Hey man, I fish lake metonga that is located in my home town. And in the winter time I catch some nice perch. But my bread and butter is lake gogebic for perch. I can take you out free of charge on either body's of water to catch the hog perch. My number is 7158893584.
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saw a pic at Lax taxidermy of 2 tank perch from this lake...thought they came out of Gogebic...16 & three quarter inch with a 15 inch kicker...holy crap! Fat girls for sure!..This lake sounds like it has made a fantastic comeback
So, if I understand correctly, recruitment index, is the number of walleye that survive the first year. Glad to hear it's doing well on Metonga. I have lived on Metonga for the past few years and any information on how the lake is managed is welcome, thank you.
The metric you want to look at is recruitment. How many walleyes survive their first summer-- This has been studied carefully in Metonga for a long time. The natural recruitment index (catch per mile) of age 0 walleyes in 1996 was 10.6. It had dropped to 0.6 by 2003, climbed to 3.8 in 2007; 45.9 in 2011, and reached a whopping 70.1 in 2014. This is crazy high natural recruitment for a walleye lake in Wisconsin. You can always create artificially high numbers of fish with bio manipulation (heavy stocking), but these are NR fish which is pretty amazing. There aren't many walleye lakes in northern Wisconsin that have natural recruitment on a scale like this. While it's nice to look at the abundance numbers, the recruitment indices tell you what future abundance is likely to look like. In this lake, at this time, walleye recruitment is at historic highs.
If this lake is a DNR success story, I would hate to see their failures. A couple years ago the Walleye population was 4.9 per acre. Now after all the spearing the last few years, it's less than 2.9 per acre. My idea of success goes the other way. If you like perch fishing, it's ok, but far from outstanding.