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Sugar Creek - Crawfordsville - Indiana

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Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Day 18-24 Griffith's Gnat
February Midges, Blue Wing Olives Day 18-24, 16-20 Griffith's Gnat, Pheasant Tail Nymph
Mars Blue Wing Olives Day 16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph
April Midges, Caddis Afternoon 16-20 Olive Elkhair Caddis
May Caddis, Stoneflies Day 10-14 Yellow Elkhair Caddis, Black Stonefly Nymph
June Stoneflies, Damselflies Day 10-12 Black Stonefly Nymph, Blue Damsel
July Damselflies, Terrestrials Day 10-12, 8-12 Blue Damsel, Dave's Hopper
August Terrestrials, Tricos Morning 8-12, 18-24 Dave's Hopper, Trico Spinner
September Terrestrials, Tricos, Blue Wing Olives Day 8-12, 18-24, 16-20 Dave's Hopper, Trico Spinner, Pheasant Tail Nymph
October Blue Wing Olives Day 16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph
November Blue Wing Olives, Midges Day 16-20, 18-24 Pheasant Tail Nymph, Griffith's Gnat
December Midges Day 18-24 Griffith's Gnat

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

Fly fishing in Sugar Creek – Crawfordsville offers some of the best spots to bait-hook, thanks to its breathtaking view and plentiful fish species. Here are the top spots:

  • Lake Waveland: Apart from rainbow trout, this spot is also famous for largemouth bass and catfish. Anglers love the serene environment.
  • Pine Hills Nature Preserve: Located near Sugar Creek, it is an ideal spot for fly fishing. It’s known for bank fishing and the splendid view.
  • Shades State Park: Another place near Sugar Creek offering a versatile experience with warm-water species like smallmouth bass and panfish.
  • Turkey Run State Park: This spot offers an excellent opportunity to catch largemouth and smallmouth bass. Its forest backdrop adds an extra charm.
  • Waterworks Bayou: Right near the Sugar Creek, undoubtedly one of the best spots for fly fishing. Carp, bass, and bluegill are frequently found.

Best Access Points

The Sugar Creek in Crawfordsville is a well-known spot for fly fishing enthusiasts. Here are some of the best access points:

  • Deer’s Mill Covered Bridge: Not only is it a beautiful location, it’s also home to brown and rainbow trout.
  • Shades State Park: A diverse fishing spot with many varieties of fish, and many fisherman find success here.
  • Clements Canoes Outdoor Center: An ideal starting point for a Sugar Creek fishing trip with plenty of trout in this stretch.

Remember, you’re required to have an Indiana fishing license before you cast your line. Catch-and-release fly fishing is encouraged to preserve fish populations. Above all, enjoy the peace and beauty this creek offers while you’re angling for that big catch.

Local Fish

  • Smallmouth Bass: Known for their fighting spirit, Smallmouth Bass are a prime target for fly fishers on Sugar Creek.
  • Largemouth Bass: Though not as common as Smallmouth, Largemouth Bass are still a popular target due to their size and aggressive nature.
  • Walleye: These elusive and predatory fish are a thrill to catch, but require a bit more skill and patience.
  • Northern Pike: With their sharp teeth and aggressive behavior, Northern Pike are a favorite among more experienced fly fishers.
  • Muskie: Known as the ‘Fish of Ten Thousand Casts’, Muskie provide a real challenge and an intense fight.
  • Crappie: Crappie are a family-friendly fish that put up a good fight, making for a fun and rewarding day of fishing.
  • Bluegill: Perfect for beginners, Bluegill are plentiful and provide a fun, easy catch.
  • Channel Catfish: These large, bottom-dwelling fish put up an incredible fight, making them a fun and challenging target for any fly fisher.

About The River

Located in the scenic heart of Montgomery County, Indiana, Sugar Creek has a rich blend of history and natural beauty. Its famous city, Crawfordsville, was founded in 1823 and woven deeply into the area’s history, is the pivotal role it played in the bustling railroad industry during the 19th century.
  • General Lew Wallace Study and Museum – once home to the author of the famous novel “Ben-Hur”, is an iconic attraction and an emblem of Crawfordsville’s literary heritage.
  • Rotary Jail Museum – the only surviving rotary jail in the country, this museum gives a unique insight into the history of crime and punishment in Indiana.
The rippling waters of Sugar Creek also provide ample recreational opportunities: canoeing, fishing, and summer tubing are popular activities that help to draw families and adventure-seekers alike to the area.
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