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.
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): 3
Continued cooler weather and the onset of the bass spawn should provide the year's best fishing this quarter. Lake Trafford has responded well to intensive restoration efforts and TrophyCatch size bass (over 8 pounds) are available in the lake. Crappie (speck) fishing can be good year-round, even in the summer months, but now is typically the best time. Try jigs and minnows and keep moving until you locate the specks. Recent trawl samples produced an above average number of crappie with harvestable fish up to 10 inches in length. Brown bullhead, another favorite of some anglers, can be caught using liver or red worms fished on the bottom.
Anglers need to be aware of the new statewide regulation for Largemouth bass that went into effect on July 1, 2016 that allows anglers to keep up to five bass per day, only one of which may be 16 inches or longer. Lake Trafford is included in this new regulation.