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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.

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Fish Status



The size structure of the bluegill population remains poor. Body condition is excellent and growth rates are good, but no 8” fish were collected in the most recent survey and only 3% of the population exceeded 7” in length. In 2017, anglers can expect to catch an abundance of fish 5” – 7” in length weighing 0.2 to 0.3 pounds.



As a result of poor natural reproduction and recruitment, the channel catfish population density is low. However, the fish exhibit excellent growth rates and body condition. Fishing in the coming year should be fair to good with the majority of fish ranging from 2 – 10 lbs. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.



The size structure of the crappie population has changed very little over the past year and remains good. Both black and white crappies are present in Centralia Lake in near equal numbers. Data collected from the annual population survey indicate 33% of the white crappie are greater than 10” in length and body condition is good. Most black crappie are less than 10” in length. Fishing should be good in the coming year with the best fish ranging from 0.5 – 1.5 lbs.



The size structure of the bass population is in very good shape and remains well balanced. Currently 33% of the population exceeds 15” in length. This is a slight decline from the previous year, but more than double the number from 2011. Bass body condition remained very good. Reproduction and recruitment are also good with several strong year classes of bass under 15” in length. Fishing should be good in the coming year with most legal fish ranging from 1.5 – 5 lbs. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit/15" minimum length limit.

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 District Fisheries Biologist: Boone LaHood

There were 25 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2017.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 602

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2017 tournaments:

1     7.86 lbs
2     6.65 lbs
3     6.20 lbs
4     5.75 lbs
5     5.74 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2017 tournaments:

1     231.93 lbs
2     156.98 lbs
3     110.28 lbs
4     84.82 lbs
5     81.14 lbs

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

2018 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Max Boats Species Open to Public?
October-077793ApprovedRamp boat
10Largemouth Bass