2021-2022 Steelhead Winter Run Derby planning has begun!

Sign up for Derby #3: CLICK HERE

With a potential La Niña rainy winter fast approaching, Nor-Cal Guides & Sportsmen’s Association (NCGASA) anglers have requested we start the Mad River Steelhead Derby (MRSD) earlier than January 1st for Derby #3. Several anglers from last year suggested the MRSD start in December 2021. We agreed Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021 might be a good weekend to start the Derby. Anglers would be encouraged to register by Dec. 18 online and at RMI Outdoors in Eureka if we can get enough sponsors to start the Derby that early and if we can get the steelhead measurement metal rulers in time. Read below.

This year NCGASA will use aluminum fish measuring rulers to measure hatchery steelhead entries with photos. NCGASA used soft measuring tapes in the last two Mad River Steelhead Derbies, but the accuracy of the measurements was not consistent. For MRSD #3, every angler will be required to measure their catches with a metal ruler provided by NCGASA. These rulers will be included as part of the Derby registration fees and anglers can either keep the rulers or return them after the event ends in order to save them for Derby #4. Rulers can be shared among anglers if needed. Some of our anglers may drill a hole in the ruler in order to be able to lock a couple of them up at various popular fishing spots.

MRSD looked for sponsors to put their company logo on these rulers to offset the cost of the rulers. MRSD sold a 4-color, 3 x 3 inch logo space on these rulers for $300. Please contact us if you would like to donate to our Derby. You can email us at MadRiverSteelheadDerby@gmail.com

A ruler that was created for a salmon derby. A new version will be created for the Steelhead Derby by Creative Composition in Chico, CA.

To download our donation letter with tax ID info., please click here.

Published by Mad River Steelhead Derby

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