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.
Water levels have returned to normal on Lake Trafford with current level at about 21ft. This should provide plenty of water to get close to the vegetated areas near shore. Reports from the marina indicate that anglers have been catching both crappie and bluegill during the summer and expect catches should continue to improve as we head into the fall. Most anglers use minnows for crappie and crickets for bluegill, but those experienced anglers that use artificial lures such as jigs and small beetle spins can expect to catch fish as well. Crappie fishing should become more productive, with some increase in catches, as the first cool fronts drift south through mid October. Largemouth bass supplemental stocking was completed in the spring of 2011 and anglers continue to catch young bass as they fish for black crappie. Anglers need to be aware of the 18-inch minimum length limit established for largemouth bass. This regulation is designed to protect young bass that were stocked and allow for their recruitment into the spawning population. Recent trawl samples produced numerous young bluegill and crappie and showed nice levels of brown bullhead catfish. Brown bullhead can be caught using liver or red worms fished on the bottom.