The Creek Chub Bait Company was founded in 1916 by three anglers, one of whom, Henry Dills, invented a wiggling lure with a metal lip that could be used to alter the way the lure moved. Dills also patented a process of painting lures by spraying paint through a screen. The company's first lure was the 'Wiggler,' a basic minnow-type lure. But their most famous was the 'Pikie,' a bullet-shaped lure that could be purchased in one to three pieces, depending on the amount of wiggle desired. In the 1920s, Creek Chub introduced its lower quality 'Shur-Strike' line, hoping to grow its business. And after the war, they successfully made both plastic and saltwater lures. Harry Dills retired in 1978, and closed down the company.


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Fish & Feather returning to Twin Cities
Bloomington Pantagraph, January 25th

John Wilkinson of John's Handcrafted Lures, Washington, holds a hand made replica lure of the 1925 the Johny J., Creek Chub Wiggle Worm, during last year's Illinois Fish & Feather Expo at the Interstate Center on West Market Street, Bloomington. prev...Read more

Goodbye, 2015: You had your highlights, but there were some bad times, too
Kansas City Star, December 26th

surpassing the former mark of 60 pounds 9 ounces, also caught at Bull Shoals. “When I got that fish into shallow water, I went in and bear-hugged it and got it on the bank,” said Dillman, who was using 20-pound test and a creek chub for bait. “I...Read more

District Fishing report 11.20.2015
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 19th

16, John Gregor of Verona caught a 30-inch walleye on the first cast using a live 4-inch creek chub. Twin Lakes (Westmoreland County): Fish and Boat reported that crappies were taking minnows. Report your catch and submit high-resolution digital photos...Read more

U.K. Fish-Eating Spider Back from the Brink
Discovery News, November 3rd

Thanks to a relocation project by a host of conservation organizations, the fen raft spider has made a remarkable rebound from near extinction in the United Kingdom. The semi-aquatic fen raft (or great raft) spider, distributed widely in Europe, was at...Read more

Tom's Mailbag, Sept. 18, 2015
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette, September 18th

a University of Illinois ichthyology class about 50 species of fish have been found in the Boneyard including guppy, minnows, Green Sunfish, Logear Sunfish, Central Stoneroller, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Stonecat, White Sucker, Creek Chub...Read more

MYHRE: In the fall, walleyes want minnows or chubs
Sioux City Journal, September 16th

It's really difficult to find a better bait for walleyes in the fall months than the creek chub. And, it seems, the later it gets and the colder the water the better. The best creek chubs are the ones you catch yourself from local streams. These wild...Read more

Sasser: When bass fishing, there's much to like about topwater lures
Dallas Morning News, August 29th

Names like the Devil's Horse, Jitterbug, Creek Chub Surface Dingbat, Zara Spook, Hula Popper, Lucky 13, Tiny Torpedo, Bigfoot Scum Frog, Walking Boss, Top Dawg, Chug Bug, Skitter Pop, Sexy Dawg, Bronzeye Popper, Pad Crasher Frog and dozens more...Read more

Vintage Tackle Contest: Creek Chub Fly Rod Bug Wiggler
Field and Stream (blog), March 21st

It comes from Steve Neher, along with this great back story:My wife's great Aunt Freda worked at Creek Chub Bait Co. in Garret, Indiana, in the 50's and 60's. When she found out I fished, her gift to me was a bait from Creek Chub every Christmas. The...Read more