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): 38

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 4


Current Forecast:

Reports from the upper portions Withlacoochee River (south of SR 44) have been mixed. In some areas, the effects of Hurricane Irma are still being felt. Angler catch rates for bass are low, however the panfish fishery has picked up as of late. Anglers are having the most success using live baits fished close to shore and around woody structures. In the Dunnellon area, black crappie anglers have reported success in the river near the mouth of, and up the Rainbow River; artificial lures have been the most productive. Largemouth bass anglers should target aquatic vegetation while using live shiners or plastic worms. Of course, snags and other submersed structures should provide hiding places for bass as well. Targeting woody structures and rocky outcrops with imitation crayfish lures may produce bass strikes.

FWC Facts:
The FWC operates two freshwater fish hatcheries: the Florida Bass Conservation Center in Sumter County, and the Blackwater Hatchery in Santa Rosa County.

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