Ozark, Alabama’s Ed Lisenby Lake, also known as Dale County Lake, will reopen after a two-year renovation project at sunrise on July 5, 2012. The lake is located at 861 Myrtle Dr., Ozark, Ala., and is adjacent to Sam Dale Park, the future home of a new Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Community Archery Park.

In 2010, the lake was drained and a number of renovations were completed including a new courtesy dock at the boat ramp. A smaller pond was also constructed near the ramp. The pond will hold catfish and be used for kids fishing events. The lake’s main pier was also renovated. Various underwater fish habitat was installed on the lake bed to improve fishing from the pier and other sites around the lake, most of which are marked with white PVC markers.

In addition to a valid fishing license, a daily $3 fishing permit is required for anglers 12 and older. All other fishing regulations and creel limits apply. Fishing licenses are available for purchase at the lake’s bait shop, various local retailers, or online.

“The lake was stocked with plenty of bass and bream,” said Jack Turner, WFF State Lakes Coordinator. “This will be an excellent fishing spot for locals and is worth a visit from anglers anywhere in the state.”

Lake facilities include a bait shop with a wide variety of fishing tackle, live and artificial baits, other fishing supplies, restrooms, soft drinks and snacks. Boats are also available to rent for $5. For anglers bringing their own boats, an outboard motor can be attached, but only a trolling motor is allowed to be used while on the water.

Ed Lisenby Lake is a 92-acre state fishing lake located in a 390-acre park and features a 3-mile walking trail that hugs the shoreline. For more information about the lake, call the City of Ozark at (334) 774-0588, the District 4 WFF Fisheries office at (334) 347-9467, or visit the fishing section of www.outdooralabama.com.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Patrol, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.


Photo: The recently renovated fishing pier at Ed Lisenby Lake will be open for fishing on July 5.