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Lake Information

County: Marion

Acreage: 412

Average Depth: 10.01 feet

Shoreline Length: 12.9 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? No

Camping? No

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



The size structure of the bluegill population remains poor. The number of larger bluegill was well below optimal, however there were large numbers of 5” – 6” bluegill and their body condition was excellent. If mortality is low and growth rates remain average, these fish should help improve the size structure over the next 2 – 3 years. In 2018, anglers can expect to catch an abundance of fish 5” – 7” in length weighing 0.15 to 0.25 pounds.



As a result of recent stocking efforts, the channel catfish population density is improving, but remains low. The current population exhibits excellent growth rates and body condition. Fishing in the coming year should be fair to good with the majority of fish ranging from 1 – 5 lbs.



There was very little change in the size structure of the crappie population. White crappie continued to look good with 25% of the population exceeding 10” in length, while the size structure of the black crappie population was poor with few fish exceeding 10” in length. Crappie fishing should be good in the coming year with the best fish ranging between 0.5 - 1.25 lbs.


Very Good

The overall size structure of the bass population is excellent. Bass population indices remained relatively stable. The percentage of fish over 15” had more than doubled since 2011, but declined slightly in 2017 while still remaining good. The catch per effort rose significantly and body condition remained good for all sizes of bass. Fishing prospects for the coming year should be very good with most keeper bass ranging from 15” – 20” in length and weighing between 1.8 – 4 pounds.

Location: Centralia Lake is located in Marion County approximately 2 miles west and 5 miles south of Salem, Illinois.

Description: Centralia Lake was constructed in 1910 to serve as a water supply reservoir for the city of Centralia. Centralia Lake has a surface area of 254 acres, a maximum depth of 23 feet, and a mean depth of 10 feet. The lake has 12.9 miles of shoreline and a watershed of 734 acres.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The sport fish population in Centralia Lake is comprised primarily of largemouth bass, bluegill, white and black crappies, and channel catfish. Other common species include redear sunfish, common carp and yellow bullheads. The fish population is surveyed annually.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. City of Centralia boat and tournament permits are required and can be purchased at the City Clerk’s office at 222 S. Poplar in Centralia.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth Bass: 6 fish daily limit/15" minimum length limit
Channel Catfish: 6 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
Centralia City Clerk’s Office
222 S. Poplar, Centralia
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Boone LaHood

There were 28 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2018.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 595

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1     6.47 lbs
2     6.34 lbs
3     6.19 lbs
4     5.95 lbs
5     5.79 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1 224.50 lbs
2 105.14 lbs
3 77.36 lbs
4 77.21 lbs
5 72.56 lbs

Multiple day tournaments are listed with * end date.

Interested in participating in one of these public tournaments? Contact us with tournament ID for more information.

2019-2020 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
March-2815204ApprovedRamp boat
15Largemouth Bass
April-2615153ApprovedRamp boat
20Largemouth Bass
May-0913992ApprovedRamp boat
15Largemouth Bass
May-1614578ApprovedRamp boat
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
July-1114579ApprovedRamp boat
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
July-1214013ApprovedRamp boat
15Largemouth Bass
September-2714120ApprovedRamp boat
20Largemouth Bass