WINCHESTER — Cooler water temps seem to be inciting Lake Skinner’s rainbow trout to go on the chew, as anglers reported steady trouting all this past week.
“The water temperature is between 51 and 55 degrees,” said Lake Skinner Manager Candy Grajczyk. “Water level has dropped 5 feet and the inlet is flowing moderately.
NINE-YEAR-OLD LUKE CRUME of Temecula landed this 2.5-pound rainbow trout while tossing a Rat-L-Trap from shore at Lake Skinner this past week.
“Trout limits were caught all this past week on nightcrawlers and PowerBait,” Grajczyk noted. “All colors were working well, especially garlic flavored. Small Power Trout Worms in brown, orange or blood red; white Mice Tails; and small lures such as Kastmasters, Super Dupers, Panther Martins and Rooster Tails have all been working. The east bay seems to be producing the most action for those soaking nightcrawlers.”
Five-year-old Tyler Soltys of Winchester used rainbow PowerBait in the east bay for a limit of trout in the 2- to 3.5-pound range. Twelve-year-old Kurt Hoak of Menifee scored a pair of rainbows at 1.5 and 3 pounds using Salmon Peach PowerBait at the east bay and Ramp 2. Nine-year-old Luke Crume of Temecula managed a 2.5-pound rainbow on a Rat-L-Trap fished off a point.
Action for other species has been on the slow side, with only a few stripers showing for anglers fishing A rigs, swimbaits or white flies in deeper water. Anglers have also reportedly been seeing a number of largemouth cruising the shorelines, but the fish have been tough to tempt. A handful of bass have been falling for drop-shot pink or purple Roboworms or nightcrawlers fished deep around the inlet.
Bluegill have been taking crickets, nightcrawlers or mealworms fished with little weight in 10 to 12 feet of water off points. A few quality catfish continue to fall for anchovies or sardines.
The next trout plant is slated to arrive this Friday, Feb. 1.