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FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Panasoffkee

Media contact: Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459 Release Date: 05-04-2023   All Articles Tags:

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control in portions of Lake Panasoffkee the week of May 8, weather permitting. The FWC will treat invasive hydrilla in the Sumter County Lake in areas where it is encroaching on beneficial native submersed aquatic plants and could impact access to navigation

To find out more about the herbicides being used and if there are any use restrictions associated with these treatments, visit and click on the “Plant Mgmt Schedule of Operations” under the “Aquatic Plants” dropdown menu.

The FWC manages hydrilla on a lake-by-lake basis using a collaborative approach. The FWC makes management decisions after comparing the benefits that low to moderate levels of hydrilla can provide for fish and wildlife, and the desires of various stakeholder groups against the impact this invasive plant can have on native plant communities, access and navigation, flood control, and management costs.

For general waterbody information, fishing forecasts, virtual tours, plant control operation schedules and annual workplans, boat ramp information, and more, visit the “What’s Happening on My Lake” website at

For more information about the treatment, contact Christina Dodge, FWC invasive plant management biologist, at 352-422-3178.