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Winchester: Largemouth, stripers picking up at Lake Skinner

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Sep 11, 2019

Catfish bite remains as consistent as it has been all summer with two plants left

WINCHESTER — Fall is creeping in, and that’s evident in the form of activating largemouth bass at Lake Skinner.On the other hand, the final two catfish plants of the season will go in this month and serve as an extension of summer.

SKINN DEEP — Carson Hartman of Temecula with a Lake Skinner largemouth he drop-shotted up near the Buoy Line.

There’s been a consistent bite on largemouth tight to tules along the North Shore and throughout the East End. Finesse plastics have been working in both areas along with the occasional frog. Recently, bass are being caught on new areas including along the Buoy Line where WON source Carson Hartman stuck some via the drop-shot. Other anglers are reporting a fair but improving jerkbait bite when they find bass active near the surface.

“The early-morning frog bite is decent since the tules are flooded,” said SoCal guide Art Hill. “Topwater early and late, and the East End and North Shore are the placed to fish Ima Skimmers for topwater, and the usual plastics after the surface bite dies: Senkos and Ikas, plus the drop-shot will get you bit.”

Catfish have been the most dependable biters all summer, and that will continue into October with stocks going in Sept. 13 and 27. Those will be the final catfish plants of the season. Chicken livers, mackerel and shrimp are all working for quality fish with Ramp 2 and the surrounding coves standing out as the top spots. A few more are biting near the inlet and Buoy Line.

Striped bass are also trending in the right direction with smaller fish being caught on anchovies, smaller swimbaits and shad caught in the lake. Most of that activity is offshore of the Inlet, especially when it’s flowing.

Panfish have been slow, but a few bluegill are being caught on waxworms, mealworms or redworms either under a bobber or deeper on a Carolina rig.

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