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Welcome to FishingNotes.com Baldwin Lake fishing report page. Here you will find all the information you need to make the best decisions for today's fishing. Current weather including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction are continuously updated throughout the day. Baldwin Lake water temperature is one of the vital statistics included on this page. We also include the moon phase as full and new moons are generally better fishing times. Help in choosing what time to hit the water with daily sunrise and sunset times plus moon rise and moon set times. We would love to hear how your fishing trip went, feel free to share your days success on the community report page. Good luck and we hope you catch a full bag today!
State:
Illinois
Latitude:
38.21669
Maximum Depth (ft) :
20
County:
Randolph
Longitude:
-89.86681
Normal Elevation (ft):
0
Inpoundment Type:
Water Clarity:
Boat Access:
Paved Ramps
Surface Area (acres):
0
Water Temp Factors:
Powerplant
Boat Limits:
Lake Management:
State Park
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Guest
2014-06-05
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 1
Water Temperature:
Best bet are catfish, channel and blue are numerous and hitting well. Flatheads good. Drum are also abundant.
Guest
2013-02-17
Species: Catfish
Fishing Rating: 2
Water Temperature:
Mostly slow today bank fishing along the North levee about mid-way down to the hot water outflow. Most of the other fishermen the last few days have had the same slow results. The weather has been warmer than normal, possibly affecting the migration to warmer parts of the lake during the winter.
Guest
2012-12-31
Species: Catfish
Fishing Rating: 5
Water Temperature:
12/30/2012 - Spent the morning shore fishing for catfish near the water outflow along the North levee. Caught several 8-12 lb Blues on cut Bluegill. Let the under-current move the bait along the bottom. Consistent action all morning. Forgot my bobbers or would have tried drifting, too.
4FATBASS
2009-09-14
Species: General
Fishing Rating: 3
Water Temperature: 88
"We fished the lake last Sat. morning 8/29/09 and the surface temp was at 88* on the south end. Caught 2 bass @17 3/4 and one @ 18 and a smallie @ 15in. Oh, I did catch a 4lb flathead if that counts!!"
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General Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Baldwin Lake Largemouth Bass Rating:
3.8
Baldwin Lake Largemouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Largemouth bass are scarce due to a fish kill 2 years ago. Population is slowly recovering, with the average fish around 17 inches.
Largemouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
At 56 degree water temperature largemouth bass fishing is in pre-spawn now. It's time to get fishing. Female bass are going to be moving up to the spawning beds. Male largemouth bass will be starting to build the spawning nests in protected coves. Bass prefer to spawn in weedy and woody cover deep in coves that will be protected from the wind and other elements. This is the best time to catch the lake record bass. The female bass will be feeding until they reach the beds and start the spawn. The smaller male bass will be attacking lures also. It is on like donkey kong!!! Hit the water NOW, we can?t believe you are reading this and not fishing right now. GET OUT!!
Baldwin Lake Smallmouth Bass Rating:
2.9
Baldwin Lake Smallmouth Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- Smallies are improving, and more abundant than largemouth bass. Average fish runs around 15\".
Smallmouth Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
With the water temperature at 56 degrees smallmouth bass fishing is ready to heat up for spring. The bass will be starting to move into their spawning area. Smallmouth bass will generally spawn on rock and gravel bottoms that are protected from the elements. It's time to get fishing and look for staging bass in deeper water.
Baldwin Lake Crappie Rating:
2.3
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Crappie Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Crappie should be getting ready to spawn. Stay out in deeper water and look for schools. Schooling shad will be harder to find with this water temperature so when you find it, stay on it. Crappie schools will be breaking up quite a bit getting ready for the spawn. Also try fishing shallower with small crank baits and spinners on the warm banks with direct sunlight. This is a great time to be on the water.
Baldwin Lake Walleye Rating:
2.6
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Walleye Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The walleye are coming off of the spawn now. Fish will be feeding very more aggressive making up for lost time eating during the spawn. Walleye will start moving back to their typical structure of choice and should be getting into the lake flats and deep structure. It?s time to hit the water. This may be the best water temperature to be on the water. There shouldn?t be too many fishermen on the water this early and there are many species that are hitting their prime water temperatures to be biting very well. Have fun today!
Baldwin Lake Catfish Rating:
3.8
Baldwin Lake Catfish Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- this has way to many dead fish floating in the southern end of the lake and most
of the fish are in their 30 pound range and theres an oily film on the water
Catfish Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
The catfish family comprises of blue catfish, flathead catfish and channel catfish. Since catfish are warm water fish, they arenít going to be very active in this water temperature. They will still be feeding, but catfish will only be found very deep and feeding very slowly. Your best bet is give some of the more active fish species in your lake a shot until the cats are active again.
Baldwin Lake Spotted Bass Rating:
3
Baldwin Lake Spotted Bass Tips: [ Add Tip ]
- really good on top water especially a mouse!
Spotted Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Spotted bass fishing is ready to heat up for spring. The bass will be starting to move into their spawning area. Spotted bass will generally spawn on rock and gravel bottoms that are protected from the elements. It?s time to get fishing and look for staging bass in deeper water.
Baldwin Lake White Bass Rating:
3.9
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White Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Baldwin Lake Striped Bass Rating:
3.8
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Striped Bass Tips for Current Conditions (automated):
Baldwin Lake Trout Rating:
0
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Trout Tips for Current Conditions (automated):

Current Lunar Fishing Tip:

The crescent moon will have better gravitational pull than a gibbous or half moon. However the affects of the moons gravitational will be decreased since the sun and moon aren't pulling in conjunction with one another. It's time to pay close attention to the other fishing factors in the weather to make the best decision for hitting the water.

Sunrise:

11:17

Sunset:

00:38

Moon Phase:


% Illuminated
Days to Full