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Lake Information

County: Marion

Acreage: 254

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

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"



Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"


Additional information for stocking on CENTRALIA LAKE

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



The size structure of the black crappie population remained poor.Most black crappie were in the 7” – 9” range with no fish exceeding 10” in length. Only 7% of the adult black crappie in the sample exceeded 9” in length. Body condition remained below lake management plan target.



The size structure of the population remains fair. The number of larger bluegill was well below optimal. In 2021, anglers can expect to catch an abundance of bluegill 5” – 7” in length weighing 0.1 to 0.2 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.


Very Good

The overall size structure of the bass population is good and relatively stable. There was a slight decrease in the number of bass in the 12” – 15” size range, but also a slight increase in the number of 15 – 20” bass. Approximately 30% of the adult bass in the sample exceeded the 15” minimum length limit. The catch rate was high at 132 fish per hour and was well above the goal of 60 per hour. Body condition remained stable and good (avg. Wr = 94). 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 – 5 pounds.Site regulation: 6 fish daily limit, 15" minimum length limit.



The size structure of the redear sunfish collected in the 2020 sample was good. Approximately 25% of the adult redear were 9” or longer and 20% were 10” or longer. Expect most redear to be between 7” – 9” and 0.20 – 0.45 pounds, with some larger fish exceeding 10” and approaching 0.66 pounds.



The white crappie population continued to look good. Approximately 20% of the adult white crappie in the sample exceeded 9” in length and 9% exceeded 10”. Nearly 50% of the adult white crappie in the sample were between 8” – 10”. Body condition remained below lake management plan target. Crappie fishing should be good in the coming year with the best fish ranging between 0.5 - 1.3 lbs.

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 20 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 513

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2020 tournaments:

1     5.69 lbs
2     5.59 lbs
3     5.32 lbs
4     5.16 lbs
5     5.11 lbs

Top 5 Total Tournament Weight of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2020 tournaments:

1 184.39 lbs
2 176.07 lbs
3 111.90 lbs
4 108.75 lbs
5 90.15 lbs