This 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.
The dredging project on this lake is finally complete, with over 9 million cubic yards of sediment removed and nearly 1,000 acres of healthy lake bottom brought back to life. Recent electrofishing data has shown a high abundance of small bluegill and threadfin shad after the completion of the dredging project. This abundant shad population has led to an explosion in the largemouth bass population, with high numbers of largemouth bass in the 1 to 3 pound range and also some nice fish in the 5 to 8 pound range. The Coleman boat ramp has re-opened to the public, as well, providing easy access to the lake. As we get into spring, 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 as the weather gets warmer. 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. Top water baits are also very popular among the locals. The key for Panasoffkee is to keep moving because there is so much habitat (submersed vegetation) that fish could be just about anywhere. Finding holes in the vegetation can pay off, as fish will often sit in or near these holes. Be sure to visit www.discoversumterfl.com for more information about Lake Panasoffkee.