It is time to go fishing.
I can hardly wait to get out to Burchard Lake and throw a line in the water. After a lengthy closure for aquatic rehabilitation and replacement of the outlet structure, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reopened the lake to the public on July 1.
Burchard Lake is considered one of the finest Largemouth Bass fisheries in Southeast Nebraska. It was closed to replace a failing outlet structure and while it was closed the water was drawn down 11 feet to protect and maintain the existing fishery. At the same time many improvements were made to enhance the 150 acre lake located in Pawnee County.
Along with a new outlet structure new boat ramps with a breakwater to protect the boat launch area from wind and waves were added. In addition shoreline angler access was improved and a handicap- accessible fishing pier has been installed.. Offshore breakwaters were placed to protect shorelines and a sediment dike and basin were added on the reservoir’s north arm.
Aquatic habitat was enhanced by deepening water levels near new breakwaters and by placing underwater rock shoals and cedar tree fish attractors in the reservoir basin.
At this time fishing access will be limited to shore fisherman and to small boats such as canoes kayaks and john boats that can be carried from the road and launched from shore. Trolling motors will be allowed but gas powered engines are prohibited until water level rise to protect new habitat features. Once the lake returns to full pool we will open the new boat docks to larger vessels with gas powered engines. The design of the new docks will make launching and loading a vessel a much easier undertaking.
Consider this a personal invitation to come out and see what your aquatic habitat stamp funds are doing to improve fishing opportunities in your area. I am confident you will like what you see.
Until next time, good fishing and we’ll see you out there.