Renovation is nearly complete at one of Nebraska’s best largemouth bass fisheries.
Daryl Bauer, at Nebraska Game and Parks, says Burchard Lake in Pawnee County was drawn down last year for repairing the outlet of the dam, in addition to several upgrades.
“In the process, we did some other shoreline stabilization work, some angler access and a brand new boat ramp, which was desperately needed,” Bauer says. “All of that is done. We drew the lake down about ten feet to get that done and now we’re waiting on water to fill it back up.”
Bauer, the fisheries outreach program manager, says they originally hoped to reopen the lake at the start of April, but no firm reopening date has been set, as yet. He says the lake has been a great fishery because of good water quality and significant vegetation for fish habitat.
While the lake is known for its bass fishing, it’s also notorious for another native inhabitant.
“We had to make special concessions during the project to protect the rattlesnakes,” Bauer says. “Those are Massasauga rattlesnakes. They’re not very common especially in our part of the state, or anywhere in Nebraska for that matter. There is still habitat for those snakes at Burchard and they’re still there.” T
he Massasauga rattler is one of only four kinds of poisonous snakes in Nebraska, along with the prairie rattlesnake, timber rattlesnake and copperhead.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice