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.
More Navigational Buoys Installed in Lake Panasoffkee; Water Levels Regain High
* After weeks of rising water, levels in Lake Panasoffkee are finally starting to fall a little.
* The Withlacoochee River near Lake Panasoffkee and Wysong has also reached its peak from recent rainfall and is starting to drop a bit as well.
* Both lake and river levels remain very high, however, and neither the rainy season nor tropical season has passed yet.
* Additional rainfall could raise lake and river levels even higher in the coming weeks.
* The Wysong structure remains fully lowered, allowing river flows to naturally pass downstream.
Lake Panasoffkee Buoys:
* Six more buoys were recently installed in Lake Panasoffkee by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
* A total of 12 red buoys now mark the three main cross trails in the lake.
* Each buoy has reflective tape that will illuminate it when shined with a spotlight at night.
* For better visibility during the daytime, FWC has indicated they will be installing white tape on each buoy as well.
* Below is a map that shows the locations of the buoys and boat trails across the lake.
* For questions about the buoys or lake navigation, please contact Dustin Everitt with FWC (Dustin.Everitt@MyFWC.com).