Sumter County and the Sumter County Tourism Development Council will hold its third annual ‘General Sumter’s Last Stand – Big Fish Bass Tournament’ at Lake Panasoffkee, Saturday, April 2th. The tournament will promote Sumter County tourism and is expected to draw visitors and locals alike. The top prize is $3000, with an additional $10,000 prize for catching ‘General Sumter’, a pre-tagged, 10-pound bass. The public is invited to attend the fun-filled, family-friendly event hosted at Tracy’s Point Fishing Lodge in Lake Panasoffkee.

The tournament offers a total of 18 prizes spread among three separate weigh-ins and two age divisions. A guaranteed $3,000 will be awarded to the biggest fish of the day. If anyone catches ‘General Sumter’, he or she will win a bonus prize of $10,000. The tournament is limited to boating anglers, but even shore fishermen are eligible to catch General Sumter. There is an Adult division, as well as a Junior division for participants aged 15 years and younger.

Interested anglers can register for the tournament at or on-site the day of the event. Registration costs $50 per person ($60 on the day of the event). Participants will be able to check-in starting at 6am on March 19th, at Tracy’s Point Fishing Lodge. Fishing begins at 8am. The judges will conduct three weigh-ins, with prizes awarded at each ($100 for 3rd Place, $200 for 2nd Place and $300 for 1st Place). Check-Ins and weigh-ins are being overseen by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. Official rules are available at

The after-party, (open to the public), will be held at Tracy’s Point Fishing Lodge, and will feature food, prizes and music. Room reservations at the local camps (KOA, Werda-Hecamiat, Pana Vista, Idlewild and Tracy’s Point) are filling up fast, so be sure to book your stay soon.

Sponsorships are still available. Those interested in helping sponsor this compelling community event can call (888) 857-5784 or email for details.

This and other Sumter County Tourism events and promotions are brought to you in part by a Tourism Development Tax Grant from the Sumter County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Sumter County Tourism Development Council.

Big Bass Tournament in Lake Panasofkee