Amber Lake

This lake is located 12 miles southwest of Cheney, Washington in the scenic channeled scablands area of eastern Washington.  Amber Lake is a popular spring, summer and fall fly fishing lake.  Thousands of anglers from  statewide come to this lake to test their skills against many thousands of  beautiful rainbow and cutthroat trout ranging in size from 12 to 20 plus inches. For those that don't flyfish, this lake is regulated under selective gear rules which allows anglers to also use single point barbless hook artificial lures. 

Anglers should be aware that as of July 1, 2018, Amber Lake rules have changed.  Although the lake remains under Selective Gear Rules and No Internal Combustion Motors, anglers are allowed to harvest one trout of at least 18 inches daily from March 1 to November 30. 

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Special fishing restrictions:

Shoreline access: Good - Limited shoreline access around the public boat launch

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Spokane
Acreage: 91.30 ac.
Elevation: 2168 ft.
Center: 47.348761, -117.710464
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Fishing prospects calendar

Rainbow trout

Fishing success for Rainbow Trout is generally best in the spring when thousands of fish are stocked statewide, but they can be caught year-round in most waters with a little patience and persistence. Success remains high into June and gradually declines as water temperatures increase and fish move offshore to stay cool. Fish that escaped the spring harvest return to the nearshore areas in the fall as waters cool off. Some waters may also be stocked again in the fall further boosting catch rates.
Chart showing fishing prospects throughout the calendar year

Westslope cutthroat trout

See chart for details.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year


Amber Lake
Photo by WDFW