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
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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.
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.