Mined Land Wildlife Area Fishing Information
Nearby towns include Cherokee, Columbus, Oswego, Pittsburg, Scammon and West Mineral
Cherokee, Crawford, Neosho & Labette Counties
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism 620-231-3173
A trout permit is required for all anglers over 16 years years of age fishing the trout lake in unit 30. New in 2008, youth 15 and younger can fish for and possess trout, but their daily creel limit is reduced to 2 fish per day.
|Species||Rating||Size||Baits, Method & Location|
|Bluegill / Redear||Good||All sizes||Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly near the bottom. Fly fishing opportunities are also present; hook sizes of 10-12 with a floating fly or popper may yield fish up to 8 inches.|
|Channel Catfish||Fair||All sizes||Try shad sides, liver, worms or prepared baits. 14,000 channel catfish are stocked in the Mined Land Wildlife Area every October. These fish are 8-16 inches in length and average 1/3 pound each.|
|Crappie||Fair/good||All sizes||Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure.|
|Largemouth Bass||Good||All sizes||Try jigs, worms, or spinner baits fished slowly around brush, aquatic vegetation, and structure.|
|Rainbow trout||Good||10 - 15"||Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. The first rainbow trout stocking of the spring season was made on January 10, 2018 of approximately 924 fish. Additional stockings were made on February 5, 2018 of 1036 fish and February 28, 2018 of 560 fish. Most rainbows are 10 inches in length when stocked and average 1/2 lb. each. Five percent of each stocking is comprised of 14-inch or larger fish. Trout can live year-around in this unique strip-mined lake, so fish in the 3-5 pound range are occassionally caught.|
Aquatic Nuisance Species Alert: Be on the look out for Eurasian Watermilfoil if you're fishing on the Mined Land Wildlife Area. This aquatic nuisance plant is present and abundant on multiple strip pits on the Mined Land Wildlife Area. The plant can reproduce rapidly and develop dense mats that don't allow for other beneficial aquatic plants to grow. Eurasian watermilfoil can also impact the fish community in a lake, so please be sure to inspect and clean your fishing gear. More information on Eurasian Watermilfoil may be found at the following link: https://ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Aquatic-Nuisance-Species/Aquatic-Nuisance-Species-List/Eurasian-Watermilfoil. Please remember to Clean, Drain, and Dry your kayak, boat, boat trailer, and bait buckets.
Trout Anglers - 3,500 small 6 to 9-inch brown trout were stocked on Jan. 24, 2017. Brown trout must be 20-inches in length to be your possession. Please handle these small browns with care and release them immediately so we may produce some quality-size fish in the future. Youth 15 and younger are not required to purchase a trout permit, but their daily creel limit is 2 trout/day. All anglers 16 and older are required to have a trout stamp to fish in the trout lake in Unit #30.
|Fishing Population||Creel Limit||Min Length Limit|
|Channel Catfish||5||15-inch minimum|
|Largemouth Bass||5||13-18 inch slot|
|Spotted Bass||5||15-inch minimum|
|Rainbow Trout||5 (Unit #30)||None|
|Brown Trout||1||20-inch minimum|
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination
****Channel Catfish or Blue Catfish in combination