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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Outdoors: Allure of antique tackle
South Bend Tribune, July 27th

Among those items in their displays include tackle produced from the likes of Heddon, South Bend Tackle, Shakespeare, Paw Paw Bait and Creek Chub — companies that all thrived in this region years ago. Both men are historians and can share the history ...Read more

Muskie fishing is worth the effort
Mansfield News Journal, July 26th

You will need at least a half dozen or so muskie lures, which can add up to some dollars, maybe a Berkley Monster Shad or two, a perch finish Creek Chub Pikie, Mepps Muskie Killer, and a couple of long lipped stick baits maybe six-inches long. You've...Read more

Record-Setting Bug Is Bigger Than Your Hand
Discovery News, July 23rd

The spider Dolomedes tenebrosus was photographed devouring a creek chub on the banks of Bullskin Creek near Brutus, Kentucky, according to lead author Martin Nyffeler, a zoologist and spider expert from the University of Basel. He told Discovery News ...Read more

Column: Really Dad?
Amity Observer, July 23rd

After a half an hour of lobbing a creek chub into the harbor dimpled by the frustrating swooshes of stripers sucking up all of the live bait, I told Caelan I was going back to the boat. Just as he was trying to negotiate more fishing time, he stopped...Read more

A school of little suckers
Southeast Missourian, July 19th

Most likely you will be rewarded with a sunfish or creek chub, but maybe you will catch a hog sucker. The hog sucker has several names including hognose sucker and black sucker. It is found exclusively in North America and most specifically in clear...Read more

Show lures in fishemen in Indiana
The Augusta Chronicle, July 12th

made in a particular state, lures that resemble mice or frogs, tiny lures made for fly fishing - and of course, an abundance of collections focusing on the products of the famous early companies including Heddon, Shakespeare, Creek Chub and South Bend...Read more

USGS Study: Mountaintop Removal Mining Impacts Fish Populations
West Virginia Public Broadcasting, July 9th

The streams in the study contain 25 species that are generally found in an Appalachian stream, including creek chub, minnows, sunfish and darters. There were fewer fish downstream from the mining sites and half the number of species. A minority of...Read more

Coulson: There's no place like home for fishing
The Coloradoan, July 5th

So naturally, my fish of the day was a chunky creek chub. Sheridan Reservoir was our second stop for a “picnic” dinner after spending a day visiting the Badlands. I wanted to give it a try as warm water species were listed as being present. As we were...Read more