Lake Skinner trout update: Plants Tuesday and Friday

By: Jim Matthews

California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) restarted its trout stocking program at Skinner last week with a 1,200-pound plant — which included 100 pounds of trophy fish — Feb. 17. The plant was split between the two launch ramps.

Riverside County was also able to come up with fish and the lake was also stocked Feb. 20 with 1,500 pounds of rainbows from a private hatchery contracted by the county. DFW’s plants will be made every two weeks, and the county plans to add trout Feb. 27, March 13, and March 27.

As a final note, there was a 26-pound striper caught at Skinner Feb. 20 that had five of those trout in its gut. That brings up a question: If the angler discovered the freshly-eaten trout in the striper’s gut and kept them to eat, too, would they count against his limit? I’m asking DFW’s Carrie Wilson.

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