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 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 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, some anglers are having success in the shallow vegetation on jigs and minnows and at the fishing pier. 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 are still catching some bluegill near the shallow sandy areas, around some of the offshore bulrush and cattails, as well as the gravel bed attractors installed by the pier. Both crickets and red wigglers have been excellent baits for most anglers and some anglers are reporting good catch rates on jigs as well. 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