Updated June 26, 2018
- This season marks our 20th year of
owning and managing Rainbow Bay Resort. Thank you to our loyal
- Our spring rapidly advanced and turned to
summer. The bluegill spawn was widespread and obvious on
Benoit Lake. Bass and crappies have been active too.
Musky fishing has been a bit slow, although guests have caught a few
small ones. (June 26)
Doug took this 42-incher from Benoit. While it looks
impressive, don't let Doug fool you. The fish was
unfortunately found floating. It had no apparent hook marks so
we don't think fishing caused its mortality.
Tina and Mike D. had fun catching crappies and gills in early-June.
They caught lots of them in our bay.
- We had a strong storm on Fathers Day that
knocked the tops off of a couple of oak trees. Fortunately
there was no damage to structures. The storm dumped about 5
inches of rain and the lake level is up. (June 26)
- I collected data on temperature and dissolved
oxygen at different depths of Benoit Lake. Stratification has
already occurred and the thermocline (zone of rapidly declining
temperatures) is at about 15-20 feet deep. (June 26)
- Dennis R. and I fished a nearby lake and
caught some nice bass on soft plastic baits. (June 26)
Dennis R. with a 17-incher that he caught and released, on a nearby
- During my family reunion in mid-June, we
caught some nice fish on Benoit Lake. We released the best
fish and had a fish fry with some of the panfish and eater-sized
bass. (June 26)
Dad and cousin Jack have caught lots of fish together over the
years. This healthy bass took a plastic worm.
Cousin George N, myself, and Dad added these Benoit bass to our fish
fry for the week.
- At 91 years young, Dad still knows how to
catch fish! Somehow he managed to catch 2 bass on a wacky worm
rigged with only single-hook (not a treble hook). When he
reeled in the pair of fish, the line passed through the lip of the
first fish like it was on a stringer. The hook was then stuck
into the flesh of the second fish. I've never heard, nor seen
anything like this. (June 26)
These are the 2 bass that somehow Dad caught simultaneously on a
Dad caught and released this little musky. It was likely one
that was stocked by the DNR in fall, 2017.
- I ventured to a couple of area lakes in
early-June and caught a mixed bag of pike, bass, and perch. (June
The fish came from 2 nearby lakes in early-June.
- Ben has painted the decking on the main dock.
We've also replaced about 15 of the boards that were showing signs
of decay. (June 26)
- Robins have nested, fledged babies, and are
nesting again. Phoebes are also actively nesting. There
is a pair of loons on the lake and they are acting like they have a
nest in one of the bays. (June 26)
- Our prairie patches are looking good.
Lupines had a fair bloom and coreopsis are in full bloom now.
Orange milkweed has just started to blossom. We've found
several monarch caterpillars on our milkweed plants. (June 26)
- 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)
I took the kayak into the shallow bays in mid-May and caught some
nice bass and gills on small plastics.
- 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.
- 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)
- Zebra mussels were discovered in Big McKenzie
Lake in October, 2016 and then in Middle McKenzie in 2017.
Both of these lakes are only a few miles from
Benoit Lake but are not directly connected to Benoit Lake.
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
continue to monitor Big McKenzie and Middle McKenzie lakes for zebra
mussels in 2018. I hung a sampling device from our main dock
in May 2018. The device is a series of flat plates layered
horizontally. Larval zebra mussels are free floating and will
attach to a hard surface. When I pull the dock ashore in fall,
I'll inspect the sampling device for evidence of zebra mussels.
I'm told that they would feel gritty on the undersurface of the
plates. Hopefully I never find any. If you take your boat to
other lakes, especially Middle McKenzie and Big McKenzie, 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