Jackson County fishing stories are easy to believe. From the world-record Shellcracker out of Merritt’s Mill Pond, to the 79 species swimming the depths of Lake Seminole, Jackson County is a nationally known sport fishing favorite. From the boat or the bank, the winding Apalachicola River and Ocheesee Pond are equally popular places to drop a line for bluegill and feisty largemouth bass. Canoe enthusiasts can explore one of Florida’s most beautiful paddling trails on the mysterious Chipola River, or trade their paddle for an inner tube to splash down Spring Creek. River and creek beds alike often surrender arrowheads, mastodon teeth and other artifacts for the watchful eye.

Lake Seminole is where the lunkers linger. Behind the Woodruff Dam, the waters of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers meet in this 37,500 acre reservoir. Stumps and grasses provide hiding spots for large-mouth bass, shellcrackers, and channel catfish worth bragging about.

Merritt’s Mill Pond will have a draw down beginning mid-November 2019 with an anticipated duration of two (2) months pending no archaeological finds. The draw down is part of construction at Jackson Blue Springs Recreational Area and is a project that has been in the works for four years. Water levels will return to normal as quickly as possible at the end of the construction project. Click here for the anticipated timeline for repairs.