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

In the morning the water was a little cold but it had warmed up for the afternoon and the fishing was excellent. We caught lots of fish, primarily on a John Barr Bouface and a s12 Pheasant Tail. "My wife was thrilled and said she had never got so many fish". The average size was 14 to 18 inches. ~ S I -- June 3rd, 2013


I had a very nice day on Empire Lake. Don’t ask me why, but the first thing I tried was something called a Tubs Indispensable. It is a yellow wet fly that I tied several winters ago when I was bored and trying to fill a streamer box. I have never fished this fly before, but I caught a very nice rainbow right of the bat while I was trying to get settled in my float tube. I fished for the rest of the day, with the weather changing from sunny and warm to snowing and blowing, without ay luck; welcome to spring time in the Rockies. The fish may have been my first, last and only trout of the day, but it was also the biggest fish I have caught in the last three or four years. This is a great place to take your float tube and hangout for a day. ~ HW -- May 19th, 2013


Fished Empire Lake on May 12, 2013. Water temp was about 55° - although it felt colder. Air temp about 65°. Two of us fished from 9:30 – 2:30. There were occasional rising fish but no bugs were apparent. Best fishing was at inlet which comes under Bard Creek Road. Hooked 6 rainbows, landed 4 (about 17") all on steamers. The black crystal wooly bugger was our best fly. Caught two suckers on BH nymphs. ~ TRatternab -- May 13th, 2013


Fished from 8:30-1, and again from 5-7, sandwiched around storms and the normal dead period on a pond. Sunny in am, then clouds built. Classic pond tactics...best early and late. Hide behind bushes after you cast, or be in a tube. Let your line submerge so only the fly is showing. Pray for a light wind or clouds. I combatted the sunshine by using some 6x tippet and that improved my takes considerably, but you have to be willing to lose a few as a result. AM Flies: W Buggers in deep holes, I had good luck on top with a tiny gnat cast a few yards to the side of cruising fish (not in front, that never worked). Then just leave it there and wait, with a twitch or two. PM: Para adams at the inlet, cast into the moving water and let it drift out towards the island. Good size fish there Unlike past trips, few fish took the droppers so I stopped using them. About 15 fish, many in the 16-18 range, strong. No giants this time, but I saw a few of them so they are still there. ~ Steve -- May 8th, 2013


Fished the evening on Monday, had the lake all to my self. The rain and lightning forced me off the lake twice. The fish were happy and rising to caddis. Most of the fish were stacked in the inlet most likely because of the water temperature. I caught several on the stimulator and a couple on the dropper. all in all great time just watch out for the lightning. ~ Chef -- July 26th, 2012


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