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LAKE SKINNER is going to draw a crowd with the DVL ramp closure.

UPDATED–Since the announcement of the closure of the ramp at Diamond Valley in April, a couple of things have happened. One, guys are getting out to Hemet for one last hurrah–no one knowing when it might reopen.

And more significantly, anglers have to figure out where to fish. Perris will take some of the traffic, yet Elsinore is not an option and Vail still doesn’t have its pricing in order. Like it or not, and regardless of the plodding 10 mph speed limit, that place is going to be Lake Skinner.

While it too, suffers from low water, the fact is, the average fish is very good, and as seen with the latest flurry since trout plants were resumed, there are some very big fish to be had on top of that nice average.

The facilities at Skinner are excellent, parking substantial and distance relatively the same as DVL, depending on where you live. But here they don’t let you get up on plane (well, maybe that first run in the morning) but even that could be quashed if the anticipated surge of boats actually appears later this spring.

Of course, there will be questions about buoy line fishing. Recent trophies have created a stir.

Since the lake is so low, however, the only buoys that matter are around the main ramp. And truth be told, they are not a buoy “line” they are actually an unconnected buoy boundary–in the shape of a badly drawn basketball three-point arc. The casting distances are shorter on the right side (looking north) and the rental docks and cables are reachable on the left side.

Since there are no reeds surrounding the lake’s edge now; you’ll find it’s a mix of hard bottom and soon (with this hot weather) grass beds, occasional current and enough snot moss on the bottom to discourage sinkers.

But for those guys who have called Skinner their “private little lake,” that is about to end. As Anglers Marine’s Rick Grover put it, “It’s going to get pounded!”



5 Responses to “DVL ramp closure has consequences”

Skinner is my favorite little lake. Can it hold up to the pending fishing pressure? Time will tell… Might change how we present our baits and fish it like a highly pressured finesse lake in Japan. Spool up the four pound test!

Our club, Castaic Bass Club used to fish four lakes. Castaic, Pyramid, Piru, and Cachuma. Now with Piru having quaggas, and very low water, and Cachuma with low water, and a 30-day quarantine, we’re down to 2 local lakes, Castaic and Pyramid. In place of Cachuma, we’re fishing our 2-day tournaments at Perris this May, and Silverwood in August. Seems like Pyramid is the only lake at full capacity, and that place is a death trap during the hot weather months, so we don’t fish there during the summer. I guess we’ll be out of lakes to fish in the near future so I’m not gonna waste my money on new lures until we get some major rain! 🙂

by George Kramer

Tony, your points are well-taken. In years past with reeds along the perimeter, electro-surveys found the fish shallow pretty much all year long. Forced off the bank for lack of cover, it may turn Skinner into a traditional reservoir with the fish outside more. Add trout plants through May, and you’ll likely see fewer fish in the population over time, but more top-enders, if it goes like most clear trout lakes.

Factor in the 80% reduction in young-of-the-year LMB and BG since quagga invaded, (that was with tules to hide in) this could be curtains for Skinner. It will get beat to death, there will be good fish caught and once they’re gone there won’t be much to replace them. Enjoy it while it lasts.

I’ve been fishing at Skinner for over 4 years now(3-4 x a month).I’ve seen it go from a full lake with lots of forage,etc and not that many people fishing.It’s now extremely low,boats are going where shore fishing is(scaring the fish away when the boaters haul ass),and I really believe there are a lot less fish than before.Sad that it’s going to get worse.Might just hang the fishing up and join my birder hubby .At least there are still birds!!!