Mad River

Fred Contaoi from Douglas Rods lands a Mad River Steelhead
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When does the Mad River fish

The Mad will start to fish at 8 feet or approximately 1,500 cfs near Arcata. 7.5 to 7 feet is ideal for bait. The Mad is subject to low flow closures at 200 cfs. Call CA Dept. Fish & Wildlife hotline: (707) 822-3164 for when the river is open or closed. CDFW will update this voice mail three times a week.

The Mad River is the most accessible for bank fishermen/women from Blue Lake to Arcata, CA. The river has many access spots or holes and is perfect for all skill levels. See the maps below for river access for bank fishermen. Visit Fishing the North Coast for weekly fishing & river reports.

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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”


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