Fishing Season: Late March - Mid November

Sugar Creek - IN

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

60

Orvis Carmel's Tip of the Week

Fishing for our warm water fish this time of year can be difficult. With the cooler water, our fish will be found in deeper pools seeking warmer water temperatures. If you plan on fishing, use a smaller, weighted fly and lighter pound test tippet. The fish will eat, but you'll need to put your fly directly in front of the smallmouth to entice them to eat.

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Map of Sugar Creek

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 4/26/21

Sugar Creek is back to a wadable/fishable level; at least for now! The weather this week may bring snow and rain; keep an eye on the gauge and let's hope the water level keeps dropping! The weather early this week will be awesome! We'll see rain chances coming in on Wednesday through the weekend.

Techniques & Tips as of 4/26/21

Streamer fishing always works well, look for the deeper stretches and fish a smaller fly. You'll almost need to hit a smallmouth on the nose to get an eat!

Current Conditions as of 4/26/21

Sugar Creek is back to a wadable/fishable level; at least for now! The weather this week may bring snow and rain; keep an eye on the gauge and let's hope the water level keeps dropping! The weather early this week will be awesome! We'll see rain chances coming in on Wednesday through the weekend.

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