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Updated March 31, 2017

  • There is no size limit on bass in Benoit Lake this year.  The daily bag limit remains at 5 bass per person.
     
  • 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)
     
  • Anglers are driving trucks on to many lakes.  However, we've had some mild temperatures the past several days and much of our snow has melted.  The panfish bite has has mostly been good lately. (Jan 23)
     
  • Recently we've had very cold weather and all lakes now are covered with ice.  Anglers have started ice fishing on some lakes.  On the morning of December 18 we dipped to -24oF.  More mild weather is in the 10-day forecast.
    Our weather data from the morning of December 18 indicated a frigid minus 24 degrees.
     
  • 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!
     
  • Benoit Lake yielded some nice northern pike and one good musky in the fall.  Pictured below is Dave R. with a 43-inch musky and 32-inch pike that he caught and released.  I released the other pike, which I caught on a spinner bait at the deep weed line.
                          
    Dave R. caught and released this handsome 43 inch musky in Benoit Lake, September, 2016.

                        Dave R. caught and released this nice northern Pike in our Bay, October, 2017.

                          I caught and released this pike in Benoit Lake in October, 2016.  The fish took a safety pin style spinner at the deep weed line.
     
  • I replaced the drain line from the fish cleaning house.  The old line had become clogged with scales. (September 2016)
                         
     
  • These eater bass were taken on soft plastic baits one evening in August on Benoit Lake.  (August 2016)
                            
    The bass came from Benoit Lake in August.
     
  • The bass and crappie fishing was pretty good in July.  Lots of eater crappies were caught in our bay on minnows and by trolling small jigs in water 11-14 feet deep.  The bass bite in late-July was excellent on soft plastics near the deep weed line.  Bob G. caught and released this 17.5 incher using a wacky-rigged worm.  Good job Bob!
                          
    Dylan, Jackie, Peggy, and Dallas got these nice crappies in our bay using minnows under bobbers in early-July.  Good job gang! (August 1, 2016)
                
  • Dylan caught and released this chunky bowfin from our dock in early-July.  This bowfin is a male, as it has an eye spot near its tail.  Nice catch! (August 1, 2016)
                                 
     
  • Our prairie flowers are looking really nice this summer.  These black-eyed Susans were at their peak in mid-July.  Bergamots are blooming now and goldenrods and asters will be blooming in September.  (August 1, 2016)
                     
     
  • I volunteer and monitor the temperature and dissolved oxygen profiles on Benoit Lake.  In late-July, we had good oxygen levels down to 15 feet.  Even at 20 feet there was about 2.0 ppm.  The thermocline was also around 15 feet deep.
                    
     
  • A major storm struck northwestern Wisconsin on the evening of July 11.  We measured 6.5 inches of rain during the 6 hour storm.  Other nearby areas received over 10 inches of rain during the 6-hour storm.  Several roads to our north were damaged and 4 people were killed.  A large oak fell on our neighbors' house.  Fortunately at our resort we only suffered some damage to the driveway, which we immediately repaired.
     
  • A few bluegills remain on spawning beds, but the spawn is essentially over.  I expect that they will be found in deeper areas now.  (June 30, 2016)
     
  • Jake and I caught and released some nice fish at lakes in our area.  The bass was 20 inches and was taken on a stick worm rigged wacky style.  It was near cabbage weeds in 6 feet of water.   The pike was 30 inches and was caught on a large spinner bait in 11 feet of water. (June 30, 2016)
                                    Dave C. with a 20-inch bass from a Burnett County Lake, June, 2016.

                                    Jacob C. with a 30-inch pike from a nearby lake, June, 2016.
     
  • The temperature and oxygen profile of Benoit Lake is similar to those of the previous 3 years.  There is adequate oxygen for fish down to about 25 feet. (June 30, 2016)
                      
     
  • Alfred R. and Vic R. caught these 27 and 25 inch pike in our lake.  One was caught on a spinner bait and the other on a crappie minnow.  Nice job guys! (June 19, 2016)

                    Alfred R. and Vic R. with 27 and 25 inch pike they caught in Benoit Lake, June, 2016.

  • The fishing has been good for panfish and bass on Benoit Lake in late-May and early-June.  The crappie bite was good in May on Benoit Lake.  Lots of 9-12 inch crappies were caught in the shallow bays.  The bass bite has also been good with many 12-15 inch bass caught on soft plastics.  During my family reunion, Jack N. won the Best Fish contest with a 19-inch largemouth.  Good job Jack!   Lots of bluegills were on spawning beds in early-June.  (June 12, 2016)

                                    Jack N. with a 19-inch bass he caught and released on Benoit Lake, June 2016.

                     Dave and George C with a healthy bass caught and released on Benoit Lake, June, 2016.

                     The UW-Barron County Fishing Club paid a visit to our lake on May 20.  We caught these mostly in a shallow bay using minnows under a bobber.

                                        Jake C. with a 17 inch bass he caught and released on Benoit Lake, May 2016.  He was using a soft plastic bait in a shallow bay.

  • In late-May, my cousins George C., George C., and Mark C. caught and released some lunkers at a nearby lake.  Mostly they used soft plastic baits.  These were some nice fish!  (May30, 2016)

                                 Mark C. with a beautiful bass he caught and released at a nearby lake, May, 2016.

                                  George C. with another nice bass he caught and released at a nearby lake, May, 2016.

                                   George C. also caught some beauties at a nearby lake.  This one was released.  May, 2016.

          

  • 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.
     
  • We again are offering locally made pure maple syrup for sale.
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