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): 5

 

 Current Forecast:

Despite the onset of warmer weather, Trafford speck (crappie) anglers can still find success if they concentrate on heavily vegetated areas using small jigs and minnows and may occasionally find them by drifting open water. However, many anglers will be concentrating on bluegill and redear sunfish, as both should provide plenty of action as they begin bedding with many taken on crickets and red wigglers. Largemouth bass anglers should find nice size bass in the vegetated areas in deep cover. Recent electrofish sampling by biologists produced numerous bass in the 6, 7, and 8+ lbs categories, evidence that the lake is continuing to respond very favorably to restoration efforts there. Brown bullhead catfish continue to provide action for those anglers that like to soak some chicken liver near the bottom. Anglers should contact the Lake Trafford Marina at 239-657-2401 for the most up-to-date information regarding water conditions and ramp access.

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.



FWC Facts:
Freshwater fish have a series of sensory pores called the lateral line that detect movement and vibration in the water, which helps with predatory and schooling behavior.

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