Burchard is one of the premier largemouth bass fisheries in Nebraska. The lake had been closed for a couple of years for structural work, but re-opened in July of 2013. It has produced hundreds of Master Angler awards since opening up again. As of September, 2013, the lake was still closed to boats. Concrete barricades prevent use of the boat ramp. However, the lake is open to kayaks, and there is a kayak launch point on the North side of the lake. The target species here is largemouth bass, but the lake also contains some nice channel catfish, and a few yellow perch (very nice sized if you are lucky enough to find them). The lake is likely to be closed to boats through 2014, so it's a haven for kayak anglers for another year..