Tried this lake this weekend. Floated out to the middle and tried some jigging with gulp. It worked back in the day. Caught 3 trout, two that were 10" and went back, one just sunk like a rock dead. The other one was a 12.5". Kept that one, tasted like grass. On a put and take lake it has nothing to do with overharvest, that is what it is meant for. It simply is not stocked like it used to be. This lake did get hit hard, but when it was good it always got hit hard. Funds for stocking have bottomed. Stocking undersized brook trout on a lake is not necessarily the best move IMO. No money in the DNR to do this stuff the right way so the biologists do their best. It is not important to those in charge, because it does not make money. Too bad its not foxconn.
Haven't fished McGee for many years. I wouldn't place the blame on the DNR as much as the people fishing who take every fish like they have nothing to eat. I'v seen this at White Lake and Moose Lake. People come off the lake with 4 inch blue gills and crappies. Everything is table food. Also 10 inch LM Bass. This year I caught one 20 inch Brown and last year 26&27 inch. No LM Bass to speak of or N. Pike. 30 yrs back I caught a number of 5 lb bass and trout and my largest N. Pike-16 lbs. they were all returned. Now if anyone catches the fish it is eaten and limits are a must.
My son and l fished McGee lake for many happy years but since the closing and restocking they have been all unhappy years. Only small baitfish and one very sick looking brook trout. The best trout lake in Wis. ruined. Why not restock with rainbows, one fish limit put and take? Forget the brook trout there are plenty of spring ponds to fish. DNR admit you failed and redo.