Centralia City Lake

City of Centralia 785-857-3764

2 miles South and 1 mile West of Centralia


GPS Location: 39.70474 -96.16104

Centralia, KS

Impoundment Type: Community Lake

Surface Acres: 400 acres

Maximum Depth: 25 feet

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Black Bullhead
Channel Catfish 5 15
Crappie 50
Flathead Catfish 5
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass 5 18
Saugeye 5 18
Walleye 5 18
White Bass
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 4/21/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Channel Catfish Fair to Good Up to 12 pounds The lake has good numbers of nice sized catfish. Worms or cut bait along wind swept banks or in the creeks feeding into the lake.
White Bass Slow 1/2 to 1 lb. Low numbers of white bass this year.
Crappie Fair to Good 1/2 to 1 pound Highest sample numbers of crappie in over 10 years. Most of the crappie are below 10 inches, but fair numbers of larger crappie around.  Holding along breaks or brush in 10 feet of water and starting to move shallow for spawning.
Saugeye Fair 2 to 8 lbs. Overall, saugeye numbers are looking good.  Near the dam or road beds with big jigs.
Largemouth Bass Poor 1/2 to 5 pounds Bass are few and far between at this lake, but they are big. Best places are the rock piers, standing timber and around the West boat ramp. Bass are covered by an 18 inch minimum lenght limit.
General Comments
Centralia Lake is a 400 acre lake that is noted for good channel cat, white bass and crappie fishing. The lake facilities include multiple ramps, picnic tables, plenty of camping pads and many sites with electricity. Centralia is enrolled in the CFAP program, which means a City permit is not required for fishing visits. Perry Reservoir has zebra mussels and with Centralia Lake being close it is at high risk. Please, always clean your boat when moving to different water bodies.