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 water levels are normal this spring but, the water is clear, and vegetation is growing rapidly. This lake has always been famed for excellent Bluegill and Red-Eared Sunfish (shellcracker) fishing for many years. Anglers also can catch Spotted Sunfish, also known as Stumpknockers, in abundance. Fishing in the deepest holes you can find is a good bet. Fishing on bottom with a worm works well. Fishing in the eelgrass in open holes with soft plastics usually produces Largemouth Bass, which the lake is celebrated for. Remember to cast long distances because the bass spook easily in the clear water. Local fishermen like to use white or watermelon colored baits. Black Crappie are also being caught in better than normal numbers. Target deep holes or trenches along the shoreline to catch these popular fish with live minnows.
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): 41
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 6