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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Old fishing tackle still fools big bass
Kansas City Star, May 21st

All the equipment Platt was using was made in the 1930s or earlier. He fought the fish with a Pfluegger Supreme reel, a Heddon Pal steel rod and a Creek Chub Midget Darter topwater lure. It wasn't the first time he caught a big fish with the antique...Read more

DeKalb County Property to be Preserved
Inside Indiana Business (press release), May 18th

Their grandfather, Carl Heinzerling, co-founder of Creek Chub Bait Co., purchased the property in the 1920s. Their father, Harry Heinzerling, rode the interurban rail line out of Garrett in the morning to set a trap line on the property and returned to...Read more

Little fish poses a big threat in Lily Lake
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader, May 16th

For other bait fish that are crucial to the food chain - such as golden shiners, creek chub suckers and spottail shiners, alewives tend to outcompete them and they could disappear form the lake, Wnuk said. Other lakes in the northeast where Wnuk is...Read more

ACRES adds site near Huntertown
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, May 14th

The land, called Heinzerling Family Five Points Nature Preserve, was originally purchased in 1920 by Carl Heinzerling, co-founder of the Creek Chub Bait Co. His son Harry used to set trap lines on the property and sell furs at his father's hardware...Read more

Fishing Report: Weekend of May 1-3, April 30th

gravel points; crappie good using small minnows around stick-ups or small jigs around submerged brush piles; walleye fair using large creek chub minnows or 3-4-inch crankbaits; black bass fair using white and chartreuse spinnerbaits with a gold...Read more

Outdoor column: Old lures are valuable for different reasons
New Bern Sun Journal, April 29th

For example, some of the “hot” lures for collectors are Heddon “Spindiver” plugs, Pflueger “gem clip” hardware lures, Creek Chub 5-hook minnow lures, and lures in certain colors such as copper, frog scale, or yellow. Some plugs, such as the Arbogast...Read more

Below the surface: Some saltwater creatures are easy to miss
Bluffton Today, April 25th

A creek chub is a common minnow living in small creeks and sometimes lakes, preferring cloudy water. Feeding on insects that fall on the water, tiny crustaceous cousins of shrimp and water fleas, they are most noticeable when in a group or mass...Read more

Old Creek Chub Injured Minnow Propbaits (press release), June 3rd

Anybody else own some of these? I found them in my old tackle boxes that haven't been opened in like thirty years haha was just wondering if y'all know how to fish em and if they are good lures. IMG_20140603_123721.jpg · IMG_20140603_123737.jpg...Read more