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Delta Lake

Physical Features

Elevation: 550 feet
Area: 2,289.2 acres
Shoreline Length: 18.7 miles
Max Depth: 60 feet
Mean Depth: 22 feet
Town: Western

Access:

OPRHP dual concrete ramp site in Delta Lake State Park on Route 46, 6 miles north of the City of Rome.

Fish Species:

Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed, Brown Bullhead

Fishing:

Delta Lake provides a quality fishery for many species. Many anglers target walleye, northern pike, or bass. Jigging or trolling will produce good numbers of walleye in the 15-20 inch range, with fish approaching the 30 inch mark reported. Northern pike that exceed 45 inches have been taken. Smallmouth bass are more abundant than largemouth bass, but both species are caught up to 20 inches. Ice fishing for walleye, yellow perch and northern pike is popular.

Regulations:

Statewide Angling Regulations apply.

Fisheries Management

DEC Bureau of Fisheries historically managed the walleye fishery in Delta Lake by annually stocking fry. Surveys conducted in 2009 and 2010 found that walleye were spawning in the lake, and thus the stocking program was suspended in 2013 to determine if the walleye population could be sustained exclusively by natural reproduction.

Fall boat electrofishing surveys were conducted in 2013, 2014 and 2015 to determine the status of the walleye population. Of particular interest during these surveys are the walleye produced during years when no stocking occurred, as the occurrence of these fish provides an indication of the relative amount of successful natural reproduction taking place. Catch rates of young-of-year walleye (those produced in the spring of the same year) were very high in 2014 and 2015 - higher than most lakes in New York with self-sustaining walleye populations. Because of this, the catch rates of adult walleye are expected to improve by 2017-2018, and this should provide excellent fishing in the near future. If this positive trend continues, there will no longer be a need to continue stocking walleye fry in Delta Lake, and anglers will be able to enjoy catching naturally produced fish.


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