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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 is very stable and fair at best. Body condition is excellent and growth rates are good, but most of the population is comprised of fish less than 7” in length. Anglers can expect to catch an abundance of fish 5” – 7” in length weighing 0.2 to 0.4 pounds.



Catfish in Raccoon Lake should provide fair fishing opportunities in the coming year. Most fish in the population are older and will range from 3 – 10 pounds. The body condition of the population is fair. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.



Both black and white crappies are present in Raccoon Lake, but white crappie comprise 95% of the population. Data collected from the annual population survey indicate 16% of the adult population still exceeds 10” in length and an additional 50% of the population is between 8” -10” in length. Condition is very good and growth rates are average. This lake should provide some good crappie fishing in the coming year.



The size structure of the bass population remaines stable and balanced. The percentage of bass exceeding the 15” minimum length limit fell slightly over the last year. Currently 26% of the bass exceed the minimum length limit, and 3% exceed 18” in length. The condition of all sizes of bass remains very good. 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: 15" minimum length limit; 6 fish daily limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
Centralia City Clerk’s Office
222 S. Poplar, Centralia, IL
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Boone LaHood

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