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 slightly lower than average for this time of year and will continue to go up as we get further into the rainy season. As the weather continues to warm up and the water gets hot expect the Largemouth Bass bite to slow down. Crappie anglers did well early this spring and the bite started to slow down following the unusually warm weather events in February and March. However, Lake Trafford is one of the few lakes in Florida that anglers still find some success targeting Crappie during the summer months. Target Crappie in the deepest parts of the lake early in the morning using jigs or minnows. Anglers should have some luck catching Bluegill and Oscars during the summer months. 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 early in the morning in shallow water around vegetation stands with sandy bottom, and there’s also a chance to catch them at the gravel bed attractor installed at the fishing pier. 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