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Devilbend has newly reopened to the public after $1.6 million being spent on the picnic grounds and walking tracks, with another $200,000 grant using fishing licences fees to build fishing platforms, with fisheries Victoria stocking the reservoir with 14,826 Rainbow Trout and 21,829 Brown trout, including 125 Brown Trout averaging 1.8 kg.
From the entrance and picnic area you can see the reservoir, but it's not until you walk partially around it on the tracks that you realise just how big it is. There are two fishing platforms and three walking tracks but with a total distance of about two kilometres all together, it's an easy short walk that gives you a good perspective of the size of the reservoir.
[ADVERT]It has a hidden beauty to the area with black swans gracefully gliding across the waters surface, bird lovers will enjoy seeing the many species that can be found here.
The stillness of the water on a calm autumn day was so quiet and peaceful with only the sounds being of ducks on the water and fairy wrens singing. It makes such a nice change to not hearing other people or traffic humming, it was just the sounds of nature mixed with children laughing and enjoying themselves.
Devilbend reminds me of Lysterfield Lake, except only bigger and without a many walking tracks. The bonus is you pretty much get it all to yourself.
If you're a keen angler then you will appreciate the fishing here. We met a man enjoying a quiet spot of fishing by himself. He comes from Carnegie and has caught many fish since the park opened for recreational fishing, with one of his prize catches being over 4 kilograms. With the reservoir being freshly stocked with over 36,000 trout, catching one shouldn't be too difficult.
This place makes you want to set up camp for the weekend and enjoy the surrounds.