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 (shellcracker) fishing. The pond currently holds the State record for redear at 4.86 pounds and until recently held the world record fish. Fishing 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. Due to an extended drawdown in 1994-1996 for dam repairs, bluegill and redear populations suffered, however, largemouth bass populations capitalized on the abundance of food in the 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.

Current Forecast:

Bluegill, redear (shellcrackers) and spotted sunfish (stumpknockers) fishing should be good throughout the fall.  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.  Take a stealthy approach in the clear water.  Fish crickets or worms around the eel grass beds for the best success.  Your best bet for largemouth bass is early morning and late evening.  Try a variety of baits, as the bass in the mill pond can be tough to catch.

An extensive drawdown is planned for Merritt’s Mill Pond to control the vegetation that covers nearly the entire north end of the waterbody.  The plan is to begin the drawdown on November 1 and begin refilling the pond on March 1.  The boat ramps on Merritt’s Mill Pond will be inaccessible during the drawdown.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the drawdown please contact the FWC Northwest Regional office (850-265-3676) and ask to speak with a freshwater fisheries biologist.

FWC Facts:
The sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) is Florida's official saltwater fish.

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