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

Location/Address:
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
Bluegill
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: 8/13/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
Bluegill / Redear  Good  All sizes Try worms or small jigs and spinners fished slowly around structure and along weedlines. Grasshoppers are also a good bait for bluegill and redear.
Channel Catfish  Fair/good  All sizes Try shad sides, liver, live bait, worms or prepared baits. Grasshoppers are also a good bait for catfish. 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  All sizes Try minnows, small jigs or small spinners fished around brush and structure.  
Largemouth Bass  Fair/good  All sizes Try jigs, worms, spinner baits, or crankbaits fished around brush, structure, or along weedlines. 
Rainbow trout  Slow  10 - 15" Try power bait, small spinners, spoons, flies, small crankbaits, worms, or corn. Trout will generally be found in depths of 20 to 40 feet throughout  the summer months. Bi-weekly stockings of 935 fish ended in May, and will resume in October 2014. 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
Surface water temperatures are 83 - 87 degrees. Water levels on many 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.