Watch for this sign on Forest Park Rd
Amber Lake is remote and quiet, and the fishing is worth the trek. Brook trout grow to about two pounds and brown trout can reach five pounds. Amber Lake is open all year and is stocked with trout. Spinners are a good choice for lures and flies can reward anglers in the evenings. Fishing can be fabulous at Amber Lake. There are some reports of the lake containing very large brown trout. These trout are consistently known for their finicky tastes, and anglers targeting them are often advised to try different tactics before giving up. There are also brook trout in Amber Lake.
Spinning gear can work well for brook trout, particularly smaller gear. Brook trout tend to hang in cooler water, and are not as active during the heat of the summer, or during the middle of the day. Late night is when things really get going in Amber Lake. Often, brook trout will be more active late and night and early in the morning. Many anglers going after brook trout will pay special attention to the hours after dusk and before dawn. If you're fly fishing, mosquito patterns can work well in Amber Lake. Try the areas around the shore line. Reports are that the boat launch at Amber Lake may be an issue for larger vehicles.
From Prince Albert, drive west on Highway 55, turning right (north) to stay on Highway 55 where it meets Highway 3. Follow the highway north, keeping right (north) at the junction with Highway 943. Just before Green Lake, turn right (north) onto Highway 155. Continue to follow Highway 155 past Peter Pond Lake. At La Loche, Highway 155 turns into Highway 955. Continue to follow Highway 955 north past Clearwater River Provincial Park. Amber Lake is just past Preston Lake, right off the highway on the left (west), at about kilometre 134. If you reach Patterson Lake, you have gone too far.
Blacker Lake, just outside of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, is unique in Saskatchewan. The lake is one of the few lakes stocked with brown trout. Brown trout can be exceptionally rewarding. Both flies and lures are great choices for brown trout. That said, many anglers agree that there is something to be said for the experience of catching brown trout on the fly. Anglers should try to be flexible and versatile when targetting brown trout.
Rabbit Leeches and Woolly Buggers make for effective early-season patterns. After ice-off, brown trout feed heavily, and leech patterns are often a go-to for early season fly fishers. Shallow areas are good places to start in the early spring. Evenings and mornings are most productive. Look for underwater structure and weeds that will give the trout cover. Be patient because sometimes it pays to stay in the same spot for a length of time. Brown trout are wary, and movement and noise will spook them.
From Swift Current, follow Hwy. 1 west until reaching the Hwy. 21 intersection. Turn onto Hwy. 21 south and the road leads right to Blacker Lake. Nearby Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park offers full amenities, from camping to visitor centres and interpretive trails. Equestrian activities are popular here as well. Reservations are recommended.
Wednesday at about 11am I hooked a 5.6 pound smallmouth on the west side of Big Island in Glamor Lake. I was using a yellow rubber worm wacky rigged. IT was the biggest bass of my life.
Stuart Lake is a large lake found in British Columbia's Central Interior. It measures over 65 km in length and more than 10 km across in some places, offering some of British Columbia's best freshwater fishing. Stuart Lake supports a good fishery for kokanee and large rainbow trout up to 5 pounds.
Three popular lures for catching big trout are the Coyote by Luhr-Jensen, Gibbs FST, and Williams Wobbler. Dan Moffat from Northern Hardware in Prince George notes that Apex has a new colour line that may work well in Stuart Lake. Most spots are productive, and around the many islands there are several drop-off areas that are worthwhile. Anglers may want to try the areas around Honeymoon Island (northeast shore) and Battleship Island (near Whitefish Bay along the south shore). There are several islands in the southeast arm of the lake that are productive, as well as around the bays of the north shore and the northwestern arm.
Trolled spoons in red and silver or pearl colour combinations can work well. Remember to troll slowly, varying your speed slightly, and work in “S” curves. Every Canada Day weekend the Fort St. James Chamber of Commerce hosts a big fishing derby. Call (250) 996-7023 for details.
From Prince George head west along Highway 16 past Vanderhoof until you meet Highway 27. Turn right (north) and follow until you reach the town of Fort St. James. There are several access points to Stuart Lake, but only three locations are profiled here. All have boat launches and are on the southern shore of Stuart Lake. Before crossing the Stuart River into Fort St. James (Highway 27), turn left (west) onto Sowchea Road. This road goes past two provincial parks—Paarens Beach and Sowchea Bay. Paarens Beach has a concrete boat launch at the south end of the park, and Sowchea Bay has a single lane concrete boat launch and limited parking.
The third access point is Whitefish Bay recreation site, located about half way up the lake, and is accessible by 2WD. Again, turn onto Sowchea Road and follow for about five km, then turn left (south) onto the Cunningham Forest Service Road. Follow this road for about 40 km, until you meet the Cunningham-Camsell FSR. Turn right (north), and follow it to the shores of Stuart Lake. The Whitefish Bay recreation site is an open site with a boat launch and space for 20 vehicle units.
Each January, head out to Inga Lake for the High on Ice Fishing Derby. Fun, prizes and some great fishing are standard. Year-round, Inga Lake is a great family fishing spot. There are plenty of shore casting opportunities in the summer, and catch rates are high. Inga Lake has been designated one of the region’s Family Fishing Waters, and in 2013 was stocked with 10,000 rainbow trout.
Ice fishing is a great way to enjoy Inga Lake in the winter. Trout will prefer to feed in low light conditions, but are one species that can be aggressive feeders all year long. Please note: The BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations note that Inga Lake has dangerous thin ice due to aeration. Exercise caution at all times, and only fish in designated areas.
Of course, summer fishing on Inga Lakes is excellent too. Young anglers may have good luck using small lures baited with worms or maggots. Standard flies such as microleeches and doc spratleys tend to do well in the lake. Some other good flies to try just under the surface are a Prince Nymph, Carey Special or a Hare’s Ear. Dry flies such as a Parachute Adams or mosquito can also prove successful. The lake is stocked with trout, which grow to the mid-size range. Historically, the lake had been stocked with brook trout, however, this program was not continued beyond 1996. Anglers should note a motor restriction of 10 hp.
Inga Lake is northeast of Hudson’s Hope. From Fort St. John, head north on the Alaska Highway to Mile 91, 75 km from Fort St. John. Turn left onto 170th Road Road (also known as the Oil Industry Road) and drive 3 kilometers along the gravel road. On the right is a BC Forest Service rec site with access to the lake. The rec site has pit toilets and a boat launch. There are 18 sites, mostly treed, and the site is accessible with 2WD.
Note: This area has heavy industrial traffic.