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Lake Information

County: Randolph

Acreage: 2018

Average Depth: 7.97 feet

Shoreline Length: 15 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 50hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Avg Wt.


Fish Status

Blue catfish


9.9 lbs


An abundant population of blue catfish exist in the lake. The fish are currently averaging 8 lbs. and are hitting quite well in the spring and fall.


Very Good

0.2 lbs


Bluegill are fairly numerous and the size structure is improving. There are more 7 inch fish now.

Channel catfish


0.5 lbs


Channel catfish average about 1/2 pound and are extremely abundant.

Flathead catfish

Very Good

4.9 lbs


The white crappie population is dominated by large, slow - growing age 3 year classes in the 6" - 9" size range. However, there are enough larger fish 10" - 12" in length to provide quality fishing opportunities. Anglers can expect most fish in the coming year to range from 6" - 12" in length with a few larger fish to 14".

Hybrid Striped Bass (Wiper)

Very Good

3.3 lbs


Stripers do well in this lake, with catches averaging 4 to 5 lbs. The hybrids are stocked approximately every two years and grow very fast.

Largemouth bass


1.5 lbs


The size structure of the bass population declined slightly over the last year, but the long-term trends show a very stable population. Bass body condition was good. Just over 26% of the population exceeds the 14" minimum length limit, and large fish up to 22" are common.

Redear sunfish

Very Good

0.5 lbs


Redear are more common on the south side of the lake; a high percentage of redear reach 9 inches or more and 1/2 to 1 pound in weight.

Smallmouth bass


1.3 lbs


Size structure of the bluegill population improved slightly, but remains poor and well below the target range. Body condition is also improved, but the fishery is still comprised almost entirely of slow growing fish under 7" in length.

Location: Baldwin Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area is located in Randolph and St. Clair Counties approximately 2 miles north of Baldwin.

Description: Perched cooling lake impounding 2,018 surface acres of water with approximately 75% of shoreline comprised of rock rip-rap. 50 h.p. boat motor limit. Two lane concrete boat ramp and fully blacktopped car/trailer parking lot available. Shore angler access is located on the west and north sides of lake.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The IDNR Division of Fisheries has been active in the management of Baldwin Lake the late 1960s. Baldwin Lake opened to fishing in July, 1971 and receives annual stockings of hybrid striped bass and smallmouth bass. Supported by a thriving threadfin and gizzard shad forage base, Baldwin Lake offers a variety of fish species to the angler. Notice: Baldwin Lake experienced a severe heat related fish kill in the summer of 2011 and 2012. Except for catfish, many other species were reduced in number but should increase as time goes on.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. Swimming, wading, water skiing and sail boating are prohibited. Hours at Baldwin Lake vary according to season; please contact the park office for details.

Contact Information:
Baldwin Lake Park Office
618 785-2555
Fisheries biologist: 618 295-2877