Collier County

Photo of Lake Trafford and fishing pier

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.

 Current Forecast:

The winter crappie fishery should start to wind down on Lake Trafford as water temperatures begin moving back up in March and April. Anglers will continue to have some success with crappie if they concentrate on heavily vegetated areas using small jigs and minnows and may find them by drifting open water from time to time. Anglers can begin to concentrate on bluegill and redear sunfish, as both should provide plenty of action as waters start to warm quickly with many taken on crickets and red wigglers.  Largemouth bass anglers should start to see catch rates pick up through the spring, as bass that were stocked over four years ago reach the 15-17 inch size class.  A recent electrofishing survey for largemouth bass produced numerous four and five pound bass and biologists tagged one over 8 pounds.  Anglers are reminded that the current largemouth bass regulation in Lake Trafford is no bass less than 18” may be harvested.   Brown bullhead catfish continue to provide action for those anglers that like to soak some chicken liver near the bottom.  Lake water level is close to normal this year at about 19.3ft and should provide for additional near-shore access.  Anglers should contact the Lake Trafford Marina at 239-657-2401 for the most up-to-date information regarding water conditions and ramp access.

FWC Facts:
The scientific genus name of tarpon is Megalops - from the Greek adjective megalo meaning “large,” and the noun opsi, meaning “face.”

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