Collier County

Lake TraffordLake Trafford, located in Collier County, encompasses approximately 1,500 acres. Aquatic vegetation consists of cattail, American lotus, and eelgrass. Fish species present in the lake include largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, and large brown bullheads. Access to Lake Trafford is mainly by boat. However, there is a small county park located on the lake that provides some bank access along with a nice public fishing pier. Lake Trafford Marina and the park both have public boat ramps. Services available from the marina include boat rentals, guide service, airboat tours, and bait and tackle.

Anglers wanting the most current lake conditions can contact the Lake Trafford Marina at 239-657-2401.

 

TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch 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 Trafford:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 3

 

 Current Forecast:

Water level on Lake Trafford is currently about 21.0ft.  Although higher than normal, it is about the same as last year at this time and should provide plenty of water to get close to the vegetated areas near shore.  Reports from the marina indicate that anglers have been catching both crappie and bluegill during the summer and expect crappie catches to improve as we head into the fall.  Most anglers use minnows for crappie and crickets for bluegill, but those experienced anglers that use artificial lures such as jigs and small beetle spins can expect to catch fish as well.  Crappie fishing should become more productive, with some increase in catches, as the first cool fronts drift south through mid October.  Largemouth bass can be found in heavily vegetated sites with plenty of eel grass and around open water cattail patches.  There is also plenty of forage fish available in the lake that may make fishing for bass a bit more challenging.  Anglers need to be aware of the new statewide regulation for Largemouth bass that went into effect on July 1, 2016 that allows anglers to keep up to five bass per day, only one of which may be 16 inches or longer.  Lake Trafford is included in this new regulation.  Recent trawl samples produced an above average number of crappie, with both harvestable fish, between 8 and 10 inches in length, and numerous young of the year.  Brown bullhead, another favorite of some anglers, can be caught using liver or red worms fished on the bottom.



FWC Facts:
Freshwater catfish have many external taste buds on their barbels, so they use their sense of taste more than their sight to find prey.

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