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
Due to recent rains, lake level is above normal for this time of the year. There should be no issues accessing near shore areas. As the summer rainy season kicks into high gear, look for water level to stay elevated throughout summer and into early fall. Anglers have been catching quality stringers of bluegill on some of the shallow, sandy areas as the bluegill congregate near newly planted vegetated areas for spawning. Both crickets and red wigglers have been excellent baits for most anglers and some report good catches on minnows as well. In addition to bluegill, anglers are finding success targeting black crappie in the deeper areas of the lake. As water temperature drives crappie deeper at this time of year, anglers might find success trolling these deeper open-water areas. The latest angler survey of the lake indicated more anglers are beginning to target largemouth bass and a few tournaments have produced good winning catches. During FWC largemouth bass sampling in April, four bass over 8lbs were collected and three were released with tags that will be used in a trophy fish tagging study that is currently ongoing statewide. A new statewide bass regulation will go into effect on July 1, 2016 and will include Lake Trafford. The current 18 inch minimum length limit will change to the new regulation of 5 fish per day only one of which may be over 16 inches total length (measured with tail compressed). Anglers can contact the Lake Trafford Marina (239-657-2401) for additional information on current lake conditions.