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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2022 Derby Leaderboard

All fish measurements and submissions are subject to review. Measurements are based on submitted photographic evidence and if the angler followed the Derby Rules. To submit your entry, visit the Rules page on this website for instructions. Please measure and photograph your entry at or on the Mad River watershed. We prefer to see photosContinue reading “2022 Derby Leaderboard”

2021-2022 Steelhead Winter Run Derby planning has begun!

For Derby #3 Rules: CLICK HEREFor Derby #3 Leaderboard: 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 DecemberContinue reading “2021-2022 Steelhead Winter Run Derby planning has begun!”

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