Jackson County

Ocheesee PondThis 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)


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Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.


TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch External link is FWC's citizen-science program that rewards anglers for documenting and releasing trophy bass 8 pounds or larger. The following TrophyCatch bass have been submitted from Ocheesee Pond:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 2


 Current Forecast:

Anglers should always be careful navigating in the pond due to the many exposed stumps and snags. Try fishing for bluegill 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. Largemouth bass fishing will slow down during the winter, but should pick up in February and into spring. Try fishing early morning and late afternoon along weed lines and cypress trees. Best baits include spinner baits, crankbaits, dark plastic worms or live shiners. One Largemouth bass over 8 pounds caught from Ocheesee Pond has been certified in Florida’s TrophyCatch program since the program was established during October 2012. Ocheesee Pond was stocked with channel catfish, bluegill sunfish, and largemouth bass in fall 2015 and spring 2016.


FWC Facts:
Bay scallops are bivalve molluscs occurring from New England through Texas. In Fla., they can be harvested in Gulf state waters from Hernando Co. to Mexico Beach Canal in Bay Co.

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