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: Anglers Resort Dunnellon 352-489-2397.


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Popular fish species

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.


TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch External link is FWC's citizen-science program that rewards anglers for documenting and releasing trophy bass 8 pounds or larger. The following TrophyCatch bass have been submitted from the Withlacoochee River:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 38

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 4


Current Forecast:

Note: This waterbody may not be accessible due to flooding and other storm related events. For updated information please contact the North Central Regional Office at (386) 758-0525.
Water levels in the river can fluctuate with seasonal conditions. Anglers can stay up to date on river levels by visiting the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s web page External link. Anglers looking to score bigger bass in the river should use live shiners as the weather cools into the fall and winter. These lively baits can be trolled, free-lined, or fished under floats along aquatic vegetation. Soft plastics or worms fished in the shallows around aquatic plants, snags, or other woody cover should produce fish as well. Panfish should provide steady action by fishing crickets, worms, or small artificial lures close to the bank and around woody structure. Fish can also be targeted in and around aquatic plants where you can find them.

FWC Facts:
Scientists can determine the age of a fish by counting growth rings, similar to growth rings of a tree, on otoliths, the “inner ear bones” of fish.

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