Lake Trafford is a 10-Tag Water!
To celebrate Season 10 of the TrophyCatch program, biologists with FWC have tagged and released 10 largemouth bass with bright pink tags in 10 different locations across the state. If caught, one tag could be worth thousands of dollars in prizes. One of these bass is swimming in Lake Trafford! For details and rules see the 10-Tag Celebration web page.
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.
NOTE: Please contact the Lake Trafford Marina (239-657-2401) for post-storm updates to the information provided below.
Lake water level is near the normal high for the late summer months. As summer rainy season wraps up and moves into fall, look for water levels to slowly decrease 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 last year 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