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.
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): 4
With winter crappie fishing winding down on Lake Trafford, anglers will continue to have some success with crappie if they concentrate on heavily vegetated areas using small jigs and minnows and may occasionally find them by drifting open water. As water temperatures begin moving back up in March and April, anglers can begin to concentrate on bluegill and redear sunfish, as both should provide plenty of action as waters start to warm quickly with many taken on crickets and red wigglers. Anglers have reported spotty catches of bluegill in February and March, things should pick up with waters warming in April. Largemouth bass anglers should find nice size bass in the vegetated areas in deep cover. Recent electrofish sampling by biologists produced numerous bass in the 6, 7, and 8lb category and one bass at 11.2lbs that was tagged as part of the Trophy catch study. Anglers are reminded that the largemouth bass regulation on Lake Trafford changed in July 2016 to the new statewide regulation of five bass per person per day with only one bass 16” or larger. Brown bullhead catfish continue to provide action for those anglers that like to soak some chicken liver near the bottom. Lake water level is normal this year at about 19ft and should provide some near-shore access. Anglers should contact the Lake Trafford Marina at 239-657-2401 for the most up-to-date information regarding water conditions and ramp access.
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.