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

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 Lake Panasoffkee:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 23

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 1


Current Forecast:

The Coleman boat ramp provides free access to the lake, and local fish camps can make for more convenient launching. As we get into October, crappie fishing should start to get hot. Most fishermen drift minnows across the open-water submersed grass. Also, bass fishing should start to get hot before the cold weather gets here. Shiners are a popular choice for many anglers. Fishing shiners here would be best under a cork since the lake is shallow and filled with vegetation. If you want to use artificials, locals recommend using weedless soft plastics. Texas rigged worms or swimming shad type baits would work well. The key for Panasoffkee is to keep moving because there is so much habitat (submersed vegetation) that fish could be just about anywhere. For more information, contact any of the local fish camp staff. They are always willing to point you in the right direction.

The lake is experiencing very low water levels and large amounts of submersed vegetation, so use caution when navigating the lake. FWC biologists are working with SW Florida Water Management to open trails through the vegetation on the lake to provide better access.


FWC Facts:
In one spawning season a female tarpon may produce from 4.5 million to more than 20 million eggs.

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