Sumter County

Lake Panasoffkee

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:

Crappie fishing should remain good throughout the winter/spring.  Most fishermen drift minnows across the open-water submersed grass.  Also, bass fishing should start to get hot as the spawning season approaches.  Shiners are a popular choice for many anglers.  Fishing shiners here would be best under a cork since the lake is shallow and filled with vegetation.  If you want to use artificials, locals recommend using weedless soft plastics.  Texas rigged worms or swimming shad type baits would work well.  The key for Panasoffkee is to keep moving because there is so much habitat (submersed vegetation) that fish could be just about anywhere.  For more information on current conditions, contact staff at Tracy’s Point Fish Camp.  They are always willing to point you in the right direction.


FWC Facts:
American eels spend 10 to 20 years in fresh or brackish waters only to migrate hundreds of miles to spawn in saltwater in the Atlantic’s Sargasso Sea.

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