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.
Lake Panasoffkee has been famed for excellent bluegill and redear sunfish (shellcracker) fishing for many years. This year has produced big shellcrackers in recent years. Summer is a good time to catch bluegill on Lake Panasoffkee. 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 is tough in the hot summer months. Fishing in the eelgrass in open holes with soft plastics usually produces bass. Fishing in the deepest holes you can find is a good bet. Remember to cast long distances, because the bass spook easily in the clear water. Local fishermen like to use white or watermelon colored baits. FWC biologists worked with Sumter County and a private entity to promote fishing on Lake Panasoffkee. A total of 120 fish were tagged as part of the promotion and prizes were awarded to anglers reporting a tagged fish. This event is over, but FWC plans to support another fish-tagging event starting July 4th. Go to www.floridasgreatlake.com for more information.