A-18 Empire Lake

By July 21, 2013

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

I took 2 guests to Empire on a beautiful fall day. We tried a variety of flies and had looks but no takes until just before noon. Then we hit on the combination of a caddis dry with a tiny (#22) dark colored dropper. It seemed like the cruising trout were initially interested in the dropper and would eat it. But sometimes, at the last minute, they would opt for the larger dry fly. We each had half a dozen or so nice size rainbows landed in addition to a few that shook free. Wind and weather cut the day short but the quality fishing, along with the beautiful setting, fall colors and easy company, made for a memorable day. ~ Larry G. -- September 24th, 2016

Another good day at Empire. My guest caught a large, picture-worthy bow on the first cast. It was slower the rest of the day but we ended with double digits. My guest scored with a large hare's ear he found on the ground, worms, leeches and eggs. I did well with an olive Amy's Ant trailing dark-colored midge and BWO droppers. ~ Larry G. -- June 18th, 2016

Perfect weather, great company, poor fishing. The day was bright and clear and the wind was very slight. A few fish were sipping, many more were undoubtedly cruising below, but they just wouldn't eat our flies. Leeches, wooley buggers, dries, nymphs, nada. One or two all morning despite many fly changes. Around 11:30, a traditionally slow period, they started hitting everything and we all hooked up 5 or 6 in the next hour. Then it slowed to a crawl again. Strange day - but a great day nonetheless. ~ Larry G -- June 8th, 2016

Another great day on this beautiful lake. Midges all morning, dries all afternoon. I started at the outlet and picked off several using an unweighted #20 black chironomid (similar to a zebra). Moving from spot to spot I tried many different flies but kept returning to the black midge; it was the hot ticket all morning. Things slowed down in the afternoon so I switched to dries and had one-and-done success with a hopper, stimulator and parachute Adams. But once I tried a PMX I found the answer. The last bow landed was one I'll never forget. He literally jumped over another bow to take my fly. A perfect ending to a perfect day. ~ Larry G. -- June 4th, 2016

An annual tradition, Empire Lake during runoff. This year the outlet area proved most prolific, with several dozen taking a 18-24" dropper (red or copper bh john) tight along the willows. Most 15-18, one 23'. Almost all jumpers, strong and feisty. Took another 10-12 elsewhere on the property, mostly by casting to cruisers. All but two or three on a nymph. Unlike in the past, the inlet area was not all that strong this time. Fishing was best after it warmed up, about 1-5 (which seemed strange, frankly). And the double cheeseburger at the Dairy King was terrific as always. ~ Steve Fitzgerald -- May 30th, 2016

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