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Sumter County

Panasoffkee Lake

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.

The Coleman boat ramp provides free access to the lake, and local fish camps can make for more convenient launching. As we get into October, Black Crappie fishing should start to get hot. Most fishermen drift minnows across the open water submersed grass. Last Fall saw a tremendous Black Crappie opportunity for anglers. Also, Largemouth Bass fishing should start to get going before the cold weather gets here. Shiners are a popular choice for many anglers. 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. Good places to fish are still “Big Jones” creek located at the northern end of the lake, and the southern end of lake at “Turtle “creek. Big Bass and big Spotted Sunfish can be found in both creeks. For more information, contact any of the local fish camp staff. They are always willing to point you in the right direction.

Popular Species

Popular Sport Fish Species

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.

More species information is available for:

Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Redear sunfishBlack crappie

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TrophyCatch Tracker

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): 73

Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 8