Going to Lake Metonga for the first week of June. Cannot find much information on fishing guides. Does anyone have any recommendations?
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UWphoto, if you check the DNR website, you'll notice a 10 year span of no stocking from '01-'11 on LVD. All stocking prior to 2016 was with fry or -2" yearling. Last fall, in addition to 850,000 fry, over 50,000 extended growth walleye ( 7-8") were stocked. Survival rates on those fish should be over 20 percent. That should be a shot in the arm for LVD.
I heard that the quota was about the same as last year, a little over a thousand and they filled their quota middle of last week (this is unofficial, just word of mouth, nobody seemed to know the exact numbers). I was test driving my new boat this weekend and the surface temp was already 47+ degrees. Saw a few big perch in 6-8 feet of water. Put the dock in without waders and it was not bad, did not get that immediate cold water burn on Friday evening. Good luck to all on the opener.
LVD has been stocked with walleye virtually every since 1973. That's 40 years of continuous walleye stocking. This shows that stocking isn't the solution. You don't need more stocked fish, you need more NR fish to survive their first year.
That may be true about the natural reproduction. But if you have ever fished Lac Vieux desert years ago that lake had a ton of walleyes. If you seen the Wisconsin outdoor newspaper last issue what had happened there. The reproduction is almost nothing on that lake now. I believe this could happen here too. All you need is a couple bad years of spawning. That is why I said the walleye wagon placed on the lake would be the same Metonga walleyes going back in. I'm sure nobody thought that would have happened to Lac Vieuix Desert but it did. I'm not no DNR guy or Biologist just my opinion.
Supplemental stocking is a management too that certainly has its place, but currently Metonga doesn't need it. Lake Metonga has exceptional natural reproduction of walleye. As a rule, you never want to stock on top of good naturally sustaining fish populations. Since the WDNR reduced the black bullhead numbers, the walleye recruitment on Metonga is one of the highest in the region. This is not a lake that's in trouble. It's actually a lake the WDNR regards as one of their success stories.
I wonder if the DNR or Walleyes for Ever wouldn't be better fyke netting these fish, milking the males and collecting the eggs from the females. set up one of those walleye wagons. Then give the walleye qouta to them. I just can't believe we get enough walleyes back in the lakes with with spearing ,fishing and the bass and other predators in the lake. I understand we can't do this on every lake but these larger lakes that get several thousand walleyes taken. That's millions of fry if not more that never get back in the system. They started doing. The walleye wagon on a local lake down south and it has made a big comeback. In sure they want to spear fish but maybe they won't have to do as many. This is probably a dumb idea. It just a thought.