Fishing the warm water discharge

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Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby EricSignGuy » Jan Mon 27, 2020 6:50 pm

Has anyone been fishing the warm water discharge, south end of Busse Lake? I'm just looking for a spot to throw some lures around, maybe pester a game fish.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby catchafew » Jan Tue 28, 2020 7:38 am

Just search wwd and you'll find tons of posts.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby philkol123 » Jan Tue 28, 2020 8:28 am

what's wwd?
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby SmalliesNEyes » Jan Tue 28, 2020 8:52 am

philkol123 wrote:what's wwd?


Warm water discharge. Busse has one that allows you to fish open water in the winter, and in the past, lots of fish have hung out there.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby Rambler » Jan Tue 28, 2020 9:18 am

I haven't checked it out this year. But now that you mention it...
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby philkol123 » Jan Tue 28, 2020 9:44 am

SmalliesNEyes wrote:
philkol123 wrote:what's wwd?


Warm water discharge. Busse has one that allows you to fish open water in the winter, and in the past, lots of fish have hung out there.


Makes sense. Might be something to check out... where is it located on Busse? The dam?
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby aarogod » Jan Tue 28, 2020 10:54 am

Real close......Walk through a 50 yard path in the woods and you're there
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby EricSignGuy » Jan Tue 28, 2020 11:07 am

OK, thanks catchafew, didn't know that, nothing there since 2015 but I'll try it this week and post the results
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby joetrain » Jan Tue 28, 2020 12:30 pm

Fish here.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby philkol123 » Jan Tue 28, 2020 2:23 pm

You guys rock...
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby Rambler » Jan Tue 28, 2020 3:44 pm

To fish the WWD directly you need to cross the dam (upper right in Joe's picture) and walk along the bank to the south. You'll know it when you see it.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby Brett » Jan Tue 28, 2020 6:27 pm

Park in the high school lot and cross Arlington heights road. It will be 100 feet away, down a hill.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby Busse Jim » Jan Tue 28, 2020 10:57 pm

That area can be divided into 3 spots (north to south) they all have different water temps at this time of year and none freeze.
The main dam pool ( cold water low -mid 30s cloudy water)
The WWD ( never measured it but got to be 60-70s coming out of the grate, clear water)
And Arlington Pool ( 40s-50s? good vis water)

If your Jonesing to cast some open water in the winter, great spot, cool 8) morning fogs, also the many WWDs on the DPR
I've never fished it in winter but the earliest WCF busse posts are full of winter outings there.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby Woohoodude11 » Jan Wed 29, 2020 8:54 am

About to add a third way to get there. Enter via Arlington Heights rd, park in the circle, get to the path and you'll see a trampled trail that leads right to it (with a garbage can near the water, use it!). Caught my only Muskie outta that pool.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby dens228 » Jan Wed 29, 2020 12:09 pm

WoohooDude,
I've never made it that far down from the damn but may have to give it a go. How deep is the water down there?
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby Woohoodude11 » Jan Wed 29, 2020 12:36 pm

dens228 wrote:WoohooDude,
I've never made it that far down from the damn but may have to give it a go. How deep is the water down there?

It varies. You can actually see fairly well in the sat image the contours of the bottom. It's pretty shallow near shore but the middle I believe is a fairly deep bowl. The yakkers that may have gone down there might know better.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby dens228 » Jan Wed 29, 2020 1:40 pm

Thanks, I'll bring a variety of lures to hit my options there. Maybe one morning this week.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby Rambler » Jan Wed 29, 2020 6:34 pm

Watch out for 2 old farts who fish for muskies there. Both heavily bearded, retired union guys. One of them will BS you about how much he pays for his lures, reels, etc. Good guy anyway. :D
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby dens228 » Jan Wed 29, 2020 9:14 pm

Ha, the only musky I ever caught was working weeds for bass with a T-rigged Senko.........wouldn't that be funny if I did a repeat! LOL
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby Woohoodude11 » Jan Thu 30, 2020 7:43 am

Yeah the guys that go down there to target the 'skis are funny. You'll have a few people throwing jigs and neds, a few on the bottom going for cats and carp, then one guy flinging some 3 pound lure...SPLASH lmao
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby dens228 » Jan Thu 30, 2020 9:06 am

I'll throw jigs, and probably jerkbaits.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby aarogod » Jan Thu 30, 2020 10:39 am

Rambler wrote:Watch out for 2 old farts who fish for muskies there. Both heavily bearded, retired union guys. One of them will BS you about how much he pays for his lures, reels, etc. Good guy anyway. :D



oh I almost fell out of my chair when i read this...i've met one of these guys, told me and my buddy he was using a $600 rod...My buddy told me later he has the same pole, got it from walmart for $50
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby aarogod » Jan Thu 30, 2020 10:42 am

Woohoodude11 wrote:Yeah the guys that go down there to target the 'skis are funny. You'll have a few people throwing jigs and neds, a few on the bottom going for cats and carp, then one guy flinging some 3 pound lure...SPLASH lmao


lol - yep so true....fished next to one of these guys....was casting 3-4lb carp as bait....DID show me a picture on is phone of a 47" muskie he pulled out of that pool and i recognized a large brush pile in the background that is very recognizable in that pool...or was until everything flooded
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby Aux Pleins » Jan Thu 30, 2020 12:23 pm

If I had to guess I would say Fishdank caught around 30 skis from there last year. He works nearby and religiously fishes it on lunch break.

Rambler wrote:Watch out for 2 old farts who fish for muskies there. Both heavily bearded, retired union guys. One of them will BS you about how much he pays for his lures, reels, etc. Good guy anyway. :D


Biggest one I've seen out of there...

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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby joetrain » Jan Thu 30, 2020 12:25 pm

My only one.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby EricSignGuy » Jan Thu 30, 2020 2:18 pm

Nice fish, Joe, wish I'd seen you. 5 other fishermen got skunked at the pond this am.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby Rambler » Jan Thu 30, 2020 4:22 pm

EricSignGuy wrote:Nice fish, Joe, wish I'd seen you. 5 other fishermen got skunked at the pond this am.

Kinda doubt you'd see Joe there since he lives in NC.

Stopped there today for a look-see. Another old fart was just finishing up. He'd been there for 2 hours & got skunked.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby joetrain » Jan Thu 30, 2020 4:35 pm

That was from a few years ago. Caught it at the pool there by the school. My one and only Busskie.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby EricSignGuy » Jan Thu 30, 2020 4:58 pm

Got it, Joe, I misunderstood. Rambler, if you were wearing compact binoculars, I'm the old fart you talked to, lol.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby Rambler » Jan Fri 31, 2020 7:01 am

Small world ain't it?
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby Woohoodude11 » Jan Fri 31, 2020 9:26 am

This goes down as my one and only a couple years ago. Super grateful for the European guy that was just setting up to go carping and his net. This little guy almost got me to get some dedicated Muskie gear until I found out I can fund my bass fishing hobby for life with just one season of Muskie gear.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby philkol123 » Jan Fri 31, 2020 10:13 am

Woohoodude, don't worry about buying muskie gear. I've caught more muskie on a KVD 2.5 Squarebill than any other lure I own. I think I'm up to 5 total on the KVD, all on the Wisconsin River. Goal for this year is to catch one in Illinois so I will be on Salt Creek soon.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby Woohoodude11 » Jan Fri 31, 2020 11:02 am

philkol123 wrote:Woohoodude, don't worry about buying muskie gear. I've caught more muskie on a KVD 2.5 Squarebill than any other lure I own. I think I'm up to 5 total on the KVD, all on the Wisconsin River. Goal for this year is to catch one in Illinois so I will be on Salt Creek soon.

Yeah that was year 1 of "rediscovering" my love for fishing. I was fishing pretty much paddle tails and whopper ploppers exclusively lol. I didn't know better at the time.
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Re: Fishing the warm water discharge

Postby SmalliesNEyes » Jan Fri 31, 2020 11:14 am

philkol123 wrote:Woohoodude, don't worry about buying muskie gear. I've caught more muskie on a KVD 2.5 Squarebill than any other lure I own. I think I'm up to 5 total on the KVD, all on the Wisconsin River. Goal for this year is to catch one in Illinois so I will be on Salt Creek soon.


All of my skies have come on traditional bass spinnerbaits in 1/2oz and 3/4oz, and a medium heavy bass casting rod. I haven't caught a single muskie chucking big ass muskie baits on muskie rods. Only thing those have ever gotten me are sore arms and shoulders. :lol:
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