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Name: Marc Martyn Date: May 10, 2016 Rating:
 
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Another good day on Amber. I got on the water at 10:45am and headed up to the north end to meet up with Mike. The air temperature was 60 degrees with partly cloudy skies and a light and variable wind. The surface temperature was 66 degrees, down 4 degrees from last week. The north wind and rain we had in the last several days cooled down the water.
Most of the fish were literally laying on the bottom of the lake in the 25' depth range. I took a bottom temperature at 25' and it was 47degrees. In deeper water the fish remained in the 25' range. That appeared to be their comfort zone for the day.
Both Mike and I had a good day on the water catching several fish in the 18-21" range. All gave up a good fight and appeared to be quite strong and healthy. The green leech proved to be the most productive once again.
At about 4:30pm a small squall moved in from the north with moderate rain and gusty winds. I called it a day and headed toward the launch. After I got my gear all loaded up it started clearing and would have been a nice evening on the lake, but I was satisfied with my time on the water.

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Name: Marc Martyn Date: May 03, 2016 Rating:
 
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I met Mike at the lake about 1:00pm and headed to the far end of the lake. The day was sunny and quite warm for the first part of May. There was a light variable wind, 83 degrees and the surface water temperature was 70 degrees, which is quite high for this time of year.
We started catching fish right away on a green leech in about 20-25' of water. The fish were mostly hugging the bottom. The sized ranged from 14-20" and all were very strong and active fish. There were a few Damsel Fly adults hovering over the water, which again, seems a little early for the season.
Got of the water about 7:00pm. It was really quite an exception day.
Today was the first day I used my new Lowrance Elite 5X CHIRP fish finder with down scan and it worked great. Cabela's at Post Falls had it on sale for 50% off and I snatched one up. Quite an upgrade from my old Hummingbird 585c which I enjoyed very much.

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Name: SPAWN.TILL.YOU.DIE Date: March 12, 2016 Rating:
 
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Had I not been hooked up with an 18 incher I might have gotten blown away! Nasty weather aside the lake has been fishing in its typical early spring fashion all week, meaning steady action with quality fish if you can present a pattern they haven't seen fifty times already. I kinda feel a little sympathy for those big fish trying to spawn at the launch when they get caught several times a week. I landed a fish today that had the exact same mouth anomaly as one I caught on Wednesday. I guess its time to break the boat out. Anyway, the real reason for this post is to let everybody know that the lake seems to finally be starting to turn over as the water began to get murky this afternoon.

PS. I know this can be redundant but keep in mind that this lake is selective gear and catch and release this time of year (met some people that were ignorant of these regulations today).

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Name: CaptainDavesGS Date: March 01, 2016 Rating:
 
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I decided to brave the weather this morning and headed out to Amber Lake for its opener. The weather was nasty, but the fish were biting. I fished a blood worm(fly) 6' under my indicator and managed to hook up a dozen fish in just a couple of hours. Bites were super subtle. Fish are in great shape this year and are good sized. Fun morning except for the freezing half to death part.


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Name: dbk Date: March 05, 2015 Rating:
 
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I fished Amber for the first time this year this on 03/05 from 9am-3pm. I arrived to find only one other boat putting in at the launch, but there was a fairly steady increase in "traffic" throughout the morning until it appeared that there were at least a dozen boats on the water by noon. A few guys ventured down to the north end, but the majority concentrated their efforts out from the launch down to the far south end. Previous experience on this lake in early spring has taught me the fish at the launch are often active in the morning hours. As such, after rigging up and getting my pontoon boat ready for put-in, I spent the first 45 min or so simply fishing off the bank at the launch.. And the fishing was silly good. Hooked at least a dozen good fish up to 17" inches on a "bloody" black size 14 balance leech suspended about 4ft under an indicator. I continued to hook fish as a boat anchored up right out in front of me off the launch, but as more guys starting showing up at the launch to put-in their boats, I made the decision to "leave fish in order to find fish", which is generally not a good idea, especially when you are fishing an area with active fish.

With a high sun and fairly calm conditions, I decided to seek out some deeper water holding areas where fish will cruise- transition zones if you will between the shallow water (~10ft) and deeper water (20ft+).. there is a stretch of water where the depth zone runs from 14-18ft where I have found fish to stage when water temps are down and bug activity is minimal. Anchoring up in about 17-18 ft of water and fishing a two-fly rig below an indicator, I covered mostly the bottom 1/3rd of the water column with a black micro leech on top and a size 14 bloody black below it.. Managed to get 3 solid "eats" but only 1 fish to hand in about 30 minutes.. In hindsight I should have adjusted my depth "upward" and fished a bit higher up in the water column, but instead I made the decision to fish shallower.

I moved into the far south end shallows searching for fish, but not feeling confident that fish were going to be receptive to an indicator presentation, I moved out to water that was 3-5ft in depth and fished pretty hard... There were a few other boats working the area with bugs suspended under indicators, and one guy that appeared to be casting and stripping in the south end shallows... but I never saw a fish landed from 10-noon when I was down there, which is not to say that fish were not caught down there. I, however, did not get a look. Around noon I went back to the launch to get out of the boat and let my feet warm up a bit. After putting my pontoon back-in, I headed the other direction (north) to fish a small bay along the bank where I have had success in the past during the early spring months... Within a few casts I had a take down and the fishing remained fairly good over the course of the hour I was there. The fish were eating a different depths as the contour here of the lake bottom dropped off very quickly... a few fish were taken tight to the bank where the depth was 2-3ft, while some were a bit further out of the "slope" and eating at 7-8ft... If I had only fished at one depth in this area I would have been less successful.. but working one depth zone and then adjusting my indicator to cover a different zone along the contour of the lake bottom proved more successfully.. I went back and forth until the bite died off.

Finished the day fishing the bank around to the right of the launch and picked up another 10-12 solid "eats" that should have all resulted in hook-ups and fish to hand, but its early in the season and I missed on a few that hopefully I will get as the season progresses... Nevertheless, the fish were fairly active from 1-3pm along the shoreline out to 7/8ft in depth. While the bloody black balance leech worked well, I am sure other patterns would have worked.. Throat samples revealed no chironomids were being eaten just yet... some scuds and daphnia, along with a few immature damsel nymphs.. "Where and when" you fished seemed more important that what you fished with...

Good first day on Amber... it should only get better.

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Name: Marc Martyn Date: September 12, 2014 Rating:
 
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Friday, Saturday and Sunday were some of the best days that I have had on Amber in some time. The weather was perfect, mid 70's, clear skies and a light N.E. breeze. The water temperature on the bottom (25') was 58º and on the surface it was 63-64º so the lake is starting to mix. The water was clear and there was a midge hatch going on most of the afternoon. Most of the fish were lying at a depth of 18-21'. I was using my flash back damsel all three days and averaged about 12-15 fish a day. All were very healthy, fought well and were released without and problems.

I fished the north shore the first two days and on Sunday fished the same area and then on the opposite side of the lake which proved to be and amazing pocket of nice fish. They were near the bottom and taking the fly trolled quite slow with a few short 6" strips and then letting the line back out again.

Saturday evening I stayed on the water until dark, fishing the evening rise which was amazing. At about 7:15 the rise started and lasted until about 7:45. Using my Ptarmagin Hare's Ear casting to the rises I landed about 5 fish with one measuring 19" It was an amazing 1/2 hour.

Today the Seahawks played and there was only about 5 people on the lake all day. I must say, I do like watching the Hawks play, but I wouldn't have missed a day like I had today for anything. A football game can be recorded, a day on the water with constant hits on your fly can't. I wonder who won the game........ I'll have to check. ;-)

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Name: Marc Martyn Date: June 23, 2014 Rating:
 
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Late start in fishing this year due to some health issues in April & May. Today was the warmest day so far this year, 85º under clear skies and a light variable breeze. The highest surface water temperature of the day was 74.8º. I got on the water about noon and headed to the far end of the lake. Picked up a few fish on the fish finder going down the middle of the lake. Most were lying just above the thermocline at 23 feet. Most of the fish I marked on the finder were just above the bottom in 25' water. I finally returned to the west end of the lake and started fishing the narrows. About 6pm I noticed that the fish were starting to move off the bottom a bit. Using a red bead head Carey, I picked up 3 Rainbows between 6-7pm. I discovered it took a very slow troll just above the bottom. Two of the fish were 16" and the third was 17". All seemed to have a lot of energy making some deep runs while I reeled them in. All were very healthy and released without out any problems of them being exhausted.

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Name: casey belarde Date: June 14, 2014 Rating:
 
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been hearing good things about Amber lake so I thought I would head out and give it a try.
rained early, but cleared out, but it was super windy, fish the whole lake from my pontoon, boy my legs are still hurting today lol
threw just about every flie in the box at them at all different depths, no bites no fish...
I guess i'll have to go back and try in nicer weather

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Name: dbk Date: April 01, 2014 Rating:
 
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After spending a pleasant day fishing a private lake in the area, I decided to hit Amber on the drive back in to Spokane. I arrived at the lake about 6:30pm, and made the decision to simply fish from shore at the launch rather than use my pontoon. Fish were working visibly near the shoreline at the launch so it made the decision an easy one... as it would turn out, the fishing and catching was easy too... Fishing a white micro leech and blood worm 6-7 ft under an indicator, I immediately picked up two nice fish in four casts... picked up a few more fish this way before the bite died... noticed a few rises right off the shoreline so I lowered my indicator to about 3ft above my flies and began fishing closer to the shoreline... for the next hour-hour and a half it was silly fishing... Not a fish every cast, but pretty close. There was a pretty even distribution between the takes on the blood worm and micro leech- about 50/50.... Nothing huge but lots of fish in the 14-16" range with a few pushing "18. Not sure how the rest of the lake was fishing but as is often the case, the "launch fish" were again very cooperative.

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Name: dbk Date: October 17, 2013 Rating:
 
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A perfect October afternoon with a slight breeze and temps in the mid 60s with sunshine and blue skies meant a great day on the water regardless if any fish were caught. Took my Dad out and we fished together from 1-5pm on the far south end shallows. The water level was down and weed growth was heavy, so much of that end was "taken out of play", but if the fish were there and looking for food. The most challenging aspect was navigating the weeds and reading the water- any type of "open areas" on the lake bottom where there was some depth in between or along the heavy weed lines were places we were finding fish. These areas were not defined simply be the lack of visible vegetation at the surface, but you really had to search these areas out by looking subsurface (good polarized glasses were a must have). Upon locating good holding water, the takes would come almost immediately if there was a fish there... After making my first cast of the day, the indicator went down within seconds, and thankfully, that continued for a good portion of the afternoon. Setting our fly about 18"-24" below our indicator, we continued to search out likely holding spots and make casts to what were very small "windows"... My Dad struggled a bit at reading the water and then making accurate casts - but he managed to hook into some very nice fish that were difficult to land given the weed growth and lack of open water to play them in. I landed a couple that were right at 19" with most fish between 14-18" and a few dinks around 8" or so. We hit over a couple dozen between the two of us, which was pretty good given the amount of time our flies were not in the water given the conditions, but that is what made it fun and challenging. Eventually we moved out into open water and fished to 10ft with no success... we moved back into the weeds for the last hour and hit some more fish before calling it a day a bit after 5pm. Fly pattern by the way was a bloodworm....

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