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.


TrophyCatchTrophyCatch Tracker

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): 2


 Current Forecast:

Although winter crappie fishing is winding down on Lake Trafford, 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. As water temperatures begin moving back up in March and April, 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.  Anglers have reported nice catches of bluegill in February and March. Largemouth bass anglers should start to see catch rates pick up through the spring, as bass that were stocked over five years ago reach the 16-18 inch size class. Anglers are reminded that the current largemouth bass regulation in Lake Trafford is no bass less than 18” may be harvested. This regulation will change in July as a new statewide regulation for bass was recently adopted by the Commission. Effective July 1, 2016 the new statewide regulation will be 5 bass per person per day with only one bass 16” or larger. Brown bullhead catfish continue to provide action for those anglers that like to soak some chicken liver near the bottom. Lake water level is above normal this year at about 20.5ft 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:
In the past, snook were known as "soapfish" when some sections of the "soapy" tasting skin were left on the fillets due to poor cleaning practices.

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