Lake Panasoffkee

Sumter County

This is a 4,460-acre Fish Management Area located by the town of Lake Panasoffkee. Panasoffkee is unusual; a true spring-fed lake, water depths seldom exceed four feet. I-75 runs along the eastern edge and C.R. 470 along the southern and western shore. A public ramp is available on the Outlet River, west of the lake on C.R. 470.

For more information on fishing conditions you can contact the Pana Vista Lodge at 352-793-2061. For information on other fish camps in the area, please call our Ocala office at 352-732-1225.

Current Forecast:

Lake Panasoffkee has been famed for excellent bluegill and redear sunfish (shellcracker) fishing for many years.  This year looks very promising for shellcrackers.  While electrofishing on the lake in February, FWC staff observed good numbers of large shellcrackers and bluegill, including one shellcracker that weighed over 1.5 pounds.  Lake Panasoffkee is a clear, shallow lake.  Therefore, sight fishing is the best way to locate beds.  Once beds are located, it is best to anchor just off of them so that you don’t spook the fish.  Fishing on bottom with a worm works well.  Bass fishing on Lake Panasoffkee has been hot this spring.  Fishing in the eelgrass in open holes with soft plastics usually produces bass.  Remember to cast long distances, because the bass spook easily in the clear water.  Local fishermen like to use white or watermelon colored baits.  If you are looking for some tournament action, check out the Lake Panasoffkee Big Bass tournament, which has a guaranteed $3000 pay out.  The tournament will be held on April 5.  Details can be found at


FWC Facts:
Bass have been known to eat snook, and snook occasionally eat bass.

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