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.
The lake levels are higher than normal but, the water is clear, and vegetation is growing back rapidly. As we get into this time of year, Black Crappie fishing should start to get hot. In January, anglers have caught Crappie and Stumpknockers in Big Jones Creek on the northern end of the lake, and in Old Stove Cove on the eastern side of the lake near Coleman Landing. Fishing with jigs or minnows under a cork usually works well. Most fishermen drift minnows across the open water submersed grass. Also, Bass fishing should start to get better as the weather gets warmer. 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. Top water baits are also very popular among the locals. The key for Panasoffkee is to keep moving because there is so much habitat (submersed vegetation) that fish could be just about anywhere. Finding holes in the vegetation can pay off, as fish will often sit in or near these holes. Now that State Bass regulations have changed, there will be many more opportunities to keep smaller Bass which are in abundance on Lake Panasoffkee.
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): 37
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 4