Updated March 31, 2017
- There is no size limit on
bass in Benoit Lake this year. The daily bag limit remains at 5 bass
- 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
- 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.
- I replaced the drain line from the fish
cleaning house. The old line had become clogged with scales.
- These eater bass were taken on soft plastic
baits one evening in August on Benoit Lake. (August 2016)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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!
- 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
- We again are offering locally made pure maple
syrup for sale.