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.
The Crappie bite has been exceptional this year and few anglers are still catching good numbers of fish in deeper water, but the bite should slow down as we move further into summer. However, anglers should expect the Crappie bite to die down as the weather begins to warm up and the Bluegill pick up. The Bluegill and Redear bite should remain good throughout the summer and really pick up around the full moon cycles as panfish move into the shallows to spawn. Both crickets and red wigglers have been excellent baits for most anglers and some anglers are reporting good catch rates on jigs as well. Bluegill are best targeted in shallow water around vegetation stands with sandy bottoms. 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): 14
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 2