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Updated May 13, 2018

  • This season marks our 20th year of owning and managing Rainbow Bay Resort.  Thank you to our loyal guests!
  • Leaves are coming out on trees.  Bass and panfish have been in the shallows on warm afternoons.  So far it has been a dry and beautiful May.  (May 13)
  • Benoit Lake became completely free of ice on May 2.  This almost marks the latest (May 3, 2013) that ice has departed since we have owned the resort.  Loons returned to the lake on April 26th this year.  The leaves are not yet out on trees, but that will happen soon. (May 4)

    This was our bay 2 days before the ice left.
  • We had new windows installed on the lake-side of units 1 and 2.
  • We had lots of snow this past April, but it has been dry the last couple of weeks and we have a high danger of wild fires now, with burning bans in place.  (May 4)

    On April 16 we got 13 inches of snow.  This was the last time I needed to shovel for the season.
  • I enjoyed some excellent ice fishing on area lakes.  Ice got up to 35 inches thick on some lakes. 

    I caught and released this 18-inch bass on a nearby lake while crappie fishing in late-March.

    With some friends, we caught some nice fish on a nearby lake in mid-January.
  • Lakes are freezing and anglers are fishing on some of the shallower lakes in our area.  There is about 8 inches of snow on the ground and snowmobilers are hitting the trails. (Dec 16)
  • Geese and swans were in our bay this November.
    Rainbow Bay of Benoit Lake with trumpeter swans and Canada geese, Nov 5, 2017.
    This was our bay on November 5th.  Those are Canada geese and trumpeter swans.
  • We got about 4 inches of heavy snow on November 4th.  It was all melted by the next morning.
    Snow on rental units of Rainbow Bay Resort, Nov 4, 2017.
    Snow on shore of Benoit Lake, November 4, 2017.
  • Jake and I caught and released this 43-inch musky on Benoit.  The fish took a spinner bait made for me by Ryan J., my nephew.  We were fishing over weeds in a pretty good breeze.  Thanks for the bait Ryan! (Oct. 1)
    Jake and I caught and released this 43-inch musky on Benoit Lake, Oct 1, 2017.
  • Big fish were biting in September!
    Martin V. with a 33-inch pike from Benoit; caught and released.  Sept, 2017. Martin V. caught and released this thick musky, Benoit Lake, September, 2017.
    Martin V. caught and released this nice pike and very chunky musky on Benoit Lake.  He was accompanied by Deanna.  Good job both of you!
     Dave R. with a good pike from Benoit Lake, September, 2017
    Dave R. caught some good fish, including this beautiful northern pike.  Bonnie was the net-gal and photographer!  Very nice!
  • Bass fishing has been good on Benoit and area lakes this summer.  Bluegill fishing has been ok on Benoit and good on some area lakes.  I've had some excellent fishing at the deep weed line for both gills and bass.  Guests have had some good pike fishing on some lakes, but it hasn't been great on Benoit this summer.  (August 8, 2017)

                        Ben and Jessica C. with a Benoit Lake crappie.

Ben, Jessica C., and I chased crappies on Benoit Lake one evening in July.  Jessica caught crappies for the first time in her life!  While it was only a modest-sized fish, it certainly still was a trophy!  Good job Jess! (July 5, 2017)

                                  Ben C. with a 17-inch bass from a Burnett County Lake, July 2107.

Ben caught and released this 17-incher from a nearby lake.  He caught it on a wacky-rigged worm in the shallows.  Nice job Ben! (July 14, 2017)

                                 Dave Caithamer with a 19-inch bass from Benoit Lake, August 2017.

I caught and released this 19-inch bass on Benoit Lake.  I was using a surface bait. (August 2, 2017)

                       Terry W. with a Burnett County largemouth bass, August 2017.

Terry W. and I got some nice bass on a nearby lake.  This one took a wacky-rigged worm from under the shade of a dock.  Terry released this bass. (August 7, 2017)

                         Dave Caithamer with a 9.75 inch bluegill from a Burnett County, Wisconsin lake, August, 2017.

Terry W. and I got into some nice bluegills on a nearby lake.  This 9.75-incher was the best one of our outing on August 7.  It took an ice-fishing spoon tipped with a piece of crawler at the deep weed line.

                         Dave Caithamer and Terry W. with a limit of bluegills they caught on a Burnett County, Wisconsin lake, August, 2017.

Terry and I ended up with a limit of gills by fishing about one foot off the bottom at the deep weed line on a nearby lake.  This was one of the best days of bluegill fishing either of us has ever had.

  • I volunteer to gather data on temperature and oxygen profiles of Benoit Lake for the DNR.  These profiles looked similar to those from other years in June and July.  I also collected water samples for analysis of phosphorous and chlorophyll in July.  I have not yet received any results of these analyses from the lab, however. (August 8, 2017)

                 Temperature and oxygen profile of Benoit Lake, Burnett County, Wisconsin, July 20, 2017. 

                          Sampling gear used to collect water samples on Benoit Lake for analyses of phosporous and chlorophyll, July, 2017.

This is the gear I used to collect water samples for analysis of total phosphorous and chlorophyll.  The water sample came from the top 6-feet of the water column.

  • Our prairie restorations have been particularly showy this summer.  Bumblebees and butterflies have been feeding on the coreoposis, bergamot, and now the goldenrods.  (August 8, 2017)

                            This tiger swallowtail butterfly was feeding on the coreopsis.

                            A monarch butterfly is feeding on a bergamot.

  • We've had a fairly mild summer with adequate rain.  (August 8, 2017)
  • Bluegill and bass fishing have been pretty good on Benoit Lake this spring.  Crappie fishing was excellent went they were in the shallows and spawning; since then the bite has been sporadic.  Northern pike fishing has been fair. (June 25, 2017)
  • Several muskies around 22-inches have been caught and released this spring on Benoit.  These likely were "fingerlings" that were stocked by the DNR in fall of 2016. (June 25, 2017)
  • Fishing has been good on some of the other lakes in the area.  Dave B. caught an 8.25 pound, 34-inch pike on a nearby lake.  I caught and released 4 bass between 18.5 and 19 inches in the first 2 weeks of June. These bass were caught on plastic worms.  Last week on a different lake I caught a limit of bass that were 13-16 inches; these fish were taken on swim baits.  I also caught some good gills in 7 feet of water; these may have still been spawning. (June 25, 2017)

                              Dave B. with a 34-inch pike he and Carolyn caught on a nearby lake, June, 2017.
    Dave and Carolyn B. teamed up for this chunky 34-inch northern pike from a nearby lake.  It took a spinner bait in weeds.

                              My cousin, Jim P., and I with a 19-inch bass we caught and released at a nearby lake, June, 2017.
    My cousin, Jim, and I with a 19-incher from a nearby lake that we released.
                    I got these eater bass at a nearby lake, June, 2017.
    I got these eater bass at a nearby lake by tossing swim baits.
  • In early-June it was warm and clear.  Since then, we've had some cool weather and rain. (June 25, 2017)
  • The wild lupines on our property were spectacular in early-June.  Recently the Coreopsis have been splendid.  Other flowers in our restored prairies will soon be blooming. (June 25, 2017)

                           Wild lupines on a prairie area we restored at our resort, June, 2017.
    Wild lupines have an interesting flower and leaf.

                Tiger swallowtail butterfly feeding on a coreopsis on a restored prairie at Rainbow Bay Resort, June, 2017.
    This tiger swallowtail was at the Coreopsis all day.
  • The oxygen and temperature profile of Benoit Lake looked typical for this time of year.  Oxygen was adequate for fish down to a depth of about 27 feet. (June 20, 2017)

  • It is shaping up to be an early spring.  Robins returned on March 24 and Benoit Lake became ice-free on March 30.  Overall it was a mild winter and ice never got more than about 16 inches thick on Benoit Lake.  There has been no snow on the landscape for weeks.  We expect loons to return anytime now. (March 31)
  • Zebra mussels were discovered in Big McKenzie Lake in October, 2016.  Big McKenzie is only a few miles from Benoit Lake.  The 2 lakes are not directly connected.  Zebra mussels are an invasive species that can harm lake ecosystems.  We are concerned that these invaders are so close to our lake.  We encourage all boaters and anglers to be cautious when trailering boats between waters.  These boaters should always completely drain live wells, bait buckets, and lower units when departing a lake to help prevent the spread of zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species.  It is typically impossible to rid a lake of an invasive species once it becomes established.  The DNR will be monitoring Big McKenzie and Middle McKenzie lakes for zebra mussels in 2017.  If you take your boat to either of these lakes, please be especially careful before launching your boat into Benoit Lake.  Thank you in advance for being extra careful!
  • State law prohibits smoking in motel and tourism rooms statewide.  The law went into effect on July 5, 2010.  Smoking is still permitted outside.  We ask that our guests please respect this new law and also properly dispose of their butts.