Photo of Lake Trafford and fishing pierCollier County

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.

 Current Forecast:

Lake level is about a foot higher than it was at this time last year and should provide good access to most areas of the lake.  Anglers that venture onto the water have a good chance of catching bluegill on some of the shallow, sandy areas as the bluegill congregate for spawning, and many anglers have been catching 10 to 14-inch bass while fishing for bluegill and crappie.  The latest angler survey of the lake indicated a number of anglers are beginning to target largemouth bass and a few small tournaments have produced good winning catches.  Current size limit on largemouth bass went into effect on July 1, 2008 and is designed to protect young bass that were stocked and give them an opportunity to spawn before they are harvested.  The regulation restricts harvest to 5 fish per day with a minimum length limit of 18 inches and a limit of one fish per person per day over 22 inches.

FWC Facts:
Groupers are very slow-growing fish, taking anywhere from 4-8 years to reach sexual maturity.

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