I was wondering if anyone here has experience fishing in Lake Baldwin in Orlando. I live right around the corner from the lake and have had limited success fishing for bass on 6" watermelon chartreuse lizards. That bait is literally the only thing I've even gotten a bite on, and trust me I've tried almost everything.
I've seen some bass, sunfish and HUGE carp in there. Does anyone have any tips for this lake or know if there is anything else worth fishing for in there?
Any help will be appreciated!
If you can get a hold of live shiners you have a great chance of catching some nice fish. If you don't have a boat you can fish from the docks near 'downtown Baldwin'. If you are facing the lake the dock on the right hand side is in deeper water and I would suggest fishing from that one, however both are pretty good.
Also has your limited success been in the recent months? I have noticed a dramatic shift in the number of strikes I get since the temps went down in January. I suspect as the weather warms in the coming weeks you should see an increase in activity.
Good Luck, and reply if you have any specific questions I will do my best to answer them.
First off , Welcome aboard the forum. !
Although I don't have any experience on your lake I'm guessing you are fishing from the bank. That is a natural lake meaning like most around there (and the whole state) its bowl shaped. Shallow edges and tapers slowly to deeper water.
Right now should be a real good time for catching bass due to bedding activity and cool water. Wading the edges to increase coverage can help. Just watch for gators , although bears seem to be a problem there also . :hairraiser
Only other advise would be fishing early and late when the bass move shallow to feed. I would try topwater baits then.
Post us a report when you get it figured out.
tend to move in closer to the shoreline at nite.... be quiet and fish your worm real slow... You will notice some big hits out in the water
if you fish it enough at nite.....that's the time to get shiners and cast them out there.... (I haven't been there in awhile.. I have closer lakes
in my area) but the bass are in there.... and as far as those Grass Carp... a small hook> No weight> and a roll up piece of bread... it has
to float... and you are good to go... be warn that there are some huge tilapia in that lake and they will also grab the bread....
Forum brothers and sisters ready to help.
I like it.
If it's later and the fish have moved off into the deeper water you can try a Strike King 1/2oz Red Eye Shad, a Mann's minus 1 or a good, old-fashioned Rat-L-Trap or Cordell Super Spot. I prefer baits with sharply contrasting colors and/or Chrome and Chartreuse finishes. Of course you can stick with soft plastics. Dead sticking a senko either Texas or wacky rigged in the same colors is great. I would try and find variants that have a brighter fleck in them or some Chartreuse. Same for more finesse style worms like Trick Worms or Sweevi worms. Depending on the water depth and how aggressive the bite is you'll want to add a worm/bullet weight somewhere between a 1/16 and 1/4oz. Lately I've been
Playing around a lot more with ribbontailed worms because if the versatility of being able to work them dead stick like a senko if their weighted right, or using the tail action with a steady retrieve to create some commotion and move some water. The ZOOM U-Vibe series are also good for this. My go to has been a Lake Fork 10" Worm in Green Pumpkin/Charteuse.
Just a few ideas to get you pointed in the right direction. Shoot me a PM if you've got questions.
We use to do that when I worked at the Sentinel. Come down late at night and we did catch some bass that way.
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btw, if you ever want to meetup and fish sometime let me know..If I like you(hehe), I will give you some of my secret honey holes that produce 5lbers and up, fairly easy. Like my forum handle says, I fish from a kayak, and can haul it around really easy. So many lakes that are good in the Orlando area...I actually have a hard time choosing which ones to fish sometimes! oh yeah...May is usually(for me) the best time of the year for big fish(5 lb and up)! I will be fishing 2-3 times in the next three days.