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Busse Lake

Cook County, IL
Cook County, IL
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Busse Lake is located south of Higgins Road (Rt 72), east of Route 53 and west of Arlington Heights Road, near Elk Grove Village, Illinois.
Busse Lake is 457 acres (Main Pool 325 acres, South Pool 115 acres, North Pool 17 acres) and has a maximum depth 19 feet and an average depth 5.5 feet. The lake was created in 1978 when Salt Creek was dug and dammed. The Main Pool and South Pool are deeper lakes that support excellent sport fish populations. The North Pool is an isolated lake and provides more of a small pond fishery. It is stocked in the fall with Rainbow trout. Fishing piers, handicap access, boat/kayak rentals, and live bait/tackle are available throughout the summer from a concessionaire. Concrete boat launches are available in the two larger impoundments, and a paved bike path with numerous parking areas makes accessing the lakes very easy. Boats with electric motors are allowed, however gas motors must be removed. No fish cleaning station is available.
Two pole and line only. Fishing piers, handicap access, boat/kayak rentals, and live bait/tackle are available throughout the summer from a concessionaire. Concrete boat launches are available in the two larger impoundments and a paved bike path with numerous parking areas makes accessing the lakes very easy. Boats with electric motors are allowed, however gas motors must be removed. No fish cleaning station is available.
584 acres
LAKE SIZE
19 feet
MAX DEPTH
6 feet
AVG DEPTH
20.4 miles
SHORELINE
686 feet
ELEVATION
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
Electric only
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Black Crappie
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Muskie
Northern Pike
Rainbow Trout
Walleye
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Busse Lake.
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FISHING OUTLOOK
BLACK CRAPPIE
Good GOOD
In 2013, crappie ranged from 5.8” to 10.9” long. Most crappie are slightly less than 9” long, but a few larger fish are present. Catching larger fish is dependent on finding suitable structure and fishing for them seasonally. As predator abundance and sizes increase, the crappie population improve. Site Regulation: 15 fish daily limit, no length limit.
BLUEGILL
Good GOOD
In 2013, survey data indicated bluegills approached 7.5”, but did not exceed that length. The increased predation by muskie and the abundant walleye and bass populations should help “contain” bluegill so that over time their maximum size improves. Bluegill abundance is good, but their maximum size could use some improvement and that takes time. Site Regulation: 15 fish daily limit, no length limit.
CHANNEL CATFISH
Very Good VERY GOOD
Catfish are stocked annually at 8” to 10” long to supplement sport fishing opportunities; fish up to 24” and 5.5 lbs. were recently collected, suggesting anglers targeting them should be in for a fight. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit, no length limit.
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Very Good VERY GOOD
Bass were collected in the Main Pool at a rate of 0.73 fish/minute compared to 0.38 fish/minute in the South Pool, but fish from the South Pool were slightly larger with several fish over 18” in the sample. For the lake as a whole, 83% of the sample exceeded 12”, 33% exceeded the legal length limit of 15”, and 8% were at least 18” long. The population appears to be stable and anglers targeting bass should be very happy. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit, 14" length limit.
MUSKELLUNGE
Good GOOD
In 2017, 96 muskie were “rescued” below the spillway and returned to the boat launch in the Main Pool; fish ranged in length from 23” to 42” long; to date the longest muskie measured by IDNR/County Biologists was 42” long.
WALLEYE
Excellent EXCELLENT
During 2015, we weighed and measured over 62 walleye during sampling and “rescue” operations; fish ranged from 13.5” and 26” long. 79% of those fish were longer than 18” (the legal limit) and 45% exceeded 20” long, so anglers targeting walleye should be very happy! Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit, 18" length limit.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Busse Lake
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY
Supplemental surveys to assess muskie growth, relocate muskie and walleye from below the spillway, and to collect samples requested by IEPA to update consumption advisories occur regularly. Fish surveys evaluating the overall fishery are regularly undertaken by either IDNR or FPDCC Fisheries Staff.

Muskie stockings began in the Main Pool in 2007; 100 of the original 840 fingerlings were implanted with Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags to track growth over time; in a separate project, the FPDCC has implanted several radio transmitters into fish to track movement.

The system receives biennial stockings of 800 – 12” muskie fingerlings (Main Pool), northern pike stockings were stopped in 2017 due to hatchery production cuts, 4500 – 8” channel catfish, and 20,000 – 2” walleye.

Approximately 19 species live in this system, including: the above mentioned, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, orange spot sunfish, white crappie, yellow perch, yellow bass, northern pike, black and yellow bullhead, common carp, golden shiners, white suckers and gizzard shad.

CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
Forest Preserve District of Cook County - Fisheries
708-403-6951
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Frank Jakubicek
815-675-2319
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