BALDWIN FISH KILL

Discussion in 'ILLINOIS LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by USNTWEEK, Jun 27, 2009.

  1. USNTWEEK

    USNTWEEK New Member

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    I took my son to Baldwin today. We caught some smaller channels which was good enough to keep him interested. Anyway, I noticed a lot of dead fish floating in the water channels, carp, and bluegill and didnt think a whole lot about it. A guy stopped me in the parking lot as I was leaving and asked about the south end and proceeded to tell me that there were a whole lot more dead fish last week. The reason appears to be water temp I dont have a thermometer on my boat but putting my hand in the water it feels like really hot bath water. The guy told me the temp by his boat was up around 100.
     
  2. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Heat and lack of oxygen is probably the culprit. Has there been any weed spraying on the lake? this will sometimes be a cause.
     

  3. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    The DNR keeps the grounds pruned pretty good with weed wackers and mowers.. to my knowledge not a whole lot of chemical sprays are used. I wouldn't be surprised it was due to the temps again.

    Aarona nd I are going to be at the gates at 6am. Supposed to cool off a lot over night.. will see if anything is biting for us.

    My guess is the temp is indeed around 100 like it was last year, though it did not hit that high until late July early August. I think the power plant has been going full bore for awhile and it is trashing that lake, not to mention the high temperatures we have had. The kaskaskia dumping into it is about as effective as a BB hitting a train.

    Rumor has it... that they are going to be flooding out some area near Marissa. Is there another power plant next to Baldwin or close by? Coworker said that there is need for more cooling waters for a power plant and I am unsure if it is Baldwin's plant or another one close by. Talks were projected in 5 years or so they want to flood the heck out of an area and make a lake to pull from. Anyone know more about this?
     
  4. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    is that lake have a nuke plant or coal, i hate nuke lakes, think if they loose some radation,in their
     
  5. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    There is another plant at the east end of Marissa . Not sure what they will flood it with cause the kaskaskia runs through new athens , not near the near mine .
     
  6. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Well, still did not have much luck at Baldwin since that fish kill. Went for 5 hours and caught 1 small blue. Drift fished the shallows and the deep hole with shad, bluegill, chicken gizzards and hearts. :confused2:
     
  7. catinaldatime

    catinaldatime New Member

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    its the heat,best thing to do is wait until theres rain in the forcast hit that lake when its raining with fast moving clouds even a little thunder wouldnt hurt,just watch the lighting.that water is hot,coffeen is same way,around august u see dead stripper.but i will tell u now if its hot real clear and sunny,ur poles might just sit there,hit it on that rainy day and see what happends.
     
  8. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    That's what is kind of funny... the day Aaron and I were tearing them up, the water temp cleared 100 degrees. The next weekend, it rained and cooled down to 87. Didn't catch anything! It was at 90 yesterday and it was just bad fishing.
     
  9. bluecatnut

    bluecatnut New Member

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    i was out their about the 2nd day of the fish kill and were anchored up in one of my favorite holes and the last 30 minutes and on the same rod back to back 40+ blues so my thoughts are no matter hot it is if the fish are in the area and hungry they bite :cool2:

    oh yeah and sunday the 26 was just a crappy day i was ut their from 1 til 9 and no bits
     
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2009
  10. Brianh

    Brianh Member

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    My 14 foot jon boat doesn't fare too well in Baldwin! Soon to be looking for a wide 16 footer. Just a boat and a trailer..... got the motor!
     
  11. catmankev

    catmankev New Member

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    Man, we've been fishing Baldwin for 5 years, caught literally hundreds of Bluecats and never boated any over 23 lbs. What are doing wrong?:eek:oooh:
     
  12. bluecatnut

    bluecatnut New Member

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    kevin to tell u the gods honest truth i think the biggest factor is being in the right place at the right time. i won't tell u the hole but here is the situation we were fishing anchored in 5ft of water castin in to a 25-30 ft hole with a 4 oz bout a 18 inch leader 9/0 king kahle with one filet of channel cat. we were out their all evening from 430 til 800 with out a bite then about 815 the first one slammed and the second about 825

    a couple yrs back i took a hole yr off and fished baldwin 360 days that was from open til close and some days it was non stop hook ups then other days you couldn't buy a bite .

    the best day i ever had was april 13 2007 their was a bad spring storm with hail lighting and a toranado and i cought 20 cats that day the smallest was 15lb and the biggest was a 50lb flat.

    in closing i think the biggest thing is persistances.
    maybe some time we can wet a line :cool2:
     
  13. jmanion8

    jmanion8 New Member

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    I hate to see this. :angry::sad2:
     
  14. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Yup... Keep on going out there.. Keep getting my teeth kicked in. :angry:
     
  15. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Only caught 2 today... just eater sized blues. The drifting was weird! We were drifting one direction, then another, then another.. looked at the directional path we drifted on the fishfinder and found we literally drifted in a circle. Must be some crazy fronts or weather patterns going. Right after the winds started to change, the biting shut off for us.
     
  16. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Was an okay day today. Was slow to bite, but when they hit it was all over! Caught a couple decent sized ones today. Not too many small ones really hitting.. most were between 6-13lbs.
     

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  17. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    Nice cats partner! Thanks for the report. Ah, I remember the days when I could actually go fishing.............:sad2:
     
  18. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Went out again today... Didn't feel like doing homework anyways! :big_smile:


    Caught about 10 eaters and one over 10lbs. Kept a bunch and freezer sealed them to get me through the winter months!


    Looks like the lake is starting to turn over a bit. A lot of green coloration in the water and seeing algae breaking up from the bottom and floating to the top. The fish are starting to pick up more as a result.
     
  19. catinaldatime

    catinaldatime New Member

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    nice job on them fish brother,u keep it up and were gonna call u tha king of baldwin,but before we call u that i gotta see 1 in tha 60 pound range,lol.nice job brian.
     
  20. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    60pounder???? I'll crap a brick with a 30lber. :smile2: