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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Popular fish species

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): 36

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 4


 Current Forecast:

Water levels in the river can fluctuate with seasonal conditions. Anglers can stay up to date on river levels by visiting the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s web page External link. Anglers looking to score bigger bass in the river should use live shiners. These lively baits can be trolled, free-lined, or fished under floats along aquatic vegetation. Top waters and rattle traps fished around aquatic plants or around snags and other woody cover should produce fish as well. Bream are bedding now and should provide steady action by fishing crickets, worms, or small artificial lures close to the bank in shallow water, and around woody structure. Anglers targeting black crappie (speckled perch) should have luck fishing minnows and hair jigs in deeper potions of the river. Big catfish are hitting well on live shiners, worms, and liver. Look for slow flowing eddies and holes to pick up big catfish.

FWC Facts:
The largest lake in Florida is Lake Okeechobee.

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