Citrus, Marion, Sumter, Levy, Hernando counties

This 157-mile stream originates in Green Swamp in Hernando County and flows north to the Gulf at Yankeetown. The stream has many limerock areas and associated swamps. Water levels fluctuate except in Lake Rousseau and the area just above the influence of Rainbow River. Water color is dark during the rainy season and clear during low water. Public ramps are located at S.R. 44 in Rutland, C.R. 470 north of Lake Panasofkee, the Outlet River west of Lake Panasofkee on C.R. 470 in Sumter County, C.R. 39 north of SR 200 in Citrus County, U.S. Highway 41 at Dunnellon and SR 40 at Yankeetown.

Local contacts: Anglers Resort Dunnellon 352-489-2397.


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Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.


TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch External link 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 the Withlacoochee River:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 38

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 4


Current Forecast:

Water levels range from being about the same to slightly higher than this time last year. Anglers can stay up to date on river levels by visiting the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s web page External link. Fishing reports have been positive and the river seems to have turned the corner from the effects of Hurricane Irma. Bass, crappie and panfish are all hot right now. Expect this trend to continue into spring. Live bait is working best for bass right now, crappie jigs for crappie, and crickets or small artificial lures for panfish. Panfish and catfish will take bait fished on the bottom. Larger spawning bass should become more vulnerable to anglers as spring approaches.

FWC Facts:
Five different species of snook inhabit Florida waters: common snook, small-scale fat snook, large-scale fat snook, swordspine snook and tarpon snook.

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