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2021 Derby Leaderboard

All fish measurements and submissions were subject to review. All winning fish entries were subject to a final review. Measurements were based on submitted photographic evidence and if the angler followed the Derby requirements and rules. Adult Division Leaders 2021 Winners are:$500: 1) 36 and 1/4 inches caught by Zach Hunter on 2/13/21$300 : 2)Continue reading “2021 Derby Leaderboard”

How to tell wild steelhead from hatchery steelhead

November 14, 2019 By JD Richey Hatchery Steelhead Hatchery steelhead will be missing their adipose fin, which is the small fleshy one on the back between the dorsal fin and tail. You’ll sometimes encounter a fish that’s a “tweener” — one that has a partial adipose fin. While this can occur in the wild (rare), it isContinue reading “How to tell wild steelhead from hatchery steelhead”

2020 Leaderboard

Sixty anglers signed up for the inaugural Mad River Steelhead Derby. The Derby ran from Jan. 1st to Feb. 29th during the winter steelhead run. Anglers either signed up online at NCGASA.org or they signed up in person at RMI Outdoors or Bucksport Sporting Goods in Eureka. The three largest measured hatchery steelhead won cashContinue reading “2020 Leaderboard”

Crazy about the Mad River

September 29, 2010/Game And Fishing MagazineBy J.D. Richey Northern California’s Mad River lives in obscurity. To the north is the famed Klamath River, known around the world for its epic steelheading. Immediately south is the Eel River, steeped in tradition and the birthplace of the state’s steelhead sportfishery. Zane Grey and Ernest Hemingway didn’t spendContinue reading “Crazy about the Mad River”


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