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RACCOON LAKE


Lake Information

County: Marion

Acreage: 970

Average Depth: 3.9 feet

Shoreline Length: 16.4 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? No

Camping? No


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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2020

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

40000


Additional information for stocking on RACCOON LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Fair

The size structure of the bluegill population has been relatively stable and fair at best. Approximately, 49% of the adult bluegills exceeded 6” in length but only 15% exceeded 7” in length. In spite of the poor size structure, growth rates remained good and condition was very good. If these fish continue to grow in the coming years, the size structure of the bluegill population should show some improvement. Anglers can expect to catch an abundance of fish 5” – 7” in length weighing 0.1 to 0.3 pounds.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

Catfish in Raccoon Lake should provide good fishing opportunities in the coming year. Average body condition was at the lake management plan target and the electrofishing catch rate increased to 33 per hour. Most fish in the population are older and will range from 3 – 5 pounds. Supplemental catfish stockings, along with the elimination of trot lining and jug fishing, should help to improve the size structure of the channel catfish population in the coming years.

CRAPPIE

Good

Both black and white crappie are present in Raccoon Lake but white crappie comprised nearly 86% of the sample. Data collected from the annual population survey indicated 25% of the adult white crappie population exceeded 10” in length and an additional 58% of the population were between 8” – 10” in length. Average body condition remained good and growth rates were average. Catch rate declined, but remained very high at 107 per hour. Black crappie were much less numerous in the sample, but their population was in good shape too. Nearly 32% of the adult black crappie in the sample exceeded 10” in length. This lake should provide good crappie fishing in the coming year.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Improving

Data from the 2020 population survey showed that all of the population indices met or exceeded the target goals. The average body condition of all sizes of fish remained very good. Approximately 33% of the adult bass exceeded the 15” minimum length, an increase from 22% in 2019. Poor bass reproduction and recruitment continue to be a major concern in this lake.To help improve numbers, over 35,500 largemouth bass fingerlings were stocked in the lake in June of 2017. In 2020, the catch rate improved again to 104 bass per hour. Hopefully these improvements will translate to more consistent and successful reproduction and recruitment in the coming years. For 2021, most keeper fish will range from 15” – 20” and weigh from 1.8 – 5 lbs.

Location: Raccoon Lake is located in Marion County on the East side of Centralia, Illinois approximately 1 mile north of Route 161.

Description: Raccoon Lake was constructed in 1942 to serve as a water supply reservoir for the city of Centralia. Raccoon Lake has a surface area of 970 acres, a maximum depth of 17 feet, and a mean depth of 3.9 feet. The lake has 16.4 miles of shoreline.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The sport fish population in Raccoon Lake is comprised primarily of largemouth bass, bluegill, white and black crappies, and channel catfish. Other common species include common carp and yellow bullheads. The fish population is surveyed annually, and summaries are based on the results of the most recent population survey and four-year trends in the population indices.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. City boat and tournament permits are required and can be purchased at the City Clerk’s Office.

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, IL
618-533-7625
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Boone LaHood
618-393-6732