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.
Lake Panasoffkee has been famed for excellent Bluegill and Red-Ear Sunfish (shellcracker) fishing for many years. Summer is a good time to catch Bluegill on Lake Panasoffkee. At a recent fishing derby, FWC biologists had observed some very heavy bream including Bluegill, Red Eared Sunfish, and Spotted Sunfish (Stumpknockers) caught in Jones Creek on the northern end of the lake. FWC biologists have also heard several reports of anglers targeting panfish limiting out in a very short period! 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 clear water. Local fishermen like to use white or watermelon colored baits. The lake is experiencing a recurrence of dense submerged vegetation, so use caution when navigating the lake.
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 Lake Panasoffkee:
Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 44
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 6