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.
The upper Withlacoochee (upriver of SR 200) has been very good for panfish. Both bluegill and redear sunfish have been active and biting. Bluegill are being caught consistently using grass shrimp, while redear sunfish are being caught fishing worms or crickets near the bottom around hard structure. Bass fishermen should target the shallow backwater areas or the river using frogs and rattletraps. Look for signs of bedding and target these areas. For those looking for some clear water, take a trip up the Rainbow River. This beautiful, spring fed river has plenty of quality habitat and good fishing too.
TrophyCatch 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): 39
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 5