Mad River - Arcata, CA

River Information

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Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Steelhead

Latest Photos

Ruben Rios Jr., of McKinleyville, landed an early-season winter steelhead while fishing the Mad River on Saturday. The coastal winter steelhead season should be in full swing following the latest round of storms. Photo courtesy of Sage Romberg.
Nine-year old Sean Jones of Santa Rosa landed this nice steelhead all by himself on a recent trip to the Mad River with his father Troy. This weekend should be ideal for winter steelhead anglers as most of the coastal rivers will be fishable. Photo courtesy of Troy Jones.
Chris Anderson of Laytonville landed this bright hatchery steelhead at daybreak last week on the Mad River while fishing with guide Damon Albright. Photo courtesy of Damon Albright.

Latest Fish Reports

Date Report Author
2-7-2019 Mad River Still Off Color
According to Justin Kelly of Eureka‚Äôs RMI Outdoors,... more »
Kenny Priest
1-31-2019 Mad River in Great Shape
The river is in great shape, and quite... more »
Kenny Priest
1-24-2019 Mad River Slowly Dropping
The Mad is currently high and off color,... more »
Kenny Priest
12-20-2018 Winter steelhead season set to take off
For North Coast river anglers, the past couple... more »
Kenny Priest
3-1-2018 Mad hopes for influx of fish
The Mad has been pretty quiet this week... more »
Kenny Priest

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