Sumter County

Lake PanasoffkeeThis 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.

For more information on fishing conditions you can contact the Pana Vista Lodge at 352-793-2061. For information on other fish camps in the area, please call our Ocala office at 352-732-1225.


Popular species:

Popular fish species


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 Lake Panasoffkee:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 22

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 2


Current Forecast:

The water level has been lower than average in Lake Pan this spring, making the water extremely clear.   Largemouth Bass fishing has been productive this spring, with several trophy sized bass (8 lbs or larger) being caught.  Bass fishing will continue to produce throughout the late spring and early summer.  As early summer begins, Bluegill, Shell Cracker and Stump Knocker (Spotted Sunfish) fishing will start producing great results.  Panfish are what Lake Panasoffkee is known for!  Look (and smell) for Bluegill and Shellcracker beds in openings of the dense vegetation.   Worms, crickets, grass shrimp, artificial flies and poppers will all work on panfish.


FWC Facts:
Shrimping is done at night because at least two of the principal shrimp species harvested in Florida, the pink shrimp and the brown shrimp, are nocturnal.

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