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BALDWIN LAKE


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

larger map link North Ramp Power Plant


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    Power Plant, North Ramp


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUE CATFISH

Excellent

The 2010-2011 heat-related fish kills did not appear to negatively influence catfish populations. Twenty-five blue catfish, ranging in size from 11-33 inches, were collected in the 2016 survey.

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill population is poor.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

The 2010-2011 heat-related fish kills did not appear to negatively influence catfish populations. . Fourteen channel catfish, ranging in size from 11-33 inches, were collected in the 2016 survey.

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Very Good

The 2010-2011 heat-related fish kills did not appear to negatively influence catfish populations. Three flathead catfish, ranging in size from 31-34 inches, were collected in the 2016 survey.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Poor

No striped bass hybrids have been collected during annual surveys since 2008. Fishing Regulation: 3 fish daily limit, 17" length limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Poor

The LMB population is poor with respect to numbers. The 15 bass collected in the 2016 survey ranged from 15-17 inches in length. No legal-sized LMB (18 inches or greater) were collected for the first time in the past 10 years. Fishing Regulation: 6 fish daily limit, 18" length limit.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Good

The redear sunfish population is good. 50% of the redear sunfish collected were between 8-9 inches.

SMALLMOUTH BASS

Poor

The SMB population is poor with respect to numbers. Only one SMB (16 inches) was collected in the 2016 survey. Fishing Regulation: 6 fish daily limit, 18" length limit.

Location: Baldwin Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area is located in Randolph and St. Clair Counties approximately 2 miles north of Baldwin off of State Route 154.

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: Baldwin Lake experienced a severe heat-related fish kill in the summers of 2011 and 2012, and all bass species were greatly reduced in number.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. Bow fishing is allowed. Maximum boat motor size is 50 HP. Swimming, wading, water skiing and sail boating are prohibited. There are no concessions available at the lake. Hours at Baldwin Lake vary according to season; please contact the park office for details.

Contact Information:
Baldwin Lake Park Office
618 785-2555
IDNR Fisheries Biologist: 618-687-4546