Ocheesee PondCalhoun County

This 2,225-acre lake is located south of U.S. Hwy. 90 at Grand Ridge and Sneads. Ocheesee has dark tannic water with approximately 90% of its surface area covered by cypress trees. There is access to the lake by taking SR 69 south of Grand Ridge (1.0 mile); turn left on CR 69A (5.9 miles) and travel left on Shady Grove Rd. to the ramp.

For local information contact Fisheries Biologists from the Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management, Northwest Regional Office (850-265-3676)

 Current Forecast:

Be careful navigating in the pond due to the many exposed stumps and snags.  In the past this pond produced some very large bluegill and fishing for these giants should be fair throughout the fall and winter.  Try fishing around stumps and snags in 3 to 5 ft or deep holes in the main section of the lake.  Best baits include grass shrimp, crickets, wigglers, or various colors of 1/16 to 1/8 oz. beetle spins.  Redear sunfish (shellcracker) can also be found in these areas using worms. One bass over 8 pounds caught from Ocheesee Pond has been certified in Florida’s TrophyCatch program since the program was established during October 2012. Largemouth bass fishing should also be fair throughout the fall.  Try fishing early morning and late afternoon along weedlines and cypress trees.  Best baits include spinner baits, crankbaits, dark plastic worms, or live shiners.  Ocheesee Pond also contains some decent sized black crappie; crappie fishing should pick up in late fall.


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