Lake Ozzie Cobb

By:  Don Groom,  Southeast Fisheries Supervisor. Phone (918) 297-0153

Location: Located 6 miles northeast of Rattan in Pushmataha County.

Driving Directions: From Rattan – ½ mile east on State Hwy 3, 3 miles northeast on Cloudy Rd, 1 mile north on N4295.

Recreational Facilities: Primitive camping and primitive boat ramp.

Primary Uses: Angling and general recreation.

Lake History: Lake Ozzie Cobb was constructed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1958.

Physical Description:

Surface area...... 116 ac.
Volume ............. 833 ac.ft
Average depth......... 7.2 ft.
Shoreline development............ 1.9
Maximum depth ....................  22 ft.
Shoreline length ...................... 3.8 mi.

Fish Species of Interest:

Largemouth Bass,  Bluegill Sunfish, Redear Sunfish, Crappie, Channel Catfish

Notable Characteristics of Lake or Fishery: Lake is easily accessible by boat. Access roads almost surround the entire lake providing additional bank fishing opportunities.

Regulations: Largemouth/smallmouth bass; six (6) combined per day / 14-inch minimum. Channel and/or blue catfish six (6) per day no size limit. Fishing limited to two rods and reels only per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing is allowed.

Habitat Types, Status and Improvements: The habitat around the lake consists of cattails, rush, lilies, and water willow. A large portion of the north and northeast part of the lake is very shallow. The lake has four marked fish attractors made up of brush piles. Staff refurbished these attractors in 2011. The fishing jetty was completed in 2011. Also in 2011, staff began applying aquatic herbicide to reduce excessive vegetation. In addition to continuing vegetation control, staff will focus on improving roads, parking areas and overall bank access. Access roads that did not lead to the water have closed due to littering/dumping.

Description of Fish Management Practices: Annual 9” channel catfish stockings will continue at a rate of 40 per acre. Future stocking rates and frequency could be adjusted following an examination of catch rates and growth rates during summer netting surveys. Total largemouth bass (LMB) abundance was low during 2009 electrofishing surveys. Quality LMB 14” and over are present in low to moderate abundance. A 7.2 lbs.,22” LMB was recorded as the largest of the sample.

Hunting: All forms of hunting are permitted during open hunting seasons from September 1 through spring turkey season. Hunting is restricted to shotguns and bows only. These lakes are closed to antlerless deer harvest, except during archery season. Hunting and shooting other than provided above is prohibited. “Closed areas” may be designated for purposes of safety and/or security.