Lake Trafford restoration yields great bass fishing

Immokalee area lake restoration leads to production of trophy-sized bass

Lake Trafford at sunset. (Submitted photo/Waddy Thompson)

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has confirmed a 10-pound, 7-ounce largemouth bass was caught on Lake Trafford and approved in the TrophyCatch program. Lake Trafford, has received national recognition for its resurging bass fishing made possible by ongoing restoration projects.

The nearly 26-inch-long largemouth bass was caught by Steve Dial on an artificial lure on June 25. This is the first Trophy Club submission from Lake Trafford into TrophyCatch, FWC’s award-winning catch, document and release program.

While reports of trophy-sized bass catches are less common during the summer, this fish is no fluke. Recent FWC sampling has documented excellent growth rates for abundant bass in Lake Trafford.

“With trophy bass reported more frequently around the spawning season, I’m really excited for what the coming season may produce,” said Barron Moody, FWC regional fisheries administrator. “We can also confirm the presence of an even larger bass in the lake – our biologists tagged and released a bass weighing more than 11 pounds during routine sampling as part of our trophy bass tagging study.”

Highlighted in Bassmaster Magazine in August 2016, 1,500-acre Lake Trafford’s history of devastating fish kills and unhealthy habitat is no more. It can now boast of quality populations of black crappie and largemouth bass – all thanks to a partnership between the determined citizens of Collier County, the South Florida Water Management District – Big Cypress Basin, the FWC and others.

For more information, email Barron Moody at Barron.Moody@MyFWC.com.

The Immokalee Bulletin is published every Thursday.

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