Fishing Season: Late March - Mid November

Sugar Creek - IN

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

83

Orvis Carmel's Tip of the Week

The streamer bite is on! We recommend Clouser Minnows, Conrad's Wounded Minnow, or another baitfish imitation. We have talked to customers that have brought a few fish to hand using poppers, blue damsel in color! The Cicadas are emerging and will be fish food soon!!! Use a black or dark green popper to imitate one of these critters! The top water bite is on!!! We're freshly stocked on Todd's Wiggle Minnow and Sneaky Pete's!

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Map of Sugar Creek

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 6/18/21

We'll see warmer temperatures and rain this week; make sure to check the gauge before you go. With the warmer air temperatures, we expect the top water bite to turn on!

Techniques & Tips as of 6/18/21

Early summer it's best to fish a streamer; as we transition to warmer air temperatures...throw a popper/slider/deer hair diver on and have fun!

Current Conditions as of 6/18/21

We'll see warmer temperatures and rain this week; make sure to check the gauge before you go. With the warmer air temperatures, we expect the top water bite to turn on!

Local Species Available Late March - Mid November

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    Small Mouth Bass

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    Carp

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    rock bass

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    bluegill

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    suckers

Orvis Carmel's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Weedless Sneaky Pete Popper Chart or Black 6-10
Woolly Bugger olive, black 6-10
Bass Popper Red 8
Hair Bass Bug Fruit Cocktail 4-6
Near Nuff Crayfish Olive 8
Lefty's Deceiver White/Chart 2-4
Conehead Bunny Muddler char, black 2-4
Clouser Minnow Chart/White 6-1/0
Todds Wiggle Minnow N/A

Weedless Sneaky Pete Popper

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Orvis Carmel's Recommended Gear

Description: About Sugar Creek

Sugar Creek is the epitome of a small mouth bass fishery. It has all the structure that smallies like to orient into and pleanty of food for them to eat. You can either walk and wade or float this river, although at higher flows drift boats are recomended. This river constantly produces smallies over 20", so if you want to feel the tug of a fish that just does not give up, Sugar is the best place for you to start your warm water river journey.

Nearest Airport:

Indianapolis International

Hatches:

Crawfish, Baitfish, Helgramites, Frogs, Leeches, Poppers

Best Time to Fish:

Mid Morning-Late Afternoon

Best Stretch:

covered bridge in darlington and down stream.

Best Access:

Darlington/Thorntown