The October day trip is something a little different. We're off to Devil Bend Reservoir.
This is a terrific fishing destination within the Mornington Peninsula. The lake itself spanning over 250 hectares. Recently Parks Victoria funded 1.6 million dollars of upgrades to the facility. The site now has renovated fishing pontoons and newly established state of the art fishing platforms. The main floating pontoon extended by an impressive 36 meters to give land-based anglers access to deeper waters and more space.
Devil bend has been heavily stocked with trout since 2010 and estuary perch since 2014. To date, fisheries have released 35,000 trout and 120,000 estuary perch fingerlings. There has been fish up to 1.8 kilos released, making this a great location to target a trophy size trout or perch. With picnic grounds, itís a great fishing location to take the family.
Devil Bend has become a popular fishing destination for kayakers. Thirty?three hectares of Devilbend Reservoir has been zoned for non?powered watercraft. This includes canoes, kayaks, float tubes etc. There are yellow markers and signs to help people identify those zones. There are also two launch areas. The main launch area near the picnic ground and car park.
To get to devil bend reservoir takes just over an hour from the club rooms. The quickest way is to get on the M3 at Blackburn North and follow it Moorooduc, this is the M3 Toll Way. Take Exit 18 from the freeway and continue on Mornington Tyabb Rd. Then take Loders Rd to Graydens Rd in Tuerong.
Being a stocked still water fishery all your lake flies will work here. If you have a blob or two make sure to bring them along. Estuary Perch or EPsí to those who target this species specifically will take a surface fly. If you have popper or pusher style deer hair fly bring them too. Muddler Minnows are likely to be successful also. Woolly Buggers, Fuzzle Dubs and smelt patterns stand a chance of success as well.
Rods in the 6 to 8 weight class with intermediate or sinking lines are a good choice. If you only have a floating line extend the leader to 10-12 feet and give your fly plenty of time to sink before retrieving in short strips is a good tactic.