Florida Fishing Regions

Jackson County
Lake Seminole
37,500-acre impoundment also called Jim Woodruff Reservoir near Chattahoochee. 8,000 acres in Florida, the remainder is in Georgia. Easy access and popular bank fishing available along SR 271 north of Sneads. Sunshine bass first stocked in 1975. Home of a former state record striped bass. Prime bass fishing in the spring. Best baits include spinnerbaits and plastic worms as the bass move into the shallows, or fished on the edge of vegetation. Good topwater fishing for bass later in the summer. Due to special regulations, anglers may keep up to 10 largemouth bass per day. Bluegill and shellcracker are caught in the spring using crickets and earthworms. Fly fishing is excellent for bream when the mayflies hatch and fall into the lake. Some large strings of speckled perch are caught in January and February using live minnows.

Merritt's Mill Pond
202-acre spring-fed impoundment with crystal clear waters near Marianna. Premier shellcracker fishing spot in the state. Both bluegill and shellcracker can be caught using earthworms and light tackle. Spring is the best time to catch shellcrackers. Catalpa worms are excellent for bluegills here. Due to clear water, bass fishing requires light line and tackle. Best baits include live shiners and plastic worms. The state record shellcracker (4.86 Ibs.) was taken from this pond. Most productive fishing days are when it's overcast with a slight ripple on the water or during a light rain.

Ocheesee Pond
2,225 acres, south of U.S. Hwy. 90 at Grand Ridge and Sneads. This pond produces large bream and bass. Handsize bream can be caught using grass shrimp primarily, and to a lesser extent crickets and earthworms. The bass fishing is good. Best time of the year is spring and early summer. Live shiners are excellent bait as well as topwater plugs fished at dawn and dusk. Some large warmouth can be caught around the base of cypress trees using earthworms in the spring and summer.

Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 10 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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