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Updated June 26, 2018

  • This season marks our 20th year of owning and managing Rainbow Bay Resort.  Thank you to our loyal guests!
     
  • 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 lake.
     
  • 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 single hook.

    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 26)

    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 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.

  • 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)
     
  • 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 their butts.

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