Regional Reports-Midwest

Warrick and Pike counties

Warrick and Pike counties are home to over 100 reclaimed strip mines full of bass and panfish. Use light tackle to throw dark plastic worms and small crankbaits. The 16 former coal pits within the Interlake tract northeast of Lynnville off State Routes 61 and 68 are remote and difficult to access, but they can be honeyholes for intrepid anglers. The 28 reclaimed strip mines in northwestern Warrick County's Blue Grass Fish and Wildlife Area are more accessible and are proven lunker havens. Best bets include Blue Grass Pit north of New Harmony Road, Loon Pit south of New Harmony Road and Otter Pit south of Kansas Road. Sugar Ridge FWA near Winslow in Pike County has 95 pits ranging from less than 1 acre to nearly 20 acres. Contact: District 7 fisheries biologist Dan Carnahan (812-789-2724).