 12/18/16

Awesome, thank you Legend

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1/18/17 @ 6:46 PM
Legend Lives
Legend Lives
USER since 1/17/17

Correction it will be on your right side when walking down the creek.  

PS it's about that time were the walleyes start moving up in salt creek.  

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1/18/17 @ 6:44 PM
Legend Lives
Legend Lives
USER since 1/17/17

Yes.  Its located by the dam southeast of the main lake.  You enter there off of Arlingtin Heights Rd.  Take the bike path.  About 150 yards down you'll come up to a dam.  Walk down the dam on the west side and follow the creek down stream.  You will see it on your left hand side.   Very shallow and water is crystal clear. depending on the time of year you'll see bass crappie gills walleye and pike.  If you can get your bait in the discharge you be surprise on some of the bass walleyes and pike you'll pull out of there. I will most likely fish it Saturday morning 

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1/18/17 @ 11:13 AM
t6waver
t6waver
USER since 12/18/16

Prepping up for weekend fishing, i know its going to be 60 degrees or so, I heard that there is some kind of warm water discharge at Busse that is fishable.  Anyone hear of such a place and location of it?  Any inisight would be awesome.

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1/17/17 @ 8:02 PM
Legend Lives
Legend Lives
USER since 1/17/17

That's Clearwater Bay and there is a channel that intersects with the main lake. 2nd pic is the North pool.  I live a couple miles from the lake.  

Also there are some gaint walleyes in Busse.  

Busse Lake, Cook County Photo
Busse Lake, Cook County Photo
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1/15/17 @ 4:49 PM
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Gillerkiller82
Gillerkiller82
USER since 12/24/10

MOON PHASE (87%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
8 inches

Was out today from 10am to 1pm on the main lake. It's been a few years since I fished busse. Caught a 4" largemouth bass on a white glow jig and a waxie. Haha! Ice was at least 8" across the whole lake. Slow day out there, but a great day to be on the ice. Tight lines everyone!

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1/15/17 @ 3:16 PM
hbk
hbk
USER since 10/18/14

Does anyone know if there is shad in the main pool? Also what about suckers, white or black? And what are the best colors 4 Lures in the main pool or South Pool  or North Pool? Any information will be appreciated.

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1/8/17 @ 3:39 PM
utahman
utahman
USER since 3/9/03

It didnt have walleye when I lived there, but did have a lot of northern and bass,  and I caught a lot of both there. That north pool is full of weeds, very good for all fish. I think the problem on the other basins is lack of weeds. Very tough to have walleye in a lake when there area lot of northern. If it is legal try using a small perch or very small bluegill for bait they will outfish suckers ten to one. If you can get shiners that would help also. If you fish that north pool try to find spots right off or in that channel and scatter a few to the sides  to be in at least five to six feet of water. If you are in the weeds check the baits every ten to fifteen minutes to get weeds off. when fishing the other basins, try to find weeds, they are usually closer to shore, set tipups out at least a hundred feet apart strung out along the shoreline at varying depths like in and out a little from shore, in other words try to cover a large area.You would be surprised sometimes for some reason out of a bunch of tipups  the same one will go off all the time when you find the right spot.

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1/8/17 @ 11:29 AM
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leaddog721
leaddog721
USER since 12/17/09

MOON PHASE (81%)
Waxing Gibbous

Thanks for the background!! That's a big help. Ended up going to the main lake with my cousin, fished the area where it's swings around to go to the dam. Using spikes and crappie minnows, plus I had tip ups out, didn't catch anything.  First time I've ever been here so there's still a lot for me to figure out. Ice was much thicker than I thoughtit would be, around 8-10 inches. Really looking for some walleye, any pointers on finding them?

Edited on 1/8/17 11:49 AM
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1/8/17 @ 10:25 AM
utahman
utahman
USER since 3/9/03

That is the north pool. The water is very clean since the creek does not flow through there.Best place on the lake to fish. I was out there in the 1970's when they were building the reservoir.The creek channel used to go through that pool, from the west end it curves on a slow arc to the south end past that bump you see on the map. The creek channel used to go through between the parking lot and the " now" peninsula.If they hadn't dammed it up at that point there would be a big island.I fished it extensively summer and winter. If you punch holes going across you can find the deep channel. The channel is or was only 10-12 feet deep, and on the sides it is about 6 feet. Three of us caught about 400 gills and crappie in a week icefishing.The weeds never grew in the channel and you used to be able to see where it was in summer. If you were wading you had to be careful not step off the edge into the deep. In winter we fished out from that bump, deep water for crappie and shallow for the gills

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