The crappie bite is already starting to fire up this year. Anglers are currently experiencing good catch rates with excellent days mixed in and as we get further into winter, the bite should get more consistent. Crappie are often best targeted in the deeper areas of the lake early in the morning this time of year as they are still actively feeding offshore. Anglers might find success trolling jigs or drifting with live minnows over the deeper open-water areas. However, many anglers are already reporting success in the shallow vegetation on jigs and minnows and at the fishing pier. Anglers have also recently reported success on the spatterdock fish attractor on the east side of the lake. As we move into early spring anglers should focus more on shallow vegetated areas. Look to start targeting bass around shallow vegetation starting now and continuing through late spring as bass are staying shallow to spawn and feed. Bass are best targeted with dark colored Texas rigged soft plastics or with large jigs. Anglers can contact the Lake Trafford Marina (239-657-2401) for additional information on current lake conditions.
Lake water level is currently lower than typical for this time of year. As summer rainy season wraps up and moves into fall, look for water levels to decrease even more throughout fall and into early winter. Anglers are still catching some bluegill near the shallow sandy areas and around some of the offshore bulrush and cattails. The gravel bed fish attractors installed a couple years ago have also provided great bluegill fishing, especially at the pier. Both crickets and red wigglers have been excellent baits for most anglers. As we move into fall and the weather cools down a little expect the bluegill bite to slow a bit. However, at that time the black crappie bite should be starting to crank up again. Crappie are best targeted in the deeper areas of the lake early in the morning that time of year as they are still actively feeding offshore. Anglers might find success trolling jigs or drifting with live minnows over the deeper open-water areas.
Anglers can contact the Lake Trafford Marina (239-657-2401) for additional information on current lake conditions.
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): 16
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 2