Free Fishing Weekend & Annual Derby

The first full weekend in June is typically a free fishing weekend across Kansas, including the Mined Land Wildlife Areas. Scheduled to coincide with the free fishing weekend is a fishing derby hosted by the Cherokee County Sportsman’s Fish & Game Association.

Free Fishing Weekend

Typically held the first Saturday and Sunday of June, while a fishing license is not needed, all other regulations must still be followed, including length and creel limits, equipment requirements, etc. Details.

Annual Free Fishing Derby

Held the first Saturday of every June, this fishing derby is open to kids 16 and under, and adults 60 and over, with prizes awarded in all divisions.

Register at Sportsman’s Clubhouse near West Mineral, Kansas by 1 p.m. All participants must supply their own equipment. Fishing is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at any of the nearby strip pit lakes. Free hot dogs and drinks are included. No late entries or return.

Directions to Sportsman’s Clubhouse

Sportsman’s Clubhouse is located just north of NW 70th and Belleview, Columbus, Kansas.

From Scammon area: 7 miles west to NW 70th, and 3 miles south.
From Oswego area: 7 miles east on US-160 to 70th, and 4 miles north.
From Columbus area: 7 miles west on US-160 to 70th, and 4 miles north.

Note: NW 70th is also known as Sportsman’s Pit Road to many locals.