ABOUT ME, RICK DANIELS AND MUSKY FISHING
My grandfather took me fishing when I was a child, where we would row up (before the pleasure boat craze) the Holland River and fish for giant pike with big wooden plugs. Both my parents and my wife’s parents had cottages on the Kawartha Lakes, where fishing was my passion. When I lived in Durham region you would find me steelheading on one of the many streams. I operated a Salmon Charter out of Port Darlington Marina for several years with a 31’ Trojan Curser. I semi-retired to Chemong Lake 10 years ago where I have honed my fishing skills (especially Musky).
Chemong Lake is the hidden gem of the Trent System, it is off the main channel. Therefore, I feel (shared by others) it is severely under fished, especially for Musky’s. I find there is no best or worst “time” for fishing. Your chances increase however on the onset of a low pressure front rather than a high pressure front. Also, the proper equipment, technique and the right area helps. My choice of boat may seem odd, but not really. Musky fishing is best done with a fast zigzag troll with “rear” facing seats, almost impossible to find in a purpose built fishing boat.
My bow rider provides exactly that, “comfortable” rear facing seats, without a centerline (and stink) outboard motor obstruction. Furthermore, the boat is fitted with Humminbird fish finder and Garmin GPS units. Finally, if you pick a date during the week, rather than the weekend (heavy boat traffic), fishing may be better.
As a point of interest, I have been a member of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary for over 10 years. I started in Oshawa with The City of Oshawa Marine Rescue Association as a Search and Rescue Technician and am currently a Boating Safety Specialist in this area. I am also first aid certified and a licensed radio amateur: VA3VY.
My son Ken is an avid, successful fisherman and it’s not uncommon to find in tournaments on Lake Scugog and The Bay of Quinte. My other son Bruce, also a successful avid fisherman has caught quite a collection of Bass, Pike and Sturgeon on the Ottawa River. My daughter Angela was featured on a recent episode of “Mantracker”.