Jackson County

Merritts Mill PondThis 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.


TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch 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 Lake Jackson:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 4


Current Forecast:

Bluegill, redear (shellcrackers) and spotted sunfish (stumpknockers) fishing should be good throughout the fall. 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 with light line, as the bass in the Mill Pond can be tough to catch.

FWC Facts:
Since 2008, our Fish Camp Program has expanded by 300 percent.

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