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

We arrived about 7:30am, Canoe in water by 8am. Started by the inlet and caught a very nice colored and fat Brown (18”) and a couple smaller ones on streamers. Only a few rises in areas so streamered down to outlet and noticed a lot of rises and jumpers so changed kits to dry droppers and just nailed them all day. Did try the other side of lake for a bit, caught a few (5-6 fish) but moved back to outlet… It seemed everything pretty much worked including Amy’s Ant, Hoppers & large Yellow Stimulators, dropping Bread Crusts, Hairs Hears, Prince Nymphs (@18”)as the middle fly and Red and Blue midges (@6”-8”) on the bottom. Most fish caught on Bread Crusts and Hairsears and blue & red midges. Together we put well over 40 fish to net and were woopin’ it up by the end of day (5:00pm.) ~ George Schmidt -- May 25th, 2016

Beautiful day. Fished mostly in the inlet and didn't have to move much. Landed 28 fish. Best flies were a copper john or a stone fly under an indicator. Snapped off a copper john and got my fly back when I caught that fish again. All very good sized rainbows no browns. Amazing day of fishing ~ Jim Meyer -- May 10th, 2016

My fishing buddy and I arrived about 9:15. It was too windy for float tubes so we decided to fish from shore. It was tough going at first as the fish wouldn't take any type of leech or egg. Once the angle of the sun allowed us to see below the surface, however, we noticed the fish were suspended just 2 or 3 feet down so we switched to emergers and started catching them pretty steadily. They seemed to prefer small (#20 and #22) brown or green bugs over anything else. The wind got wild at times, nearly knocking us off our feet and sending our lines into the willows. But as the fish were biting we never thought about leaving. We did move frequently to (try to) keep the wind at our backs and relied on roll casts more than usual. One of the very friendly owners stopped to say hello. He told us how they'd seen 10 pounders caught here. I'm sure the info is accurate as he obviously cares about fishing as much as we do. We finally called it quits about 3:00 with a dozen or so each, several over 20". A very worthwhile day in a beautiful setting. ~ Larry G -- April 25th, 2016

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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