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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

2018

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

10007

2018

Channel Catfish

Fingerling 1 - 3"

26083

2020

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

40000


Additional information for stocking on RACCOON LAKE


Lake Status Summary  ( 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. For the first time in eight years, some bluegill collected were greater than 8” in length. Approximately, 56% of the adult bluegill exceeded 6” in length, but only 10% 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

Fair

Catfish in Raccoon Lake should provide fair fishing opportunities in the coming year. Average body condition improved and the electrofishing catch rate increased. 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. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.

CRAPPIE

Good

Both black and white crappies are present in Raccoon Lake, but white crappies comprised nearly 83% of the sample. Data collected from the annual population survey indicated 10% of the adult white crappie population exceeded 10” in length and an additional 32% of the population was between 8” - 10” in length. Nearly 85% of the adult population was in the sample between 6” – 9” in length. Condition was good and growth rates were average. Catch rate declined, but still remains very high. This lake should provide some good crappie fishing in the coming year.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

Data from the 2019 population survey showed that all of the population indices met or exceeded the target goals. The condition of all sizes of fish remained very good. Approximately, 22% of the adult bass exceeded the 15” minimum length, a decrease from 35% in 2018. However, there was an increase in the percentage of 12” – 15” bass in the 2019 sample. Poor bass reproduction and recruitment continue to be a major concern in this lake. Following significant improvement in 2012 and 2013, bass catch rates plummeted in 2014, and had remained below the target ever since. To help improve numbers, over 35,500 largemouth bass fingerlings were stocked in the lake in June of 2017. This helped the 2017 catch rates improve to well above the target level for the first time in 5 years. Despite dropping to just 31 bass per hour in 2018, the bass catch rate in the 2019 sample improved to 82 bass per hour. For 2020, most keeper fish will range from 15” – 20” and weigh from 1.8 – 5 lbs. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily creel limit, 15" minimum length.

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.

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

There were 1 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2018.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 22

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1     5.19 lbs
2     4.50 lbs
3     4.06 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1 66.44 lbs