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

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


Empire Lake was just terrific on Sunday. Well over 30 fish, all on fb bhpt early, or red San Juan worm after 9 am. Making the worm deeper as the am went on worked (18 inches early 3 feet by late am). Was even decent 1-4 pm, unusual in my experience on this pond. However, best from 7-11 am. Multiple fish over 20", largest about 25, almost all broad shouldered. Even a few browns! After years of trying, I finally got the one deep in the crook between the east side of the bridge and the willow on the south end. Took the worm about 5 feet down, nice 24" rainbow. Excellent camaraderie from two other members throughout the day, sharing what was working and making sure everyone got time on the "hole" at the south end. ~ Steve Fitz -- June 3rd, 2014


Two of us fished in the rain and hail from 9am -3pm. The morning was very active - dry/dropper enticed numerous rainbows 16"-22". Stimulator was intended as a strike indicator, but half a dozen or so ate it. Hooked several dozen on the nymph. Dropper was size 16 or 18 BH FB PT, copper john, or hare's ear. In the afternoon went deep with intermediate line and brown/copper zonker streamer. Action was not as quite like the morning, but still picked up quite a few nice fish in the deeper areas under the willows. Had to stop about 3pm as the weather was getting worse with wind and lightning. Overall, a great day in weather that makes us all appreciate Simms and GoreTex gear... ~ Jairotrout -- May 25th, 2014


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