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.
Lake level is higher than average for this time of year and likely will not drop too far anytime soon with spring rains right around the corner. Several recent TrophyCatch bass submissions up to 10 pounds document the bass fishing available in Lake Trafford as a result of restoration efforts. The crappie bite has been exceptional this year and anglers are still catching good numbers of fish in deeper water and around the edges of the cattail. However, anglers should expect the bite to slow down as the weather begins to warm up. The bluegill bite is really turning on and should get better as spring continues. 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): 12
Trophy Club (10 - 12.9 pounds): 2