Southern CA Freshwater

Winchester: Lake Skinner bass rods goin’ bendo

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Jul 03, 2019

WINCHESTER — Largemouth bass anglers are really starting to pile up some numbers at Lake Skinner, and the size of many of the biters are nothing to shake a stick at either. A reaction bite has developed on a specific pattern, but finesse tactics are still producing best.

LAKE SKINNER PRODUCED huge numbers of bass for Al Lecesne of Riverside including largemouth of 7.14, 5.9 and 4 pounds.

“There is a reaction-bait bite on bluegill-pattern squarebill crankbaits, but there is more consistent action on plastics,” said Riverside angler Al Lecesne. “I have been fishing 4- and 5-inch Senkos on a Zappu Head, fishing it on the fall then dead sticking it, then dragging it in. They are also liking Ikas in watermelon patterns and 4-inch Zoom lizards on a drop-shot and Carolina rig.”

He told Western Outdoor News the water temp is ranging from 74 to 78 degrees, and productive areas include the North Shore and the bank to the left of the dam. He’s been fishing with Jim Slack of Riverside, and their biggest three went 7.14, 5.9 and 4 pounds. As for numbers, they combined for 20 bass on their most recent outing, and 33 on the previous trip.

“Throw right at the tules and work back to deeper water,” he added. “Baits need to hit within a foot or two of the tules, and reaction baits should quarter or parallel the tules or shoreline.”

Joe Hernandez also reached out to WON after a solid outing on Skinner. He stuck 7 largemouth on a recent trip followed by 9 the next day. The biggest went 6 pounds, and he was working a Neko rig.

Striped bass have been slow other than some smaller models coming in on cut baits or trolled flies, but catfish have been very consistent for at least a month. Standard catfish fare like mackerel and chicken livers have been getting the job done around Ramp 2, and the Inlet and Dam area is also kicking out a few. Another 400-plus-pound stock is slated to arrive on July 5.

JOE HERNANDEZ WITH a Lake Skinner Neko-rig bass.

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