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Nationally known as a sport fishing destination, Jackson County waters are abundant in marine life, boasting world-record Shellcracker out of Merritt’s Mill Pond and dozens of species in the depths of Lake Seminole, which spans over 37,500 acres. For seasoned fishermen and novices alike, once the line is cast, you’re sure to get a bite!

Fishing Licences

Persons older than 15 years of age wishing to hunt or fish in Jackson County must obtain a license or permit. Licenses may be obtained through the County Tax Collector’s Office.


To obtain information regarding hunting and fishing regulations, call (850)482-9653. Boat owners must also register and title boats and trailers annually at the Tax Collector’s Office.

Ocheesee Pond

This 2,225-acre pond in Grand Ridge just north of I-10 is an excellent destination for fishing. While the majority of the pond (around 2,000 acres) is covered in cypress trees, experienced anglers have no difficulty in catching Black Crappie, Bluegill, Chain Pickerel, Largemouth Bass, and Redear Sunfish. 

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Lake Seminole

Serving as a centerpiece to an area rich in natural beauty. The 37,000-acre man-made lake has 376 acres of shoreline that extend into both Florida and Georgia.

Today, the lake is home to some of the best bass fishing, both hybrid and largemouth bass, in the United States. Anglers find their way to the lake all year, looking for the big catch, even on rainy, muggy days in mid-July.

Lake Seminole is home to three fishing tournaments a year, which bring 75 to 300 anglers each tournament.

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Blue Springs & Merritt’s Millpond

Merritt’s Millpond, a nationally recognized redear sunfish fishery, is fed by Jackson County’s Blue Springs. Merritt’s Millpond is unique, having incredibly clear and hard water, which supports a large population of snails, a favorite treat for redear sunfish, among numerous other fish.

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The Apalachicola River

Approximately 160 miles long, the Apalachicola River was formed on the state line between Florida and Georgia. This river contains nationally significant forests, with some of the highest biological diversity in the nation.

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Sneads Park

Enjoy fishing for shellcracker, channel catfish, and bass from the bank at Sneads Park.

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