Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Perch are common to Lake Metonga. Panfish, Largemouth Bass, and Northern Pike are also present.
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.
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