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Mad River Hatchery Steelhead Derby Dates: Jan. 15-Feb. 29

The annual NCGASA Mad River Hatchery Steelhead Derby will take place during the winter run in Humboldt County on the Mad River in the Arcata/Blue Lake area on Jan. 15 (6am)-Feb. 29 (6pm). 3 largest measured fish in both the Adult and Youth categories will win! Awards ceremony to be held at Mad River Brewing Co., Tasting Room in Blue Lake on Sunday, March 3 at 2pm.

Adult Category Payouts:
1st place: $500
2nd place: $300
3rd place: $150

Youth Category Payouts:
1st place: $150 Gift Card from RMI Outdoors + prizes from our sponsors
2nd place: $100 Gift Card from RMI Outdoors + prizes from our sponsors
3rd place: $50 Gift Card from RMI Outdoors  + prizes from our sponsors

The largest hatchery steelhead caught, measured on official NCGASA rulers and entered correctly by registered anglers according to the rules will be eligible to win cash and prizes.

All anglers who wish to participate must be signed up prior to the event start date of Jan. 15 at 6am. Anglers can sign up on this website when available. CLICK HERE

Your NCGASA yearly membership fee will be built into the Derby registration process as this event is for NCGASA members. Adults fees are $40 and Youth under 16 are $25. Each angler who registered — your name will be entered to win a Friday Raffle we publish on our social media accounts. Friday raffles include prizes donated from our sponsors and partners.

New this year!
Winner Take All Raffle Prize | $50 Raffle Tickets
Purchase a $50 raffle ticket to WIN a Guided River Trip for 2 with Jack Beer Guide Service. Plus, ALL the prizes stuffed into a Mustad Addicted Fishing Chrome Hunter Tackle Backpack – Red, 40L such as: Mustad Addicted Winter Chrome Kit with braid, fluorocarbon, worm jigs, ball jigs, sink-it series jigs, fixed floats, plus a LURED Chrome hard and soft bead pack (100+ pcs), P-Line Fishing Floroclear and Striper Worm TailsKershaw filet knifePucci Red Plastic beadsAcme Tackle spoonsWestern Fishing Operations worms, beads and ThermosBnR Beads and Tackle, Mad River Mfg worms and beadsKeep Em Dry Fishing jigsJann’s Netcraft Spinner BladesSeachoice Tow RopesPlano Organizer Boxes, and more items will continue to be added! Winner Take All Raffle prize is currently valued at more than $850. (Anyone can be entered to win)

Win a Guided Fishing Trip | $20 Raffle Tickets
Win an Eel River trip for 2 with Fishing the North Coast | Kenny Priest or a Humboldt Bay Halibut trip for 1 with Redwood Coast Fishing | Mike Stratman or win a half day Ocean Trip for 1 on the F/V Wind Rose Charters out of Trinidad, CA with Captain Curtis Wilson or win a 2-night stay in a Country 3bdr/2b home and AirBnB just minutes away from the Mad River. (Anyone can be entered to win)

If you would like to sponsor this Derby and get your logo on our poster and on all our marketing collateral, please contact us at to inquire.

Cash Sponsor Levels: Mail checks to PO Box 111, Sutter, CA 95982, include Mad River Steelhead Derby in the notes.
$500 for Chromers – logo on all our marketing collateral (poster / flyer, website, social media, raffles, YouTube shorts, signage at events, etc)
$250 for Trouters – logo on our poster / flyer and website
$100 for Half Pounders – company mentioned in our weekly raffles and on the website

Click Here to see some of our sponsors.

Please visit Mad River Steelhead Derby’s website for more details from previous years.

Part of the proceeds from this event go toward helping the Mad River Steelhead Stewards Volunteer Angler Group who contract with CDFW and the Mad River Hatchery to help them with their steelhead broodstock program for the Mad River. 

If you’d like to donate fishing product to the Derby please contact us at


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