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Lake Metonga, Fun for the Whole Family … for Generations to Come!


Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Perch are common to Lake Metonga. Panfish, Largemouth Bass, and Northern Pike are also present. Follow the link below for complete fishing regulations on Lake Metonga.

Crayfish Trapping on Metonga: Rusty crayfish traps have become more and more common in recent years on the lake. Please review the DNR regulations brochure (shown at right) for complete rules and regulations. Main points include:

  • Must possess a valid fishing license or small game license, except persons under the age of 16 (who do not need a license).
  • The entrance of the crayfish trap cannot exceed 2-1/2 inches at the greatest diagonal measurement.
  • Traps must bear the name and address of the owner and must be raised and emptied at least once each day following the day set.
  • Parts of fish and fish by-products including fish meal or prepared parts of such fish may not be used for bait unless: the fish were caught from the water being trapped, are minnows obtained from a bait dealer, or are used with written authorization from the WDNR. Other meats (e.g., chicken and beef livers) may be used for bait for crayfish.
  • Floats or markers used to locate traps 1) may not exceed 5 inches in size, 2) may not extend more than 4 inches above the water surface, 3) must clearly display the name and address (in English) of the owner/operator, and 4) must not be orange or any other fluorescent color.

Nuisance Fish: The Lake Metonga Association partners with the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community to harvest an over-abundance of bullheads that thrive in Metonga waters. These harvests are conducted under the supervision of the Tribe’s Fishery Biologist, Mike Preul. But, you can help as well: if you catch a bullhead and chose not to keep it for eating, please don’t throw it back into the water! Please 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. Why no love for bullheads? The concentrated number of bullheads does have an impact on the lake’s fishery. When the stomach contents of bullheads were examined, they were full of small perch, bass, walleye, and crayfish. Bullheads invade the nests of game fish and consume the eggs. 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.

The Lake Association sponsors a yearly bullhead roundup which typically harvests several tons of bullheads. These are distributed to area residents and to the Raptors Educational Group, Inc. in Antigo to feed the bald eagles and other birds being cared for at their facility.

Note: WDNR Regulation NR20.20 prohibits underwater spearfishing in Forest County waters including Lake Metonga. It is illegal to take fish using spears and spear guns by skin or scuba diving.

For specific fishing and boating information from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, please click the links below: