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.

 

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 Trafford:

Lunker Club (8 – 9.9 pounds): 6

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 1

 

 Current Forecast:

The after effects of hurricane Irma are beginning to wane and the water level on Lake Trafford has come down about 2ft. Although still higher than normal, it is close to what was observed last year at this time and should provide plenty of water to get close to the vegetated areas near shore. Irma helped produce an unusual algae bloom in November that killed a number armored catfish and a couple of thousand black crappie. This should not have any significant impact on fish communities and reports from the marina indicate that anglers have been catching crappie and Oscar (a non-native species with on harvest or size limit) in good numbers. Most anglers use minnows for crappie, 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 water continues to cool through the early parts of winter. Because of the abundance of small crappie in Lake Trafford, there is no minimum size limit on crappie. Although, anglers have noted in recent surveys that the size of crappie seem to be improving. Largemouth bass can be found in heavily vegetated sites with plenty of eel grass and around open water cattail and bulrush 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 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. Brown bullhead, another favorite of some anglers, can be caught using liver or red worms fished on the bottom.



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