Baldwin Lake boasts good winter fishing


Mar 11, 2001
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Baldwin Lake boasts good winter fishing

Tim Renken Of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch


The colder the weather, the better the fishing on Baldwin Lake. Usually.

Baldwin is a 2,000-acre power plant cooling reservoir near Baldwin, Ill., about 45 miles southeast of St. Louis. Much of the time its fishing is mediocre or poor, but in cold weather it can be good.

Bass anglers go in boats to the wide, windy lake's channel banks, but most people fish from the north shore, walking or riding bikes down a long levee from a parking lot near the conservation area's entrance.

The best fishing this winter has been from the point near the launch ramp and from the far northeast corner where hot water emerges from coal-fired electricity generators.

The best catch this winter has been catfish, including some large blues. Anglers also have caught hybrid and pure stripers and some largemouth, crappie and bluegill from the levee.

Fishing hours now are 6 a.m.-4 p.m.

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