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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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.