Steelhead Alley 1 min read

Black River Steelhead Fishing Map

Ken Sperry

Posted by Ken Sperry

April 2, 2016

Black River Ohio

Disclosure: DIY Fly Fishing may receive a commission for purchases made through links in this article, at no additional cost to you.

Black River is a large, shale-bottom tributary to Lake Erie that receives a spring run of Little Manistee steelhead and a small fall run (in September) of King Salmon. 

Black River runs through Black River Reservation, a Lorain County Metro Park. Access points inside the Black River Reservation Metro Park include Days Dam, Burr Oak, and High Meadows. Black River Reservation is accessible via 31st street, East River Road, and Ford Creek.

There are a number of important feeder streams to Black River including French Creek, East and West Branches and Cascade Creek.

Black River Steelhead Trout Fishing Map

map of fishing access sites on the Black River in Ohio

Get Directions to the Fishing Access Points shown above with the DIY Fly Fishing Map

Black River Flow Chart


The USGS Black River flow gauge in Elyria, OH provides real-time stream flow data. The chart above shows the stream flow (in cfs) for the past seven days.

  • Ideal Flow (cfs): 150-350
  • Average Run-Off Time: 2-3 days

Best Flies for Black River

Salmon and steelhead that run up Black River are no too selective when if comes to flies.  Simple egg, nymph and streamer patterns will do the trick.

Need flies? 

BASSDASH offers a great selection of some of the most effective egg flies and attractor patterns. Set includes 57 flies (see list below) and high-grade double-sided fly box.

steelhead nymphs

Classic Steelhead Nymphs

Antron Egg, Glo-Bug, Crystal Egg Fly, Dot Egg Fly, Crystal Meth, Milky Nuke Egg, Ultra Maggots, Egg Sucking Worms, Flash Candy Fly

Visit our DIY Steelhead Alley Fishing Guide for maps and information on other Lake Erie Tributaries that steelhead like to visit.