Lake Skinner

Location and Directions:

37701 Warren Road
Winchester, CA 92596

     Lake Skinner is located in Riverside Co. near the city of Temecula. From Los Angeles, take hwy 60 East through Riverside to the 215E. Go South on 215E (395) to Hwy 74, and then East on 74 to Winchester Rd. (79) Turn right on Winchester to Benton Road then turn left. Travel to the Stop sign on Buck Road and turn right. Turn Left on Borrell Road and continue to the Warren Road entrance.

General Info:

    The lake consists of 1,200 surface acres and is open 7 days a week from sunup to sunset. Entrance fee is $5 per car. Camping is available and there is a lake store that is well supplied for your needs.

Other lakes in the area:
Diamond Valley Res.
Perris Lake
Hemet Lake

Boating Info:

    There is a nice launch ramp available for $6 per launch. Only boats with four-stroke engines or 2001 and later model direct-injection two strokes that comply with CARB emission requirements are allowed. Only gasoline free of the additive MTBE is allowed. Boats containing MTBE fuel will be turned away. The California Air Resources Board has reported that MTBE was removed from all gasoline refined for sale in California in Nov. 2003. Therefore, all gasoline must be purchased in California and proof of purchase will be required for boats with out-of-state registration. Refueling is prohibited except in designated areas. Sail, electric and man-powered boats are permitted. Float tubes and kayaks are not allowed. Rental boats are available at the marina. Rental boats are available at the marina. Boat slips, dry storage and pull-thru storage is also available. Lake Skinner Marina: (951)926-8515.

Boat Inspections

    "All boats-power boats, fishing boats, sailboats, rowboats, kayaks, canoes and certain types of catamarans-and respective engines must pass inspection and be registered to be allowed on the lake."

Inspection Sites:

  • Lake Skinner Recreation Area, 37701 Warren Road, Temecula. 6am to 2pm daily.
  • Diamond Valley Lake Visitor's Center - Located along Newport Rd., just West of the State St. intersection in Hemet. 8am to 3pm daily.

Fishing Info:

    Fishing permits are $4 per day. There are trout, catfish, largemouth bass and striped bass here. No Swimming/Skiing is allowed and boat speed is limited to "NO WAKE" which makes this a nice, quiet lake for fishing. Fish Report: (800) 234-FISH. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.

Lake Records:
  • Striped Bass - 39.5 pounds caught in 1993
  • Largemouth Bass - 13.25 pounds
  • Catfish - 33 pounds
  • Rainbow Trout - 12.2 pounds
  • Crappie - 3.9 pounds
  • Bluegill - 1.2 pounds
  • Redear Sunfish - 3.69 pounds caught, weighed and released on March 30, 2014 by Jonathan "ChaChaChicken" Wdowiak.
  • Read and Post Lake Skinner Fishing Reports Here

Comments and Tips:

    New tip for stripers at skinner. Anchovies or night crawlers work great. We got over 30 stripper on the point by launch 2. The bite was so good we couldn't fish with 2 poles. All were 1 to 2lbs but the bite was constant.

4/8/2006 - I was up there last week a week after the tournament. had no luck on the tournament but had better luck the next weekend. Between he 3 of us we caught over 20 trout we kept our limit and gave a few away and released a ton. We where using night crawlers with a Bobber and rainbow power bait. None where of great size 1 to 2 lbs range. Did see a teenager catch a nice 6lb on a white roster tail around the dock at launch 2. The strippers are biting on chicken liver tied on with string to help hold it on. Also the bite was slow but productive with night crawlers. The actions is on and off but Patience is the key.

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» Photos

  • FNN member "CHAMP18" shows off a nice largemouth he caught while fishing Lake Skinner.>>>Report

  • FNN member "ChaChaChicken" took his daughters fishing at Lake Skinner and ended up catching a new lake record redear. >>>Report

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