Oatka Creek (2001)
Fisheries Survey Summary
Oatka Creek, located in central Wyoming County, is stocked with about 1850 yearling brown trout over a 4 mile section from the state route 19 bridge in the village of Warsaw upstream to Rock Glen. This section generally has a cobble and gravel substrate, averages about 23 feet in width and has a flow of about 10 cubic feet per second in the summer. An electrofishing survey was done in 2001 to update the stocking policy. The late June survey showed that only about 15 stocked yearling brown trout remained in the stocked section, probably an indication of heavy fishing pressure. Additionally, there were a fair number of wild brown trout (110 adult wild brown trout/mile, 21 pounds/acre biomass) in the stream. The largest wild brown trout collected was 16 inches. No changes in the stocking are planned at this time. Although there are no DEC public fishing rights easements on Oatka Creek, access is generally good as the stream is paralleled by state route 19 with at least 5 bridge crossings, and posting is light.