Lower Buckhorn Lake is one of the Kawartha Lakes and also part of the Trent Severn Canal System that extends from the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay on Lake Huron, a distance of 386 kms (as the fish swims).
There are perch, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye (pickeral), crappie, carp and muskie in this lake.
The lake has clear water due to the invasion of zebra mussels approx 10-12 yrs ago which seems to have helped the musky fishery. There still is an abundance of weed patches which are prime muskie holding areas in the summer. There are also several rock drop offs & edges that make this lake one of the best for action. The average muskie is between 28-42″, with larger ones upwards to 50-52″ being recorded.
I primarily fish muskie, however walleye season opens before muskie on the 2nd Saturday in May and we celebrate it with a ‘boys’ weekend which we been doing now for the past 19yrs. We call it the Deer Bay Classic and have anywhere between 6 & 12 fishermen. Anyway, Muskie season opens the 1st Saturday in June and it is a long 3 weeks of walleye fishing til I start to hunt ‘em down.
I started fishing seriously for muskie in 1995 and after 15 years I still feel like a rookie and definitely do not know it all. I am confident that I can find them but that is no guarantee that I can catch one. I still love every second on the water whether I catch a fish or not. You have to have a high PMA (Positive Musky Attitude) when fishing for muskie as every small detail counts & if your just going through the motions you will not be as successful as you could.
If you’re planning a trip to the area, check out Lower Buckhorn lake. Send me an email & I would be more then happy to share more lake information or guide for you.
Remember…..Tight lines and Sharp hooks!