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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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”


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