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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.

Fish Stocking






Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"



Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"



Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"



Channel Catfish

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"


Additional information for stocking on CENTRALIA LAKE

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



The size structure of the population remains fair. The number of larger bluegill was well below optimal. There were, however, large numbers of 5” – 7” bluegill and their body condition was good. If mortality is low and growth rates remain average, these fish should help improve the size structure over the next 2 – 3 years. In 2020, anglers can expect to catch an abundance of fish 5” – 7” in length weighing 0.10 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 good 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.



Crappie catch per unit effort improved, but body condition remained just below target for both white and black crappie this year. White crappie continued to look good with 27% of the adults in the sample exceeding 10” in length. The size structure of the black crappie population remains poor. Most black crappie were in the 8” – 10” range with few fish exceeding 10” in length. Crappie fishing should be fair to 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 good. Bass population indices remained relatively stable. There was a slight increase in the number of bass in the 12” – 15” size range, but nearly one quarter of the adult bass in the sample exceeded the 15” minimum length limit. The catch rate improved and is still well above the management goal. Body condition improved 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 1.5 – 4 pounds. 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
101 S. Poplar, Centralia
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Boone LaHood

There were 31 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2019.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 435

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2019 tournaments:

1     6.84 lbs
2     6.72 lbs
3     6.46 lbs
4     5.66 lbs
5     5.60 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2019 tournaments:

1 189.06 lbs
2 156.99 lbs
3 85.78 lbs
4 60.00 lbs
5 49.75 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.

2020 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
October-1116811ApprovedRamp boat
15Largemouth Bass