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Hiking the Kerper Tract

The Kerper tract is a parcel of the Buchanan State Forest located near Big Cove Tannery. It has two hiking trails, one easy and one difficult, that will keep you occupied for a couple of hours.  There are also some picnic tables and a charcoal grill if you want have a picnic or cookout. Cove Creek runs through the Kerper Tract and is a great place to fish for trout. Click the video at right to learn more.

Trout fishing with camera glasses  

Pivothead Recon camera glasses

Pivothead Recon glasses

My friend recently purchased some Pivothead Recon camera glasses. He loaned them to me for a week, so I decided to try them out by taking them with me while trout fishing on Big Cove Creek. This was my first time fishing for trout, unless you count helping the kids catch trout last Saturday or my steelhead fishing trip to Erie last fall.

I ended up catching a 12-inch rainbow trout soon after I arrived. That catch I was able to record on the glasses, at least mostly. I found it a bit challenging to keep the camera pointed in the right direction. The other challenge with camera glasses is keeping the head steady so the recorded video isn’t shaky. Click on the video link to the left to see the recording.

My second fish came a couple of hours later and was a 10-inch rainbow trout. By this time, the battery in the glasses was low and I didn’t get it on video. The first fish came on Berkley PowerBait bubblegum 3-inch floating worm. The second fish was caught on Berkley natural scent garlic PowerBait.

First day of trout fishing

I’ve been an avid fisherman for several years, but I mostly target catfish, panfish, and a few bass. For some reason I have not had a lot of interest in trout fishing. That changed last fall when two of my friends invited me to go with them to Erie, PA and fish for steelhead. It was like learning to fish all over again. However, I decided to put some of the experience to use and go trout fishing.

On opening day in Fulton county the creeks are very crowded, so instead of fishing myself I took my three sons down to Big Cove Tannery to fish near the hatchery at the area designated for children only. It was a learning experience, but Landry and Camden each came home with their first trout. Click below to watch the video.

A visit to the fish hatchery

A couple days ago the family and I were looking for something to do in the evening to enjoy the spring weather. We decided to pay a visit the fish hatchery in Big Cove Tannery, PA. We were disappointed that the fish food vending machines didn’t have any food for the kids to feed the fish, but it was still worth the trip. Makes me think it’s time to get the line wet soon.