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Lake Centralia

Marion County, IL
Marion County, IL
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Centralia Lake is located in Marion County approximately 2 miles west and 5 miles south of Salem, Illinois.
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.
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
412 acres
LAKE SIZE
23 feet
MAX DEPTH
10 feet
AVG DEPTH
12.9 miles
SHORELINE
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
Unrestricted
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Largemouth Bass
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Lake Centralia.
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FISHING OUTLOOK
BLUEGILL
Fair FAIR
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.
CHANNEL CATFISH
Improving IMPROVING
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
Good GOOD
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.
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Very Good 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.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Lake Centralia
HISTORY AND STATUS OF 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.

CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
Centralia City Clerk’s Office
101 S. Poplar, Centralia
618-533-7625
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Boone LaHood
618-393-6732
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