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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.

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Fish Status



The size structure of the bluegill population remained poor. Approximately, 33% of the adult bluegill exceeded 6” in length but only 8% exceeded 7” in length. Despite 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 could show some improvement, but it will likely always be hindered by the presence of gizzard shad. Anglers can expect to catch an abundance of fish 5” – 7” in length weighing 0.1 – 0.3 pounds.



Catfish in Raccoon Lake should continue to provide good fishing opportunities in the coming year. Average body condition was just under the lake management plan target and the electrofishing catch rate remained high. Most fish in the population were older and nearly 75% of the adult channel catfish sampled were 18” or longer. Recent 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. Most channel catfish caught in 2023 will be between 1 – 5 pounds, with some fish possibly over 10 pounds.


Very Good

Both black crappie and white crappie are present in Raccoon Lake, but white crappie comprised nearly 76% of the sample. Data collected from the annual population survey indicated 22% of the adult white crappie population exceeded 10” in length and an additional 62% of the adult population were between 8” – 10” in length. Average body condition improved above the minimum lake target. Catch rate also improved and remained very high. Black crappie were much less numerous in the sample, but their population was in good shape, and average body condition remained above target. Approximately 12% of the adult black crappie in the sample exceeded 10” in length and 35% exceeded 9” in length. This lake should continue to provide very good crappie fishing in the coming year. Most angler catches in 2023 will likely be white crappie weighing 0.15-0.50 pounds in the 7” – 10” range, with larger fish possibly over 1 pound.



Data from the 2022 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 27% of the adult bass exceeded the 15” minimum length. Poor bass reproduction and recruitment continue to be a major concern in this lake. Following significant improvement in 2012 and 2013, bass CPUE plummeted in 2014 to 37 per hour and had remained below the target of 60 per hour ever since. To help improve numbers, over 35,500 largemouth bass fingerlings were stocked in the lake in June of 2017. Since 2017, the bass population has continued to fluctuate, but has showed signs of improvement. Hopefully these improvements will translate to more consistent and successful reproduction and recruitment in the coming years. In 2021 only 67 bass per hour were collected, but the 2022 survey collected bass at a rate of 110 per hour. For 2023, most keeper bass will range from 15” – 20” and weigh 1.9 – 5 pounds.

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, yellow and brown bullheads, and spotted sucker. The fish population is surveyed annually, and summaries below 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 at 101 S. Locust, 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, IL
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Boone LaHood

Multiple day tournaments are listed with * end date.

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2023 – 2024 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
April-0725755ApprovedPublic Ramp boat
26Largemouth Bass
May-1925467ApprovedPublic Ramp boat
15Largemouth Bass