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Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, 6:36 p.m.

• Bait anglers weren't doing too well at Lower Twin Lake this week, but fishermen tossing spinners were getting good numbers of brown trout, according to reports.

• Soft topwater lures are taking smallmouth bass on the Allegheny River in Allegheny County, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report. Walleyes between 20 and 30 inches are hitting on the river between Kelly Station and Braeburn in Armstrong County, as are nice-sized flathead catfish.

• Fishing pressure is light on Loyalhanna Creek, but there are some people fishing the delayed harvest section. Catches are reportedly consistent, if not spectacular.

• Anglers are having some success, if intermittently, on Deer and Pine creeks.

• A few crappies were reported caught at Loyalhanna Dam. Bluegills are also hitting, along with some bass.

• Erie's tributary streams are producing steelhead for those tossing wooly buggers, skein and egg sacs. The quality of the action is dictated by water levels, according to reports. Paul Wisniewski from Ambridge used a homemade marabou jig to catch a 27-inch, 8-pound steelhead from Walnut Creek, while 13-year-old Joie Barni of Washington caught an 8-pound, 15-ounce steelhead measuring 29 inches from the same stream.

• In Lake Erie, walleyes continue to be caught.

• Glendale Lake in Prince Gallitzin State Park is producing crappies for anglers fishing with live baits.

• At Lake Arthur, fishermen are picking up largemouth bass and the occasional northern pike on crankbaits, topwaters and minnows. Challen cats are hitting on livers and gizzards.

• Donegal Lake was recently stocked with trout, but fishing pressure is light since that day. Anglers are getting some trout, though, along with bluegills and a few bass.

• Wilmore Dam remains partially down, but anglers are taking some bluegills there.

• Canonsburg Lake continues to give up trout after a recent stocking. Fishermen are taking the fish on Powerbait, maggots and, to a lesser extent, spinners.

• Lake Rowena and Dumna Dam are giving up stocked trout, according to a Fish and Boat Commission report.

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