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 was good this year but with the warmer weather the fish have moved to deeper water and the bite has slowed down. However, anglers have been catching good numbers of Bluegill off the pier. There were gravel attractors put around the pier that is helping attract more fish to these areas. By looking on the Fish Attractor Interactive Map anglers can also find the two offshore gravel beds. 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. Bass fishing has been slow and will remain slow with the rise of water temperatures. The best time to fish would be the early mornings or dusk when temperatures are cooler. 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