Citrus, Marion, Sumter, Levy, Hernando counties:
This 157-mile stream originates in Green Swamp in Hernando County and flows north to the Gulf at Yankeetown. The stream has many limerock areas and associated swamps. Water levels fluctuate except in Lake Rousseau and the area just above the influence of Rainbow River. Water color is dark during the rainy season and clear during low water. Public ramps are located at S.R. 44 in Rutland, C.R. 470 north of Lake Panasofkee, the Outlet River west of Lake Panasofkee on C.R. 470 in Sumter County, C.R. 39 north of SR 200 in Citrus County, U.S. Highway 41 at Dunnellon and SR 40 at Yankeetown.
Local contacts: The Art of Fishing (Fly-Fishing Specialist) Hernando 352-637-3316; Anglers Resort Dunnellon 352-489-2397.
Flowing water seems to be a real magnet for largemouth bass, panfish, and catfish. Aggressively fished top water baits (Pop-R’s and buzz baits) fished at dawn and dusk hours will continue to be productive means for bass. Bluegill, spotted sunfish, and redear sunfish along with channel catfish will take baits fished on the bottom. Although water levels are up in the river be aware of the dangers of submerged rock piles and obey all signage.