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.

Follow the Mad River Steelhead Derby on Facebook or Instagram to see current river color photos.

Read more about the broodstock program on the Mad River, click here.

• Click Here for the CDFW Fishing Map
(Search for the town of Blue Lake, CA to see satellite view of the Mad River

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2023 Derby Entries

All fish measurements and submissions are subject to review. Measurements are based on submitted photographic or video evidence and if the angler followed the Derby Rules. Adult Division: Potential winning entries are subject to a final review by NCGASA reps. Payouts will be determined by NCGASA reps after the final reviews are done. View these…

Help us save our fisheries and hunting grounds

NCGASA’s Annual Fundraising Dinner & Auction was on Nov. 5, 2022 NCGASA.org gave away 100+ Guns, 75+ Guided Trips and 5+ Lifetime Fishing & Hunting Licenses and all kinds of other prizes and gear in order to raise money for the nonprofit organization that lobbies on outdoorsmen’s behalf. We fight year round for everyone’s hunting and fishing…

2022 Derby Leaderboard

All fish measurements and submissions are subject to review. Measurements are based on submitted photographic or video evidence and if the angler followed the Derby Rules. Adult Division: Potential winning entries are subject to a final review by NCGASA reps. Payouts will be determined by NCGASA reps after the final reviews are done.1) Jim Paul…

Products Featured

These products were generously donated to the Derby’s silent auction and anger prize pool. If you would like to donate to the Derby, contact us by email us at MadRiverSteelheadDerby(at)gmail.com. We also have weekly raffles/drawings where we giveaway a donated product/prize to our registered anglers so they may use that item during the Derby dates…

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