Lake 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.
Another unusually warm winter has been a bit of a challenge for many crappie anglers this year. Anglers have had some success catching nice limits of black crappie using both minnows and jigs. Plenty of small crappie are in the system and anglers report having to cull 30-40 small crappie on the way to a 20 fish harvest. Bluegill and redear should provide additional species to target as the water continues to warm. Crappie anglers continue to catch a number of the small largemouth bass that were stocked over the last two years, with anglers reporting bass 10-14 inches in length. Anglers are reminded that the current largemouth bass regulation in Lake Trafford in no bass less than 18” may be harvested. Lake water levels are about two feet lower than normal for this time of year and anglers should contact the Lake Trafford Marina for the most up-to-date information regarding ramp access.