Collier County

Lake TraffordLake 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.


Popular species:

Popular fish species

Fish graphics by Duane Raver, Jr.


TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

TrophyCatch External link 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): 7

Trophy Club (10 – 12.9 pounds): 1


 Current Forecast:

Lake level is near the normal low level for the beginning summer months. As the summer rainy season kicks into high gear, look for water level to increase throughout summer and into early fall. Anglers have been catching quality stringers of bluegill near 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 some success targeting black crappie in the deeper areas of the lake early in the morning. As water temperature drives crappie deeper at this time of year, anglers might find success trolling the deeper open-water areas. Anglers can contact the Lake Trafford Marina (239-657-2401) for additional information on current lake conditions.

FWC Facts:
Florida bass build nests for spawning and protect their young until they reach about 1 inch in size.

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