Updated May 13, 2018
- This season marks our 20th year of
owning and managing Rainbow Bay Resort. Thank you to our loyal
- 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
- 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
This was our bay on November 5th. Those are Canada geese and
- We got about 4 inches of heavy snow on
November 4th. It was all melted by the next morning.
- 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)
- Big fish were biting in September!
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. caught some good fish, including this beautiful northern
pike. Bonnie was the net-gal and photographer! Very
- 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, 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 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)
I caught and released this 19-inch bass on Benoit
Lake. I was using a surface bait. (August 2, 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)
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.
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)
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)
- 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 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, and I with a 19-incher from a nearby lake that we
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 have an interesting flower and leaf.
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