Centerville Lake



Centerville Lake is located within the city of Centerville.

Species Present:

Walleye: above average abundance, average size (although some larger fish are present).
Northern Pike: above average abundance, all size fish present, including some large pike.
Largemouth Bass: below average abundance, average size.
Bluegill: average abundance, average size.
Crappie: average abundance, average size.
Channel Catfish: low abundance, average size.
Bullhead species: low abundance, larger than average size.
Yellow Perch: low abundance, small size.

Boat Access:

The boat launch is located within the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park Reserve operated by Anoka County. There is a fee to enter the park, but not to use the boat launch.

Shore Angling:

Angling is allowed from shore within the park, but it may take a long hike to reach some sites. Anglers also fish from shore from the shoulder of County Road 14 between town and the park entrance. Shore fishing may be limited by overhanging trees or aquatic vegetation.

Management Plans:


  1. Re-survey in 2013. Population assessment in 2019.
  2. Stock 828,000 walleye fry (3,000 per littoral acre) in even numbered years.
  3. Stock surplus walleye fry (2,500 per littoral acre -690,000 fish) in even number years, when available.
  4. Operation of winter aeration by Anoka County as needed to prevent winterkill.

Exotic Species Alert:

This lake contains Eurasian water milfoil. Remove any visible plants from your boat, trailer or other boating equipment before leaving the lake.


Centerville has been a good walleye fishing lake. The most recent population assessment indicated a large increase in the northern pike population, which had been traditionally low in this lake. The increased pike level may reduce the effectiveness of walleye stocking on this lake.

This lake has an aerator to prevent winterkill. Ice anglers should be especially cautious when traveling on the ice as the aerator and numerous springs around the shoreline often result in large areas of open water.

Panfish levels have increased and populations of carp and bullheads decreased greatly since aeration began on this lake in the mid 1980s. Water quality and vegetation abundance have increased as a result of lower rough fish populations.

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