Mined Land Wildlife Area

Nearby towns include Cherokee, Columbus, Oswego, Pittsburg, Scammon And West Mineral

Cherokee, Crawford, & Labette Counties

Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks 620-231-3173

Mined Land Wildlife Area

West Mineral, KS

Impoundment Type: State Fishing Lake

Surface Acres: 1500 acres of water. More than 200 strip-mined lakes up to 50 acres in size

Maximum Depth: 60 feet

Normal Lake Level: N/A

Current Lake Level: N/A

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.

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Black Bullhead
Channel Catfish 5 15-inch minimum
Crappie 50 None
Largemouth Bass 5 13-18 inch slot
Spotted Bass 5 15-inch minimum
Walleye 5 18-inch minimum
Rainbow Trout 5 (Unit #30) None
Brown Trout 1 20-inch minimum
Wiper 2 18-inch minimum
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 5/1/2015

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Fair/good  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and along weedlines. 
Channel Catfish  Fair  All sizes Try shad sides, liver, live bait, worms or prepared baits. 14,000 channel catfish are stocked in the Mined Land Wildlife 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 in shallow areas. Water temperatures are now in the low to mid-60's so some crappie should be in shallow to spawn.  
Largemouth Bass  Fair/good  All sizes Try jigs, worms, spinner baits, or crankbaits fished around brush, structure, or along weedlines. 
Rainbow trout  Very good  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. Bi-weekly stockings of 935 fish resumed on October 16, 2014 and will continue through May 2015. 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.
General Comments
Water levels on some lakes are two to three feet low. Use extreme caution when using the boat ramp. Trout Anglers - 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 Area # 30. Brown trout less than 20-inches in length must be returned to the water immediately. The creel limit for browns is one fish per day.