Lake Info

Lake Metonga is a 2157 acre lake located in Forest County.  It has a maximum depth of 79 feet.  Visitors have access to the lake from public boat landings, public lands or parks.  Fish include Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and Walleye.  The lake’s water clarity is very clear.

LAKE METONGA ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN ADVISED THAT WDNR REGULATION NR20.20 PROHIBITS UNDERWATER SPEAR FISHING IN FOREST COUNTY WATERS WHICH INCLUDES LAKE METONGA

IT IS ILLEGAL TO TAKE FISH USING SPEARS AND SPEAR GUNS BY SKIN OR SCUBA DIVING

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Fish

Smallmouth Bass (Common)
Walleye (Common)
Panfish (Present)
Largemouth Bass (Present)
Northern Pike (Present)

Important Information

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Lake Metonga DNR Warden

Brad Dahlquest
1-715-478-5610

Forest County Recreation Officer

Steve Ashbeck
715-889-1102

DNR Tip Line

800-TIP-WDNR
800-847-9367

Signboard at our boat landings.

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

Unfortunately, Lake Metonga is the home to several Aquatic Invasive Species.  These invasives were introduced into the lake through recreational users.  Several other species have already been found in Wisconsin, but not in Lake Metonga.  Therefore, it is important to follow the Clean Boats / Clean Waters Initiative to protect all lakes.

Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM)

This year, 2014, we treated 14.9 acres and had a company hand harvest approximately 5 acres of EWM at the north and south boat landings.  In 2013, 60.9 were treated, in 2012, 58.3 acres were treated, in 2010, 39.5 acres were treated and in 2009, 81.1 acres of EWM were treated.  Acres treated are based on mapping done by our consultant Onterra.  We have been able to secure some grant funds to offset some of the treatment costs.  However, the association still needs to fund 35% of the total costs.  Our only source of income is through memberships, donations and fund raisers, please consider helping us control this rapidly spreading invasive.  Without proper treatment, EWM will make boating and recreation on our beautiful lake challenging.

2015 Treatment Sites & Map

2014 Treatment Sites & Map
2014 Hand Harvest Sites & Map

2013 Treatment Sites & Map
2011 Treatment Sites & Map

Zebra Mussels

It appears that there is no increase in zebra mussel density.  Five collection platforms are set out around the lake and the Mole Lake Fishery Biologist, Mike Preul is monitoring the calcium levels in the lake, densities and color changes in the shells of the mussels.  We know that the mussels have a 2 to 3 year cycle, but overall lake impacts are still unknown.

Rusty Crayfish

Rusty Crayfish have been in the lake since the 1970’s.  Although many people have enjoyed trapping and eating the crayfish for many years, they are an invasive species.  The crayfish compete for food with native species, as they eat fish eggs, aquatic insects, and also negatively effect aquatic vegetation.  The crayfish nearly decimated the native plant population throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Water Quality

Several times throughout the year, we study the lake’s water clarity and chemistry.  The testing is done in the deep hole, in front of the Beachside Bar and Grill.  Water clarity in our lake seems to be increasing.  This is most likely the result of the Zebra Mussels in the lake filtering out plankton which is needed for other native species to survive.  The data collected for water quality is posted through the Citizens Lake Monitoring Network, sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  Readings can be viewed here.

Lake Fishery Information, Provided by Michael Preul, Fisheries Biologist

Submitted by Les Schramm
Lake Metonga Association partnered with the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Tribe, under the supervision of their Fishery Biologist, Mike Preul, to harvest an over-abundance of bullheads that thrive in Metonga waters.  This assessment was the result of fyke-netting and electro-shocking surveys done by the Biologist and his staff.  The harvest began in May of 2008 and has continued in June of 2009.  Fyke nets were initially set, however, the bullheads weren’t moving into the shallow water so very few were captured in the nets.  The decision was then made to do electro-shocking.  In May and June of 2008, Mike Preul and his staff spent nearly 40 hours electro-shocking and harvesting the bullheads.  The captured fish were placed in holding nets and were later distributed to the local community residents, Raptors Educational Group, Inc. in Antigo and Lake Metonga Association members filleted and provided 250 pounds of fillets to NEWCAP, the local food pantry in Crandon.  A total of 12,000 pounds (6 tons) of bullheads were harvested during the period in 2008.  Each bullhead weighed approximately one pound; therefore, it is estimated that 11,000 fish were removed from Metonga’s waters.  A decision was made to continue the harvest in 2009.  Due to the cold weather this spring season, the bullheads weren’t moving into the shallow water, therefore, electro-shocking was delayed until the second week of June.  So far, 2,500 bullheads have been captured and the Fishery Biologist has set a goal to harvest a total of 5,000.  Has this concentrated number of bullheads affected the Lake’s fishery?  Yes, when the stomach contents of bullheads were examined, they were full of small perch, bass, walleye, and crayfish.  The bullheads invade the nests of the game fish and consume the eggs.  The juvenile bullheads feed on the common invertebrates, midges, worms, copepods, etc., which are also the food source for juvenile perch, bass and other game fish.

FISH ALERT  If you are fishing in Lake Metonga from a boat or dock and you catch a bullhead and chose not to keep it for eating, don’t throw it back into the water.  Dispose of it in the trash or bury it on land.  Also, if you see schools of young bullheads, try to net as many as possible and also discard in the trash or bury them.

John Preuss – Lumberjack Resource, Conservation and Development Officer
johnpreuss@frontier.com
715-369-9886

Mike Preul – Fisheries Biologist, Sokaogon Chippewa Community

  • Wendy Kranski

    Can you bring your dog to Lake Metonga? What if you keep him just in the park not the water?