Merritts Mill PondJackson County

This is a unique 202-acre spring-fed impoundment with crystal clear waters near the city limits of Marianna. The lake is accessible off US 90 in Marianna by taking SR 71 north 1.1 miles to SR 164 for 1.8 miles and then south on Hunter Fish Camp Rd. to the ramp. Merritt's Mill Pond is renowned for its trophy Redear Sunfish (shellcracker) fishing. The pond currently holds the State record for Redear Sunfish at 4.86 pounds and until recently held the world record fish. Casting far from your boat, on cloudy or rainy days or when there is a ripple on the water may produce the best results when fishing in this clear water pond.

Special Regulation:  Redear Sunfish (shellcracker) daily bag limit: 10.

Redear Sunfish less than 10 inches in total length must be released immediately.

Contact - Arrowhead Campground; 4820 U.S. Highway 90 East, Marianna, FL 32446 850-482-5583.

For additional questions, please contact the FWC Northwest Regional office (850-265-3676) and ask to speak with a freshwater fisheries biologist.

 

Current Forecast:

Bluegill, Redear Sunfish (shellcrackers) and Spotted Sunfish (stumpknockers) fishing should be good during 2016.  Take a stealthy approach in the clear water.  Fish crickets or worms around the eel grass beds for the best success.  The fishing will really pick up during the month of March because the bream and shellcrackers will be moving toward their bedding areas.  As for shellcracker, remember the minimum length limit is 10 inches with the bag limit of 10 shellcracker per person in Merritt’s Mill Pond.  February and March is usually the best time of the year to fish for Largemouth Bass in Merritt’s Mill Pond. The Largemouth Bass will be preparing to spawn during February and should be making their nests during the month of March. Try fishing for Largemouth Bass with small plastic worms, floating frogs, and small lizards. The water is extremely clear in Merritt’s Mill Pond so using small-diameter line is crucial for any species you are fishing for.



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