Lake Skinner Fishing Report 2022 [Tips, Spots, Pictures, and Everything You Need to Know]

How To Fish Lake Skinner

Lake Skinner Fishing Report

Lake Skinner (officially known as Skinner Reservoir) is a small lake that sits outside Los Angeles.

Overall it’s a popular weekend getaway lake known for its striped bass and largemouth bass fishing. In the winter rainbow trout are planted in the lake as well.


So what are the best tips for fishing Lake Skinner?  There are three important factors you must know  if you want to know how to fish Lake Skinner successfully. First, you need to know what kind of fish is in Lake Skinner. Second, it’s important for you to know which part of the lake each species can be found. Lastly, knowing what are the best baits that work on Lake Skinner is vital.  However, tactics, baits, and locations will be different for each type of fish that you target. So let’s talk about the steps you need to take in order to give you the best chance of catching a fish on Lake Skinner.

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About Lake Skinner

Lake Skinner is a shallow body of water with the average depth being 25 feet and a maximum depth of 75 feet when the lake is completely full. Being 2.5 miles long, fishing at Lake Skinner can be amazing when you have 1,400 acres to fish. Skinner Lake gives locals and visitors the opportunity to test their luck in catching one of the many game species this lake has to offer.

Important Lake Warnings

Algae blooms may be present which may affect fishing, swimming, and water contact in general. 

According to parks.ca.gov, “every one of California’s new laws requires boat operators to have a California Boating Card. The card is required for anyone under the age of 41 to operate a boat in California’s waters.”

If you are fishing and camping, fire bans may be in effect due to the ongoing drought conditions.

What Kind Of Fish Are In Lake Skinner

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • White and Black Crappie
  • Bluegill and Sunfish
  • Catfish

Lake Skinner Fishing Tips & General Strategies

It can be a challenge to break down Lake Skinner and decide to get started. 

If you’re in southern California, this is one of the premier lakes to fish for striped bass due their numbers and in large size.

Largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, and trout are also in large quantities in this lake.  

Most of the fish such as bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish will spawn in the spring.  Bass will spawn in 1’-15’-feet of water notably on rocky structure, gravel flats, humps, and small creek inlets and cuts.  

When the summer heat sets in, the bass, bluegill, and crappie will move to deeper water to approximately 15’-30’-feet of water. Focus on drops offs, channels, points, submerged humps. Deeper area with chunk rock ranging from baseball to basketball size will attract predatory fish like bass, crappie and catfish because it provides a safe area the prey (crayfish, bream, and minnows) can hide.

If you can find the ideal spot at the ideal depth then it will most likely assist you in catching fish.

But Where Are The Best Places To Fish At Lake Skinner?

And in no particular order here is that list of the best fishing spots at Lake Skinner.

DISCLAIMER:  The material provided is for general information purposes only. It’s important to understand that any information provided in this article can change at any time. Any maps or graphics featured are not to be used as navigational aids. Fishing Blueprint will not be responsible for any personal injury or property damage from any misuse of the maps or graphics provided.   It’s completely impossible to give you every single spot where you can potentially catch a fish.  But, what this list does do is to give you a helping hand and narrow down to the most productive fishing spots.

South Shore - Toilet Cove To Boat Bouys

But look closer…

Screenshot Navionics - not to be used for navigation

If you’re targeting striped bass, then you have to check out this area.

Schools of striped bass will suspend around the river channel ledge and multiple points this area offers. 

The secret to effective striper fishing is using high-quality fish sonar to find where the bass are holding.  Often it’s easier to find the school of baitfish first, then you’ll often see striped bass nearby

Below, I included a primer-blueprint to help you quickly and easily get started with stripped bass fishing even if you did it before.  Ready? Here we go…

If it’s windy, stormy, or if the stripers are actively feeding:

  1. Consider casting or trolling white or silver lipless crankbaits, silver spoons, big inline spinners, hard plastic minnow-style jointed swimbaits, and umbrella rigs work really well.
  2. When the stripers are busting shad on the surface, try walking a topwater walking bait, whopper plopper, or an umbrella rig.

Don’t forget – in windy conditions you can slow your drift using a drift sock for slowing your boat down without having to drain your battery.

In calm conditions, or if the bass are not active you have a few options to target: 

  1. Consider dropping cut frozen anchovies down to where the bass are holding in open water
  2. Jig a flutter spoon over the school to get them activated
  3. Swim or jig a bucktail hair jig over or through the school
  4. Swim or jig a finesse 4″ soft plastic swimbait through or over the school

Have a bright-colored crankbait ready if the striped bass dive when the boat approaches the boil; one of these tactics should deliver at least a couple of good fish.

Lastly, do you want to escape the heat? In the evenings, anchor off of points and fish deep with cut frozen or fresh anchovies.  Works best when you use a green light to attract the baitfish!

Located: southside near the dam end.

Structural features: Submerged river channel, ledges, points, sparse artificial structure. 

Best species to target: Striped bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak, float tube

Inlet Area

This area is a water inlet flowing into the lake. 

Anytime you observe an area with a constant supply of current it should be checked for fish. The flowing water into the area brings nutrients and food for the local baitfish to eat.  Naturally, the bass will follow the baitfish and pick off the sick or injured in this area. 

Another important feature about this area is since it provides a constant flow of current and swirling water, it subsequently provides a constant source of oxygen.  If there is a constant source of oxygen, it means the area is less likely to be affected by severe weather or seasonal changes (ex: the fall turnover) and it will attract fish all year long.  

You’ll notice the locals lining the boats up along the boat boundary buoys and casting large swimbaits and umbrella rigs upstream.  

Here is a list of lures that can work great in this area: topwater lures, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, umbrella rigs, jerkbaits, chatterbaits, swim jigs, hair jigs, and underspin jigs.

Located: northside near the dam end.

Structural features: Inlet of flowing water. 

Best species to target: Striped bass, largemouth bass, crappie

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak, float tube

The Ridge

But look closer…

Screenshot Navionics - not to be used for navigation

This area is great because it’s a man-made ridge made from concrete and chunk rock. This main lake spot will also hold striped bass and largemouth bass year-round. 

It’s wise to scan the entire ridge because fish will migrate to different sections of the ridge.

A little-known fact about this area is it can produce a great early morning topwater bite. 

Here’s a list of effective baits and techniques you can use in this area:

Calm or post-frontal conditions: Senkos, drop shot rig, tubes, Neko rig, football jigs

Windy, pre-frontal: topwater lures, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, umbrella rigs, jerkbaits, chatterbaits, swim jigs, hair jigs, and underspin jigs.

Located: northside near the dam end.

Structural features: man-made ridge

Best species to target: Striped bass, largemouth bass, crappie

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak, float tube

North Bay

This big area is a mouth to a large grass cove and best of all there are two primary ways to fish it. 

First, you have the option to start by scanning the important structures that can hold fish such as channel swings, drop offs and deep points. 

Next, try to identify if there is any secondary cover (ie; brush piles, boulders, rock piles, vertical timber, submerged weeds, or artificial habitat) associated with the structure.

Third, look to see if there is any baitfish associated with that cover. 

If there is, there is a good chance there is a bass nearby, so you may want to try to fish that spot. 

Important, if you do not see any secondary cover or baitfish in the area you’re scanning – keep moving. Don’t waste your time on this spot. You can always come back to it later.   

Also if you see any isolated cover such as a solitary brush pile, laydown or vertical timber chances are it will also hold a few fish.    

The second way to fish this area is to concentrate your effort on fishing vegetation. 

It’s a fairly large area that has very little change in depth and is covered in vegetation. Sometimes this vegetation can grow to the surface creating a floating mat or canopy. 

When the weeds are just developing or dying off, this huge flat fishes well, creating deep channels in the vegetation. Bass will hide in weed-filled holes and ambush bait.

It’s relatively shallow (between 3 and 10 feet deep) and what makes this spot unique is all the cover the fish can hide in and call home. Parts of the flat close to deep water, if the fish feel threatened, they can retreat to.  Fishing the outside edges can frequently result in fish being caught.

Here’s a list of effective baits and techniques you can use in this area:

Calm or post-frontal conditions: Senkos, drop shot rig, tubes, Neko rig, football jigs

Windy, pre-frontal, summer conditions: topwater lures, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, umbrella rigs, jerkbaits, chatterbaits, swim jigs, hair jigs, and underspin jigs.

Artificial habitat/structure: drop shot rig, crankbaits, Neko rig, wacky worm

Grass/ reeds/ tulles: frog lures, flipping lures, heavy vegetation punching, Texas rigged Senko, Mojo rig. In submerged grass; drop shot rig, soft plastic swimbaits, swim jigs, crankbaits, lipless crankbaits all work great!

Rocks, points, cuts: crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigs, and Carolina rigs

Unfortunately, there is no night fishing at Lake Skinner.

Anchoring over the points near the inlet and fishing the deep channels are great for catching catfish and crappie.

Located: northeast

Structural features: channel swings, drop offs, deep points, vegetation, tullies

Best species to target: Striped bass, largemouth bass, crappie, trout

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak, float tube

Social Security Cove

This spot is defined by a sheltered cove with multiple  points, ledges, ridges, drop offs and humps. This means you have many different structures you can target and fish. 

The most productive primary structures are the main lake points, channels and ditches. Look for rock piles, high spots and ridges that are close to these primary structures. 

The back of the cove is phenomenal during the spring spawn.

Before trying to fish everything, be sure to take some time and scan these areas first with your fish finder to see if there are any bait or bass relating to that particular spot.  If you see bait or bass in the spot then fish it.

Calm or post-frontal conditions: Senkos, drop shot rig, tubes, Neko rig, football jigs, and Carolina rigs.

Windy, pre-frontal: topwater lures, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, lipless crankbaits, jerkbaits, umbrella rigs, soft plastic swimbaits, swim jigs, chatterbaits, frog lures, underspin jigs, and hair jigs.

Located: midlake east side

Structural features: sheltered cove with multiple points, ledges, ridges, drop offs, and humps

Best species to target: Striped bass, largemouth bass, crappie, trout

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak, float tube

South Bay

But look closer…

South shore ledges - Navionics - not to be used for navigation

South Bay is great if you enjoy fishing vegetation. 

It’s a fairly large area that has very little change in depth and is covered in vegetation. 

The shorelines are lined with tulles and you’ll also notice submerged and floating grass mats more notably deeper you travel back in the cove. 

Most anglers prefer the north shore of this bay and can fish well all year long especially in the spring and summer.  

The south shore features steep rocky banks,ledges and drop offs and fishes great in the summer and winter.

Here’s a list of effective baits and techniques you can use in this area:

Calm or post-frontal conditions: Senkos, drop shot rig, tubes, Neko rig, football jigs

Windy, pre-frontal, summer conditions: topwater lures, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, umbrella rigs, jerkbaits, chatterbaits, swim jigs, hair jigs, and underspin jigs.

Artificial habitat/structure: drop shot rig, crankbaits, Neko rig, wacky worm

Grass/ reeds/ tulles: frog lures, flipping lures, heavy vegetation punching, Texas rigged Senko, Mojo rig. In submerged grass; drop shot rig, soft plastic swimbaits, swim jigs, crankbaits, lipless crankbaits all work great!

Rocks, points, cuts: crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigs, and Carolina rigs

Unfortunately, there is no night fishing at Lake Skinner.

Anchoring over the points near the inlet and fishing the deep channels are great for catching stripers, trout, catfish and crappie.

Located: southeast

Structural features: channel swings, drop offs, deep points, vegetation, tullies

Best species to target: Striped bass, largemouth bass, crappie, trout

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak, float tube

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How To Catch Fish In Lake Skinner?

Rainbow Trout

California Department of Fish and Wildlife grows and stocks local lakes and reservoirs like this lake with Rainbow Trout.

Due to this lake being relatively unpressured, deep, and colder, and most other desert reservoirs, the stocked trout do very well. 

Furthermore, trout are produced in local fisheries, they are healthy and have no limit on the amount of trout that can be consumed.

Typically trout are stocked frequently, however, it can vary. 

Sometimes you’ll read this lake has steelhead trout, but no rainbow trout, or visa versa… 

This can be confusing for a lot of people. Are rainbow trout and steelhead trout the same?

Short answer, they are nearly the same species.

But, if you have ever wondered, what is the real difference between a rainbow trout and a steelhead trout? We wrote a definitive report called, “What’s the Difference Between A Rainbow Trout Vs Steelhead”.  Click here to read it, so you can end the confusion once and for all. 

General Trout Details

Spawn: March-May

Food: insects and crustaceans. 

California State Record: 27 lbs 0 oz. Caught 10/02/2005 in Lake Natoma.

Table Quality: Depending on the fishes diet, the meat can be white to orange-red in color. The meat is firm, flaky, and is considered excellent eating.

Angling techniques:

  • Worms
  • Salmon eggs
  • Powerbait
  • Corn
  • Cheese
  • Marshmallows
  • Spinners
  • Spoons
  • Flies
  • *The number one key to successful trout fishing, is to use light line (2 to 6 pound) and small hooks (10-14 sizes), and small sinkers

On a Side Note: Tips For Trolling for Trout

If you have access to a boat or kayak, try to put as many lures in the water as possible (obviously, check local laws, regulations, and restrictions, as well as knowing if certain locations have limits) and as far away from the boat as feasible.

Some utilize planer boards and even down riggers to keep the lines away from the boat.

Here’s where a smart professional fishing-guide can and will hook you up with some of the biggest, toughest-fighting fish you’ll ever encounter.

Having high-quality electronics aids in establishing the depth at which fish are continuously feeding, as well as which food source is being consumed the most frequently.

If you examine the shoreline’s structure along with using your fish finder, study the underwater topography of the lake.

If you notice a cliff, it’s likely that the water at its base is deep. 

If you observe a chain of islands or exposed main lake humps, there’s a good chance there’s a shallow shoal or channel between them.

Trout prefer drop-offs, channels, and ledges, so you’ll want to troll parallel to these locations rather than over them. 

If you stumble upon a place and catch a trout, there’s a good chance there are more.


Luckily there is an in-depth report that you can access, called How To Troll for Trout [A Beginner’s Guide], you’ll learn all the special tips and strategies many of the fishing guides will keep to themselves. Click here to learn more, so you can extend your fishing season all year long.

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass is a carnivorous member of the sunfish family.

California grows some MONSTER bass.  At any time you could hook into a bass that could be your all-time personal best.  

In general, if the water clarity is clear to a slightly stained lake. Meaning finesse techniques (like drop shot fishing), small lures (like football jigs), and thin diameter line gets you the most bites when the wind is calm. 

On the other hand, if the water is moderately stained or murky, then you need to choose darker lures. This also means you can get away with using thicker diameter line.

Since the 1980’s this lake has been stocked with Florida-strain largemouth bass. Bass fishing in this lake is not as popular as trout or salmon fishing. Luckily, you can still catch a giant bass by lobbying large swimbaits for glide baits in trout patterns. 

Once your arm gets tired you can still catch a ton of fish by throwing a drop shot rig, small crankbait, or dragging a Texas rigged Senko around a fish attracting structure.

If that doesn’t catchem, you can switch to either a drop shot rig or a Neko rig and target points, boulders, or channel swings. 

Read more: Beginner’s Guide To Bass Fishing Basics – Tips, Secrets & Things To Avoid

General Largemouth Bass Details

Spawn: Spring, March-May

Food: Shad, minnows, small trout, small salmon, bluegill, perch, crayfish

California State Record: 21lbs 12 oz. Caught in 1991 in Castaic Lake at the main boat ramp.

Table Quality: Decent. Firm white meat. 

Angling techniques:

Striped Bass

Commonly known as “stripers”, striped bass travel into freshwater streams to reproduce, yet they are saltwater natives.

Most landlocked striped bass will grow to an average size of 12-20 inches and weigh 1-3 pounds. However, some striped bass can grow to become enormous and can weigh as much as 70+ pounds! 

Because their eggs need to move in order to hatch, stripers prefer freshwater rivers and streams as spawning places.

Once a lake or river is dammed off, the area is often inundated by landlocked stripers.

One great example of this is the striped bass that are found in the Colorado river lakes near the California-Arizona border. The river was a key spawning habitat before dams were created, and many giant stripers have come from these waters.

When targeting stripers, focus the majority of your fishing on the deepest water the lake has to offer. Stripers are typically nearby if you can find schools of shad.

It’s strongly recommended you invest in a good fish finder/ sonar unit. Bait fish will appear as a clump of tiny dots suspended in the water column.  Additionally, striped bass will appear as larger arcs below or near the school of shad.  If you see striped bass near the school of shad you need to fish it.

Stripers may be caught on a variety of baits such as minnow baits, jointed crankbaits, umbrella rigs, or swimming spoons at proper depths when the baitfish are suspended over the deep water.

If you notice any surface feeding action, using topwater baits such as walking baits, or surface prop baits such as whopper ploppers make fishing an absolute blast. 

Jigging spoons perform insanely well when the stripers are deep.

Striped bass can often be found in medium to deep water coves and secondary lake arms. One of the first places to find striped bass is to look at your fishing map and find distinct changes in depth such as drop offs or river channel swings.

Striped bass can always be caught using live bait, cut bait (such as frozen anchovy, shad, shrimp, or squid – yep even in lakes), as well as chicken livers.

Lastly, trolling is another great approach to catch stripers. Use larger sizes of flashing lures. Stripers may be caught on a variety of baits such as minnow baits, jointed crankbaits, umbrella rigs, or swimming spoons

General Striped Bass Details

Spawn: April – mid-June in flowing water, current or rivers

Food: Shad, dead or alive. 

California State Record: 67 lb 8 oz. 45.25 in. O’Neill Forebay. Hank Ferguson, Soquel 5/7/1992

Table Quality: The meat is excellent. It’s firm, flaky and white. There is a red lateral line that must be removed otherwise it gives off a strong “fishy” taste. Otherwise, these make excellent fish fry meals.

Angling techniques:

  • Frozen shad or anchovies as “cut bait”
  • Small soft plastic swimbait
  • Spoons
  • Streamer flies

White and Black Crappie

If you like crappie fishing, this lake is filled with them. 

The best time to fish for crappie in this lake and other lakes similar to it is in summertime while you’re night using a submerged green light. If you don’t know what a green fishing light is, or if you’re unfamiliar, then click this link to learn more.

Green light fishing at night in this lake is amazing. If you haven’t done it you are missing out. The nights are cool and the night sky is filled with stars…

Anyway, I digress…

White crappie tend to linger over submerged brush and timber and are found in schools. The white crappie are much more tolerant in warmer water than their black crappie cousins. 

White crappie have a more “silvery” appearance and lack the dark vertical bars when compared to the black crappie.  

Black crappie can be described as having irregular black dots and blotches on the back and have more of a “silvery-olive” background.

Average weight of a white or black crappie in this lake is probably going to be just under a pound. 

General Crappie Details

Spawn: April – mid-June

Food: Larvae, small fish, and crustaceans. Threadfin shad and minnows make up their main diet. 

California State Record: 

  • White crappie: 4 lbs 8 oz. Caught 4/26/1971 in Clear Lake using minnows.
  • Black crappie: 4 lbs 8 oz. Caught 2/17/2021 in Clear Lake using minnows.

Table Quality: The meat is excellent. It’s firm, flaky and white. 

Angling techniques:

  • Live minnows under bobbers
  • Crappie jigs
  • Crappie tubes
  • Silver spoons
  • Spinners

Catfish

There are four species of catfish in California, the blue catfish, bullhead catfish, channel catfish, white catfish.   

Catfish are predatory animals and scavengers. Some can get very big, while others remain small. They tend to spend most of their time on the bottom of the lake versus swimming higher in the water column suspended. 

Catfish can have up to 8 whisker-like barbels by their mouths to help them detect food. 

Blue catfish can get very big. They can weigh more than 100 pounds and grow to around 5 feet long. They have 8 whisker-like barbels by their mouths. They prefer larger cut bait and live bait 

Conversely, bullhead catfish tend to be smaller and will weigh on average about 1-2-pounds, but can grow to around 4-5-pounds. 

Channel catfish weight will range from 0.5-to-15-pounds in this lake, however the average weight will be between 1-4-pounds. 

The smallest of all catfish in North America is the white catfish. These catfish are considered rare by anglers’ standards. They average 1-2 pounds and will grow to only about a foot.

All species prefer warmer coves, but can also be found scavenging near the marinas, or around the dam.  

All can be caught with live bait, cut bait or dough bait. Some of the best baits you can use are chicken livers, hotdogs, anchovies, mackerel or sardines, catfish stink-bait/dough baits, or even night crawlers. warm coves or near the dam. 

General Catfish Details

Spawn: March-June

Food: Carp, bluegill

California State Record: 

Blue catfish –  72 lbs 14 oz. Caught 4/22/2003 in Colorado River (Riverside).

Bullhead catfish – 4 lbs 8 oz. Caught 10/7/1993 in Trinity Lake.

Channel catfish –  53 lbs 8 oz. Caught 9/22/2008 in San Joaquin River.

White catfish –  22 lbs 0 oz. Caught 3/21/1994 in Land Park pond (Sacramento).

Table Quality: Soft white meat. In the summer the meat will taste muddy.

Angling techniques:

  • chicken liver
  • hotdogs
  • stink bait
  • small live bluegill, sunfish, or perch
  • Frozen cut bait; anchovies, mackerel or sardines.

Bluegill or Sunfish

Also known collectively as “panfish” or “bream”, these small fish are both predators and prey. They fulfill a mid-tier predator role in the ecosystem. 

Panfish are highly aggressive and eat minnows, bass fry (newly hatched baby bass), and insects. 

The bluegill has teal-blue coloring on the bottom portion of the chin and gill plate. It also has a solid black opercula flap just behind the gill plate.

Fun fact: The oldest reported age for a bluegill is 10 years.

With the exception of appearance and size, the redear sunfish is quite similar to the bluegill. The dorsal fin of the redear sunfish features tiny vertical bands that go downward. It has a black dorsal color and a yellow-green ventral tint. The male’s operculum has a cherry-red edge, while the female’s has an orange coloring.

These panfish are found on the shoreline and prefer nearby structures. They are incredibly aggressive and will quickly attack anything that looks like it could be eaten. Due to their aggressive behavior, they are one of the easiest fish to catch and are a great way to introduce someone to fishing.

General Bluegill/ Sunfish Details

Spawn: April and May

Food: Small fish and insects

California State Record

Bluegill – 3 lbs 14 oz. Caught 6/22/2008 in Rancho Murieta Reservoir.

Sunfish (red ear) – 5 lbs 3 oz. 6/27/1994 in Folsom South Canal (Sacramento) 

Table Quality: Firm, white meat 

Angling techniques: 

  • Worms
  • Dough balls
  • Slim Jim sausages pieces on a small hook (not lying… it really works)
  • Small spinners
  • Trout flies

Boat Ramps at Lake Skinner

Lake Skinner Fees

Boat Launch: $7

Camping:   $30-50 per night

       Day use:   $6 per adult | $3 per child (12 and younger)

       Fishing:   $10 per adult  – per day

                         $8 per child (12 and younger) – per day

Pets:  $2 each, per day

Sewage Dump Fee:   (non-camper): $20

Lake Skinner North Boat Ramp

Location: north side of Lake Skinner Recreation Area

37701 Warren Rd, Winchester, CA 92596

dfg.ca.gov

(951) 926-1505

Lanes: 5

Restrooms: Yes

Showers: no

Gas: No

Camping nearby: Yes

Lake Skinner South Boat Ramp

Location: south side of Lake Skinner Recreation Area

37701 Warren Rd, Winchester, CA 92596

dfg.ca.gov

(951) 926-1505

Lanes: 2

Restrooms: Yes

Showers: no

Gas: No

Camping nearby: Yes

Tackle Shops Near Lake Skinner

Camp Store at Lake Skinner

37701 Warren Road, Winchester, CA 92596

(951) 926-1541

Nearby boat ramp: Yes

Groceries available: Yes

Gas: No

Bathrooms: Yes

Showers: No

Camping nearby: Yes

Lakeside Market

4164 N Perris Blvd a, Perris, CA 92571

(951) 943-4364

Last Chance Bait & Tackle

3356 Wentworth Dr, Hemet, CA 92545

lastchancetackle.com

(951) 658-7410

Frank’s Bait & Tackle

12142 California St, Yucaipa, CA 92399

buyfrankstackle.com

(909) 855-2911

Sportsman’s Warehouse

2585 Tuscany St, Corona, CA 92881

stores.sportsmans.com

(951) 382-7100

Camping Near Lake Skinner

Lake Skinner Recreation Area & Campgrounds

  • Sites – 380 total separated into 3 campgrounds
      • RVs welcome. Full and partial hookups available
      • Standard sites/ tent sites available
      • 28-day stay sites: available
  • Handicap sites available
  • Camp store available: Yes
  • Dump station available: Yes
  • Low season: October – March
  • High season: April – September 
  • Pets welcome: Yes
  • Boat ramp nearby: Yes
  • Boat rentals available: Yes
  • Fire ring: Yes
  • Grill:  Yes
  • Drinking water:  Yes
  • Coin operated showers: Yes
  • Flush toilets:  Yes
  • Hiking trails: Yes
  • Biking Trails: Yes
  • Link for campground map – here

Other Activities You Can Do At Lake Skinner

Fishing is not the only thing that brings people to the beautiful body of water. Here’s a list of other things you can do!

  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Boating
  • Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Horseshoes
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Gentle walking trails
  • Nature photography trails
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Mountain biking
  • Stargazing
  • and most importantly… relaxing.

Accessories You’ll Need

RodThe popularity of fishing is growing and people are becoming much more conscious of  different rods that can help them.

Fisherman want best technique specific rod for the money.

Luckily, I wrote several reports article that provides you with detailed information in order for you to make buy the rod for the money, and more importantly which rods to avoid at all costs.

>> What Rods To Use For Bass Fishing? 10 Awesome General Purpose Rods Reviewed

Reel – Having the correct reel to match with your rod is just as important.  A good reel should be light and have a buttery smooth drag. There are several great reels on the market, but I recommend the Daiwa Tatula SV/TW baitbasting reel. It’s a great reel packed with great features. So much so it could easily be priced in the mid $200 range.

>>How To Choose A Great Bass Fishing Reel For The Money [and which to avoid at all costs]

Fishing Line – Having a good line is just as important as having a good rod. I recommend fishing with a good fluorocarbon line. Furthermore, it’s super sensitive because it has little to no stretch, and underwater it’s invisible to the bass!  If pride or money is on the line I would use Sunline Sniper FC.

>>21 Tips To Choose The Best Fishing Line

Fishing Lures – It’s pretty hard and darn near impossible trying to catch a fish without using some sort of lure or bait.  More importantly these baits you should never forget at home or it could lead to a horrible day on the water

>>5 Bass Fishing Lures You Never Want to Leave At Home

Tackle Bag – You can’t carry all your gear in your pockets, so you need a reliable tackle bag to transport it. I wrote a complete review guide, Best Tackle Bag for Fishing, check it out by clicking here.   But if you don’t have the time to read the full guide then let me tell you I recommend the Lunker Bag by KastKing.

>>15 Best Tackle Bags For The Money (Tested & Reviewed)

Fishing Pliers – Nothing will ruin a day quicker than getting a hook embedded in your hand, or worse your eye.  That’s why I always recommend having good set-up pliers that won’t rust and won’t slip out of your hand.  I recommend that KastKing Cutthroat 7” Fishing Pliers.

Landing Net – As you are reeling in that monster fish, you don’t want to injure yourself or knock the fish off the hook by trying to grab it. That’s why I recommend a dependable telescopic landing net.

Fishing Weight Scale – Whether if you’re going to keep your catch or just take a photo of it and brag to your friends it’s important to have an accurate scale. I recommend a scale that has a large LED display like this one fishing scale here.

Wide Brim Fishing Hat – Nowadays, you have to protect yourself against the sun’s harmful rays. Wearing a wide brim hat not only gives you UV protection, but it also keeps you cool.  I recommend the Columbia Unisex Bora Bora Booney hat. It fits any size head and it feels really comfortable.

Fishing Sun Shirt – Don’t you stop at only getting head protection, you also need to protect your chest, back, arms, and torso. According to the researchers finding skin cancers on the shoulders and forearms rank within the top-5 locations to get skin cancer*. Avoid any unnecessary UV exposure and stay cool by wearing a UV protective PFG Fishing Shirt by Columbia.

Fishing Gloves – Fishing gloves allow your hands to stay covered from the sun’s harmful rays and stay dry by using a special material. These gloves by Fishaholic offer UPF50+

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