Fishing Season: Late March - Mid November

Sugar Creek - IN

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Orvis Carmel's Tip of the Week

The streamer bite is on! If you're a streamer lover, use a Conrad Wounded Minnow!!! This fly brought over 50 fish to the boat a couple days ago! Look for the deeper pools and downsize your fly. With the water temperatures in the low 50 degree range, are fish are slowing down. We recommend the "picking pockets" way of fishing; simply move through skinny water and focus on the deeper pools/pockets and sections!

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Map of Sugar Creek

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 5/6/22

With the recent rain, Sugar is running a little on the high side. We recommend tying fly's to pass the time until we can get out and fish! Hopefully our weather changes back to spring temperatures and we can get out! The water level is currently on the rise; check the gauge before making the trip!

Techniques & Tips as of 5/6/22

Streamers are working well, we like game changers, bugger changers, Conrad's wounded minnow, Clouser minnows and wooly buggers!

Local Species Available Late March - Mid November

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    Small Mouth Bass

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    rock bass

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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


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: