One of the greatest things about our job is the beautiful places we get to visit when we are filming. This summer, the Fish TV crew loaded up the Tundra, hooked up the Lund, and headed into the Kawarthas to film a new Fish TV episode on Lower Buckhorn Lake.
We had the pleasure of being hosted by the Westwind Inn. This resort is fantastic! It is an all-inclusive vacation resort hotel/country inn situated on 60 scenic and peaceful acres. The resort is only 1.5 hours from Toronto yet you would think you were way up North.
The fishing was phenomenal and the variety was great. There was muskie, walleye, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappies, bluegills, and perch just waiting for us! Every day was a great day on the water! You can head out on a guided fishing trip or just travel around the lake on your own. The boat launch and docking facilities make it very easy to bring your own boat. If you don’t have a boat, there are boat rentals nearby or, if you choose, the resort offers free use of kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, or water bikes to enjoy. You can even book a boat cruise if you are just looking for some quiet time on the lake.
We chose to film a largemouth and smallmouth bass show and are we ever glad we did! The lake has beautiful structure from rocks, to islands, to underwater points so, being summertime we focused on weeds in about 5 to 8 feet of water. We looked for weed flats that had big holes in the weeds and we dunked flipping jigs for the largemouth and did really well and caught fish 4 pounds or better. When we went for the smallmouth, we looked for rocky points with weeds on them in about 12-to-15 feet of water and used a dropshot rig and also swimbaits and caught a ton of fish. If you want to fish a lake that has very little pressure on it, Lower Buckhorn is the one.
In our free time, we wandered around the resort and found that there are many trails for biking and hiking as well. Westwind offers a beautiful outdoor pool, hot tub, and a sandy beach for relaxation. If you choose to visit in the winter, there is skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and, of course, ice fishing!
The accommodations are wonderful with air-conditioned rooms, all with a scenic view. You can choose to stay in the lodge or the chalet and WiFi is available as well. The food at Tree Top Dining was excellent and the variety was great. We were well fed and looked forward to heading into the restaurant after a day of filming.
The Westwind Inn has something for everyone on beautiful Buckhorn Lake and when you get a chance to visit, you will not be disappointed!