Buckhorn and the Kawartha area is famous for the abundance and variety of fish species. Pick up your tackle, your rod and come on over. This is the place to catch that big one. Muskie, Small and Largemouth Bass, Pickerel, Perch, Crappie, Sunfish, and the Common Carp.

The many lakes in the area are alive with fish, whether you are new to the sport or an experienced angler, you are sure to have fun fishing some of the Buckhorn area's many famous lakes. In addition to family fishing fun, the Buckhorn area hosts several fishing tournaments a year.

For active discussion forums on fishing in the area, visit the Kawartha Anglers Forum.


Important M.N.R. Information

To see the latest information provided my the Ministry of Natural Resources for Buckhorn and the Kawartha region (Zone 17), please visit this webpage to ensure you are up-to-date on the latest laws and regulations.

Fishing Licence's:
Fishing licence's are required in all Ontario waters and are available at some of the resorts and businesses in the area. See our Business Directory.

A Fishing License (and/or the necessary Outdoors Card) can also be purchased online via the MNR website.

Boating Regulations:
If your boat is over a certain size, you must have on your possession a valid boaters license and the registration for the boat (similar to driving a vehicle). Start with this webpage to learn more.

Fishing Regulations:
Check with the Ministry of Natural Resources -

Walleye (Pickerel)
Opens the 2nd Saturday in May and one week later in the fast water area's.

Opens the first Saturday in June.

Smallmouth & Largemouth Bass
Opens the 3rd Saturday in June and closes December 15th.

Carp & Panfish (Perch, Crappie, Sunfish)
Opens the last Saturday in April

Local Fishing Guides

Chemong Lake Fishing Charters
Phone 1: (705) 292-5449

Web Site:

Chemong Lake Fishing Charters has several published articles:

Fish Species of the Kawartha Region

Smallmouth Bass

Largemouth Bass


Pickerel/ or Walleye

Rock Bass



Northern Pike
Common Carp