Near Crawfordsville, the Sugar Creek is known as trophy smallmouth bass water for fly fishing. The 100 mile Sugar Creek starts in the pastoral lands of Boone County and runs southwest through forested lands to the confluence with the Wabash River. Most fly fishermen float the Sugar Creek unless the water is really low.
Some of the easier access points are in Shades State Park, Turkey Run State Park and Pine Hills Nature Preserve.
There are two main regulations on Sugar Creek for fly fishing. First, it is catch-and-release for any fish under 20 inches. Second, anglers are only permitted to take one fish over 20 inches per day.
Some of the best fishing is in April when the waters are cold. You are likely to take some of the biggest fish of the year.
Note: All trout streams in Indiana are catch-and-release from January 1st to April 14th. Stocked trout streams are closed the last two weeks of April. Open season limits are a total of five trout per day with a daily max of one brown trout.
Overall, Sugar Creek is the 3rd most popular fly fishing river of all 15 fly fishing spots in Indiana.