2021 Derby Leaderboard

•  Click Here for the Derby Rules on how to enter your fish before submitting. Do not submit before you are sure you took the required photos. All fish measurements and submissions are subject to review. All winning fish entries are subject to a final review. Measurements are based on submitted photographic evidence and if the angler followed Derby requirements and rules.

Send your entries to madriversteelheadderby@gmail.com for the highest resolution jpg photos possible for us to post. Or you can post them to the Mad River Steelhead Derby’s Facebook Community page or Group page if you do not have email. You can send photos in Instagram as well, but they might be low resolution. Tell us what you think the overall length was as well as any other information on what you caught it on — as some of our sponsors would love to hear from our anglers that they caught fish using their products. Please use a tape with large numbers on it for best photos. Pull the tape tight over the fish. Use rocks or your boot if you need a weight to hold the tape down. Please keep your hands away from the tape so we can see the entire tape measurement. Make sure the zero mark is not covered up or off the center of the mouth in any way.

Caught on a Yakima Bait Mag Lip and released.
Caught on Gamakatzu barbless hooks. P-Line fluorocarbon. Mad River Drifter. Pink, red and orange beads all from RMI Outdoors.
Caught on Mad River Manufacturing Bead
Caught on Lured Beads
Caught with beads on a Center Pin float
Brad Jacks submitted a 9.5 lb hatchery steelhead he caught on a BNR Tackle Bead

Adult Division Leaders


1) 36 and 1/4 inches caught by Zach Hunter on 2/13/21
2) 35 inches caught by Brian Larsen on 2/ 21/21
3) 34 and 3/4 inches caught by Athan Andronico on 2/19/21
• 34 and 1/4 inches caught by Mike Smith on 2/27/21
• 34 and 1/4 inches by Ben Herring on 1/19/21
• 34 inches caught by Seth Waters 1/1/2021
• 34 inches caught by Brian Larsen on 2/13/21
• 33 inches caught by Seth Waters on 1/1/2021
• 32 and 1/2 inches caught by Shane Ranstrom on 2/19/21
• 32 & 1/4 inches caught by Fred Contaoi on 1/1/21
• 32 & 1/4 inches caught by Zach Hunter on 2/10/21
• 32 inches caught by Randy Houk on 1/31/21
• 32 inches caught & released by Kirk Yonker on 1/12/21
• 32 inches caught by Ted Henry on 1/12/21
• 31 & 3/4 inches caught by Scott Gantt on 2/6/21
• 31 & 3/8 inches caught by Richard Burrow on 1/23/21
• 31 inches caught by Doyle Miller on 1/19/21
• 31 inches caught by Tyler Vaughn on 1/25/21
• 31 inches caught by Jim Paul on 2/7/21
• 30 & 3/4 inches caught by Mike Smith on 1/29/21
• 30 & 1/2 inches caught by Kelly McGittigan on3/5/21
• 30 & 5/8 inches caught Jared Carper on 1/12/21
• 30 & 1/4 inches caught by Chad Gaser on 1/17/21
• 30 inches caught by Johnathan Johnson Sr on 1/11/21
• 30 inches caught by Ben Herring on 1/12/21
• 30 inches caught by Jaycob Corn on 1/22/21
• 29 & 3/4 inches caught by Tanner Jones on 2/10/21
• 29 & 1/2 inches caught by Shane Ranstrom on 1/17/21
• 29 & 1/8 inches caught by Jared Carper on 1/5/21
• 29 inches caught by Andrew McLaughlin on 1/10/21
• 29 inches caught by Tyrone Bachus on 1/12/21
• 28 & 3/8 inches caught by Brad Jacks on 1/3/2021
• 28 inches caught by Tyler Collins on 1/3/2021
• 28 inches caught by Jaycob Corn on 1/19/21
• 27 & 3/4 inches caught by Mike Smith on 1/9/21
• 27 & 5/16 inches caught by Chris Driscoll on 1/20/21
• 26 & 1/2 inches caught by Frank Emerson on 1/21/21
• 26 & 1/2 inches caught by Darin Birnie on 1/7/21
• 26 inches caught by Erik Van Steinberg on 1/5/21
• 26 inches caught by Del Kelly on 1/22/21
• 25 inches caught by Jaycob Corn on 1/23/21
• 20 and 1/2 inches caught by Ruben Rios on 2/4/21
• 20 inches caught by Sage Rios on 2/4/21

*Disqualified fish will go into a separate derby pool. Disqualified fish did not meet the Derby requirements and rules as stated or an overall length measurement could not be discerned from the available photos.

Youth Division Leaders

Caught on a 8 mil Trout Beads
Caught on BNR Beads

Youth division (16 years and under)
• 31 & 1/2 inches caught by Rocco Previde (16 yrs old) on 1/26/21
• 29 inches caught by Cole Vandenplas (14 yrs old) 1/17/2021
• 25 inches caught by Cole Vandenplas 1/11/2021
• 22 inches caught by Jackson Kelly (13 yrs old) on 1/23/2021

We’d like to thank our sponsors and partners for allowing us to put on this annual event for our Derby hatchery steelhead anglers and Mad River Steelhead Stewards. Product and Tackle Donations are accepted from Dec until April to be included in our angler prize pool. Visit Mad River Steelhead Derby on Facebook or Instagram accounts for more photos, product raffles, weather reports, river levels and weekly fishing reports from Fishing the North Coast.

Published by Mad River Steelhead Derby

A hatchery steelhead fishing contest on the Mad River in Blue Lake, CA