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Benny the Bass

About Benny

Benny the Bass is a foreseeing fish whose annual weather prediction kicks off Winterfest in Buckeye Lake, Ohio. Unlike the traditional ‘shadow’ method preferred by landgoing prognosticators, Benny’s prediction is based on his breakfast. “I pour a bunch of minnows into this big tank with a live bass,” says Mike Fornataro, Chair of Winterfest, “Then people chant, Take the bait, spring can’t wait.’ The bass has three minutes to eat a minnow. If he does, it’s an early spring. If he doesn’t, it’s six more weeks of winter.”

Benny the Bass
Benny the Bass
Benny is a Largemouth bass

Past predictions

Year Saw shadow? Prediction
2024 Nope, no shadow Early spring
2023 Nope, no shadow Early spring
2022 Nope, no shadow Early spring
2021 No prediction. No prediction.
2020 Yes, saw shadow More winter

All 9 predictions