[DIY] Guide to the Best Fly Fishing in Steelhead Alley

Looking for the best places to fish in Steelhead Alley? This interactive map of steelhead rivers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York should help. Click on map markers for information on stream access and to get directions.

Steelhead Alley Fishing Map

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Black River (OH): 41.464688, -82.165734
Chagrin River (OH): 41.677119, -81.437258
USGS Gauge - Chagrin River at Willoughby OH: 41.630881, -81.403445
Chagrin River (Eastlake Seawall): 41.674737, -81.440698
Chagrin River (Borac's Landing Boat Ramp): 41.665979, -81.422950
Chagrin River (Mitchell Field): 41.661995, -81.422165
Chagrin River (Chagrin River Park): 41.658670, -81.410100
Chagrin River (Gilson Park): 41.649506, -81.407421
Chagrin River (Todd Field): 41.641542, -81.403652
Chagrin River (Daniels Park): 41.628406, -81.400182
Chagrin River (N. Chagrin Reservation): 41.583224, -81.401445
Chagrin River (Rogers Road Field): 41.569557, -81.415172
Conneaut Creek (OH): 41.972512, -80.549560
Conneaut Creek (Lakeville Park Access): 41.893737, -80.574170
Conneaut Creek (Carter Rd Bridge Access): 41.870008, -80.401821
Conneaut Creek (Bridge Access): 41.890732, -80.400929
Conneaut Creek (Gage Road Access): 41.900315, -80.375443
Conneaut Creek (Griffy Road Bridge Access): 41.917513, -80.469075
Conneaut Creek (Rt 6N Bridge Access): 41.916902, -80.452689
Conneaut Creek (Mckee Road South Access): 41.919635, -80.430355
Conneaut Creek (Mckee Road North Access): 41.920554, -80.430480
Conneaut Creek (Rt 215 Bridge Access): 41.920204, -80.398485
Conneaut Creek (Old Bridge Abutment Access): 41.901268, -80.380119
Conneaut Creek (Breakwall): 41.967245, -80.554971
Conneaut Creek (Harbor): 41.970090, -80.551369
Conneaut Creek (Woodworth Road Boat Ramp): 41.952856, -80.542835
USGS Gauge - Conneaut Creek at Conneaut OH: 41.926944, -80.604167
Rocky River (OH): 41.490138, -81.836897
Rocky River (Lagoon Dam): 41.402561, -81.883992
Rocky River (Cedar Point Area): 41.407087, -81.885956
Rocky River (Morley Ford): 41.459249, -81.822230
Rocky River (Brookpark Overpass): 41.417378, -81.857337
Rocky River (Mastic Picnic Access): 41.432877, -81.848846
Rocky River (Mastic Woods): 41.442988, -81.841123
Rocky River (Blue Bank Pools): 41.443117, -81.829141
Rocky River (Lorain Rd Bridge): 41.452893, -81.824387
Rocky River (Horse Ford): 41.464230, -81.818642
Rocky River (Access): 41.476920, -81.823794
Rocky River (Rock Cliff Spring & Pool): 41.468659, -81.824580
Rocky River (Madison Pool): 41.465670, -81.827760
Rocky River (Emerald Necklace Access): 41.477718, -81.832011
USGS Gauge - Rocky River near Berea OH: 41.406715, -81.887082
Vermilion River (OH): 41.424450, -82.364845
Vermilion Municipal Boat Launch: 41.420143, -82.356567
Vermilion River (Jerusalem Road Access): 41.402325, -82.326515
Vermilion River (Mill Hollow Bacon Woods Park): 41.380497, -82.320000
Vermilion River (Bacon Woods Access): 41.390953, -82.330956
Vermilion River (Peasley Road Access): 41.361187, -82.310860
Vermilion River (Gore Orphanage Road Access): 41.360195, -82.334206
Vermilion River (Schoefle Garden Access): 41.330662, -82.350563
Vermilion River (Wakeman Dam Access): 41.254848, -82.399857
USGS Gauge - Vermilion River near Vermilion OH: 41.381990, -82.316827
Grand River (OH): 41.719361, -81.228528
Grand River (Mentor Headlands & Breakwall): 41.760390, -81.281791
Grand River (Fairport Harbor Park): 41.758164, -81.275682
Grand River (Painesville City Park & Old Dam): 41.730981, -81.236151
Grand River (Helen Hazen Wyman Park): 41.704904, -81.231036
Grand River (Mason's Landing): 41.726739, -81.185049
Grand River (Indian Point Park): 41.719945, -81.175636
Grand River (Hidden Valley Park): 41.741159, -81.049002
Grand River (Riverview Park): 41.740686, -81.041453
Grand River (Hogsback Ridge Park): 41.744071, -81.030810
Grand River (Harpersfield Dam): 41.756944, -80.943868
USGS Gauge - Grand River near Painesville OH: 41.718934, -81.227879
Ashtablua River (Walnut Beach Breakwall): 41.900924, -80.806789
Ashtabula River (Cedarquist Park): 41.874941, -80.782573
Ashtabula River (Indian Trails Park): 41.855630, -80.762070
Ashtabula River (Olins Bridge): 41.862710, -80.721110
Ashtabula River (Green Hills Rd): 41.852620, -80.727430
Ashtabula River (Benetka Rd): 41.848790, -80.689380
Ashtabula River (Root Road): 41.833330, -80.620020
Huron River (Ohio): 41.394130, -82.554610
Huron River (Rt. 6 Access): 41.390360, -82.552630
Huron River (Valley Resort): 41.355710, -82.557200
Huron River (Private Access): 41.336910, -82.579250
Huron River (Coupling Reserve): 41.324280, -82.588500
Huron River West Branch (Milan Area): 41.286730, -82.642900
Huron River West Branch (Hwy 16): 41.245890, -82.690830
Huron River West Branch (Frank Clark Park): 41.241810, -82.692510
Twentymile Creek-1: 42.260300, -79.781410
Twentymile Creek-2: 42.239820, -79.772420
Twentymile Creek-3: 42.239820, -79.772420
Sixteenmile Creek: 42.240970, -79.833040
Twelvemile Creek: 42.211110, -79.915220
Cascade Creek-1: 42.125550, -80.110500
Cascade Creek-2: 42.118520, -80.117890
Presque Isle: 42.147710, -80.129730
Walnut Creek-1: 42.075310, -80.238110
Walnut Creek-2: 42.065940, -80.228800
Walnut Creek-3: 42.056210, -80.223860
Walnut Creek-4: 42.046970, -80.171950
Walnut Creek-5: 42.056310, -80.142810
Trout Run: 42.058510, -80.272520
Godfrey Run: 42.043830, -80.310210
Elk Creek-1: 42.020950, -80.374670
Elk Creek-2: 42.020060, -80.368090
Elk Creek-3: 42.007150, -80.353200
Elk Creek-4: 42.007150, -80.353200
Elk Creek-5: 42.007150, -80.353200
Elk Creek-6: 41.998200, -80.336530
Elk Creek-7: 41.998200, -80.336530
Elk Creek-8: 41.991790, -80.318810
Elk Creek-9: 41.991790, -80.318810
Elk Creek-10: 41.991790, -80.318810
Elk Creek-11: 41.993160, -80.218560
Elk Creek-12: 41.997110, -80.199450
Elk Creek-13: 42.004380, -80.202600
Elk Creek-14: 42.003700, -80.189260
Elk Creek-15: 42.002740, -80.174050
Elk Creek-16: 41.997260, -80.163780
Elk Creek-17: 42.002510, -80.143040
Crooked Creek-1: 41.994120, -80.419530
Crooked Creek-2: 41.994120, -80.419530
Crooked Creek-3: 41.983490, -80.401950
Crooked Creek-4: 41.983490, -80.401950
Crooked Creek-5: 41.983490, -80.401950
Raccoon Creek-1: 41.989430, -80.480680
Raccoon Creek-2: 41.976400, -80.472230
Raccoon Creek-3: 41.967970, -80.462930
East Branch Conneaut Creek, PA: 41.894380, -80.370240
West Branch Conneaut Creek, PA: 41.867760, -80.471080
NY - Cattaraugus Creek : 42.562121, -79.094267
NY - Chautauqua Creek: 42.202965, -79.591095
Twentymile Creek, PA: 42.263111, -79.784210
Huron River at Milan OH: 41.300885, -82.608233
Black River at Elyria OH: 41.380324, -82.104593
Canadaway Creek, NY: 42.475496, -79.364646
Cattaraugus Creek (Lower), NY: 42.456067, -78.812560
Cattaraugus Creek (Lower), NY: 42.473846, -78.744743
Cattaraugus Creek (Lower), NY: 42.483415, -78.700132
Cattaraugus Creek (Lower), NY: 42.443692, -78.903905
Cayuga Inlet, NY: 42.368737, -76.554022
Cayuga Inlet, NY: 42.384280, -76.553295
Cayuga Inlet, NY: 42.353973, -76.544816
Cayuga Inlet, NY: 42.347026, -76.540545
Cayuga Inlet, NY: 42.338423, -76.529626
Chautauqua Creek, NY: 42.305822, -79.578375
Eighteen Mile Creek, NY: 42.711456, -78.966497
Eighteen Mile Creek, NY: 42.699249, -78.940697
Eighteen Mile Creek, NY: 42.706650, -78.892991
Eighteen Mile Creek, NY: 43.336163, -78.717152
Eighteen Mile Creek, NY: 43.317312, -78.715370
Cattaraugus Creek 5, NY: 42.536283, -78.457809
Cattaraugus Creek 6, NY: 42.586084, -78.335112
Cattaraugus Creek 3, NY: 42.483438, -78.700132
Cattaraugus Creek 2, NY: 42.455766, -78.812014
Cattaraugus Creek 1, NY: 42.443673, -78.903923
Cattaraugus Creek 4, NY: 42.534669, -78.478240
Cayuga Inlet 4, NY: 42.338428, -76.529602
Cayuga Inlet 1, NY: 42.384159, -76.553304
Cayuga Inlet 2, NY: 42.368737, -76.554031
Cayuga Inlet 3, NY: 42.347040, -76.540539
Cayuta Creek 2, NY: 42.268607, -76.682588
Cayuta Creek 1, NY: 42.227309, -76.611908
Chautauqua Creek 1, NY: 42.305845, -79.578139
Eighteenmile Creek 1, NY: 42.711456, -78.966497
Eighteenmile Creek 2, NY: 42.699340, -78.940677
Eighteenmile Creek 3, NY: 42.706645, -78.892990

Steelhead Alley Featured Destinations

Steelhead Alley includes tributaries to Lake Erie in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York that receive two major runs of steelhead in the Spring and Fall.

Reel Action Fly Fishing shows us what fishing in Steelhead Alley is all about.  Ready to go?

Best Steelhead Fishing in Ohio

Ohio's primary steelhead rivers are Chagrin River, Conneaut CreekGrand River, Rocky River and Vermilion River. Several other rivers including Arcola Creek, Ashtabula River, Beaver Creek, Black River, Cold Creek, Cowles Creek, Cuyahoga River, Euclid Creek, French Creek, Huron River, Turkey Creek, Wheeler Creek get runs of stray steelhead.

Rivers in each state that receive steelhead runs are listed below. Click on the links provided for more information about each river including maps detailing stream access, stream flow charts and steelhead fishing reports.

Ohio

Pennslyvania

  • ​Brady Run
  • Cascade Creek
  • Conneaut Creek
  • Crooked Creek
  • Elk Creek
  • Eight-mile Run
  • Four-mile Run
  • Godfrey Run
  • Peck Run
  • Raccoon Creek
  • Seven-mile Run
  • Sixteen-Mile Run
  • Trout Run
  • Turkey Creek
  • Twelve-mile Run
  • Twenty-mile Creek
  • Walnut Creek

New York

  • ​Beaver Creek
  • Big Sister Creek
  • Buffalo Creek
  • Canadaway Creek
  • ​Cattaraugus Creek
  • Cayuga Creek
  • Cazenovia Creek
  • ​Chautauqua Creek
  • Delaware Creek
  • ​Eighteen-Mile Creek
  • Little Sister Creek
  • Muddy Creek
  • Silver Creek
  • Twenty-Mile Creek
  • Walnut Creek

Steelhead Alley Fly Fishing Tips

New Fly Fisher host Colin McKeown joins expert steelhead angler Jeff Blood to learn some excellent nymphing techniques for Lake Erie steelhead.


Steelhead Alley Fishing Gear

You can make steelhead fishing as complicated as you like or keep it pretty simple. To help us out, Mike Durkalec explains the basics of Steelhead fishing gear.

In this Wild Ohio TV video, Mike explains the benefits and differences between five rod-and-reel setups that are typical of Steelhead anglers, including spinning, noodle, fly, spey and center-pin setups. He also discusses a handful of fly patterns, as well as lures that mimic two of Steelhead Alley’s most fed-upon baitfish – the Emerald Shiner and Gizzard Shad.

If you're fly fishing, a single-handed, 9-ft or 10-ft, 7- or 8-wt rod and large arbor reel with a good drag and floating line is an excellent choice. This setup is great for fishing tandem nymph rigs as Mike discussed in the video above. If you are into swinging flies, an 11-ft switch rod or 12-ft double-hand spey rod makes life a lot easier.