Empire Lake A-18

Description: This beautiful 5-acre lake is perfect for belly boating for rainbows, browns, and brook trout. It has been reported that some of the browns are very large. The lake ranges from 15 feet deep to nice, shallow flats for feeding trout.

Location: The property is located approximately 40 minutes west of Denver, just south of the town of Empire.

Capacity: Limited to 3 anglers.

To make a reservation call 303-421-6239 or 1-800-524-1814.

Rate Notes:

Rates:
Weekday
Adult
$65.00
Weekday
Adult 1/2 Day
Weekday
Adult Aftn.
$48.75
Weekday
Child
$20.00
Weekday
Youth
$48.75
Weekday
Youth 1/2 Day
Weekday
Youth Aftn.
$36.56
Weekend
Adult
$65.00
Weekend
Adult 1/2 Day
Weekend
Adult Aftn.
$48.75
Weekend
Child
$20.00
Weekend
Youth
$48.75
Weekend
Youth 1/2 Day
Weekend
Youth Aftn.
$36.56

Property Log Book Comments

Fished with my daughter and had a wonderful day. We used our float tubes, water was clear and cold, weather overcast and mid 40's, breezy at times. Fish were very cooperative, showing a preference for a small dark streamers with a bead head Prince dropper. No surface action observed. They were hugging the banks near the willows most of the day, and we each landed several fish over 20". I caught my personal best 17" brookie, and the rainbows/steelheads were very acrobatic. My daugher landed a beautiful 22" brown. Great way to start off the season, bring a big net and strong tippet. ~ AndyD -- April 16th, 2015


I arrived on a warm sunny afternoon about 60 degrees. The lake had thin sheets of ice in the corners near the outlet and the bridge so I belly boated around near the inlet and caught one nice thick brown (15 inches) on an olive woolly bugger. Water was 40 degrees. Did not see many fish in the shallower sections and there was no bug activity on the surface. The wind kicked up and pushed the ice away from the outlet/bridge area. After a few casts in this area I found the fish - all rainbows. They were fairly deep and were attacking olive/black/white woolly buggers/zonkers as long as they were presented slowly. I tied these on with 3x tippet and had a blast. It felt like I was fishing for walleye. Landed about a dozen in the last hour before dark ranging from 14 to 20 inches. Several were nice and plump. Great ending to the open water season ! ~ Mark Kightlinger -- November 11th, 2014


The two of us arrived at the lake around 8am. We brought two 8ft pontoon boats in our trailer. There is a nice big parking area with a table that accommodated the trailer and truck well. After a few minutes of searching around we found a little hole in the bushes we could push the boats through. As we were pushing in we saw quite a few large cruisers and lots of surface action. The surface action stopped as we floated in. I started out with a #16 yellow stimi with a olive chironomid dropper and buddy was using a #16 olive elk caddis with the same dropper. We both hooked some nice 16 & 18 inchers right away. Then a little later one more each and that was it. So, change up time. I put on a blue #10 damsel and buddy a #14 olive mini leach - one more each....then nothing. Change up time. They were rising again so I went to a #20 BWO parachute and buddy a #22 BWO emerger 3 or 4 each and then nothing. It went like that the whole day. Caught one or two on each fly in the box. The denials started to get humorous. Fish would come and look and then their buddies would come look and turn away. "does that look real to you Phil ? I don't think so Hank...I'm hungry but I aint that hungry.." To many denials to count. All in all we caught about 10-12 quality fish each, but we sure had to work for em ! It was fun and a good way to spend a Sunday....we both left with big smiles. ~ Johnnyb303 -- August 20th, 2014


Fellow member and Fishing buddy, George and I planned a day on the Fraser. Unfortunately with two days of rain, it was not fishable (at least to our expectations). Fortunately Jimmy was on the spot and we got a day on Empire Lake. First lesson, Empire Lake really needs to be fished from a personal floatcraft. George and I made the best of it. Lots of risers ...to of all things, a small Size 16/18 green stonefly...on top of it the fish were only taking emergers. (who carries size 16/18 green stonefly emergers?) We threw almost every caddis/mayfly emerger patterns we had in our boxes the right size and color. Between George and I, we caught less that 10 fish - a couple in the 18 inch range on very small hoppers. Had we our float tubes, pontoon boats, or canoe we could have done much better I think. There are some giants cruising around that Lake! ~ Joe Bo -- July 15th, 2014


Great day out on this wonderful property! At first sight this lake is gorgeous, very well maintained no grass or algae to compete with! The fishing was just as impressive, (once we figured out what the fish where liking) black streamers and John Barr's Bouface where the meal ticket. Caught a lot of really nice fish averaging 18" with some real nice 22" rainbows scattered in there. Saw some real fat lunkers, which i will be going back to try to fool! Great property! ~ Stefan Rausch -- June 23rd, 2014


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