Fishing at the Union City Lake will resume Thursday Nov. 1.
The city plans to kick off the start of the season with an opening ceremony at the lake. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will feature Missouri Department of Conservation officials on hand.
Union Parks and Recreation Director Angela Sullivan said there may be fishing demonstrations at the event.
The event will mark the return of fishing at the lake. The lake has been closed to fishing while the city made a number of improvements.
Fishing was prohibited to allow the city to begin the fish stocking process. Plans called for bluegill, catfish, bass and trout to be introduced to the lake. Union City Administrator Russell Rost said trout are expected to be added in advance of the winter trout season.
For now, only trout fishing will be permitted.
“We’re anxious for November to get here so we can see how it goes,” he said.
Rost said the stocking process has been going well. He said city crews found an exotic fish at the lake, but it has been removed.
The improvement project included a new handicapped-accessible fishing dock at the lake, as well as additional fishing jetties to the south and west sides of the lake, handicapped-accessible concrete parking lots on Clark Avenue and Park Drive and a handicapped-accessible floating fishing dock on the northwest side of the lake.
Rost, an avid fisherman, said he’s looking forward to visiting the lake. He said the improvements make the lake an ideal place for fly fishing.
The closure has lasted more than a year, but Rost said there have been few problems reported. He said this summer a few people weren’t aware of the closure and didn’t see the signs, however, once more signs were strategically placed around the lake no issues were reported.
Fishing will return with the winter trout season. The season runs from Nov. 1 until Jan. 31.
During that time, anglers will be allowed to catch only trout. All fish must be released.
Flies, artificial lures and unscented plastic balls are allowed. Only one pole can be used at a time.
The use of chum is prohibited.
From Feb. 1 to Oct. 31, anglers can keep up to four trout. All others must be released.