We report on combined spectroscopic and photometric observations of EW Lac during its outburst of 1983. At this time the star’s Hα and Hβ lines showed strong doubled-peaked emission profiles which were variable with time. UBV photometry exhibited a long-term and frequent erratic short-term variations. The amplitude of U, B and V variations reached about 0.3 magnitude on October 15, 1983. Both Hβ emission and the structure of the shell absorption lines of the star also displayed anomalous behavior in 1983. It is evident that this star was in a strong active phase at that time.