I made a trip out to Erie, PA over the last weekend for 3 days of fishing. I have a good friend who moved out there 5 years ago from MI and he has been trying to get me out there for a few years now. He claimed it was a good winter fishery and his pics had all the proof of it. To say it is a good fishery is an understatement. It was great. Lots of fish hooked and caught. I was surprised by the number of people fishing here in February but I soon seen why. I was also taken back by many of the gents walking down to the river with a sling of minnows over there shoulder. A local told me a lot of Russians inhabit that region and are all about the minnows. I can attest that they catch a lot of fish this way. I stuck to my Michigan roots floating jigs and beads (beads are somewhat illegal out there but is up to the game wardens discretion). I caught my fair share of fish. The biggest I caught and seen caught was no more than 6lbs. The fish run smaller out there. To me a fish is a fish and I have all the respect in the world for them. I had a great time. PA is a pretty state with lots of large foothills and friendly fisherman. I did not notice a lot of pin fisherman. As a matter of fact my buddy hated my pin even though I gave him all the room he wanted to fish so I made my way down my own stretches of water. It was not a far drive from my home in Southern Genesee county to Erie, PA (4.5 hours). If you have never been I would put it on the list of places to visit.