Merritts Mill Pond is centrally located in Jackson County. The dam, adjacent to U.S. Highway 90, is 2.5 miles east of downtown Marianna. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission public boat ramp provides full launching. It is reached from the intersection of U.S. 90 and SR 71, by traveling north on SR 71 for 1.1 miles, then east on SR 164 for 1.8 miles, then south on Hunter Fish Camp Road for 0.6 miles. Launching access is also available for a daily fee in a campground off U.S. 90 adjacent to the dam. Bait, tackle, supplies, and fishing licenses are available at bait and tackle shops and sporting good stores in Marina.
Merritts Mill Pond the dominant sport fish include largemouth bass, redear sunfish, bluegill, and spotted sunfish.
REDEAR SUNFISH, BLUEGILL AND SPOTTED SUNFISH – Crickets, earthworms, wigglers and catalpa worms are generally the best natural baits. Trolling small spinner baits is an effective technique for panfish.
LARGEMOUTH BASS – Shiners are the best natural bait. Blue or black plastic worms rigged Texas-style or yellow-skirted flutter baits are the best artificial. Floater/diver type minnow baits fished early or late in the day are also effective.
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