Mad River - Arcata, CA

River Information

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.
12-20-2018
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.
2-1-2018
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.
1-25-2018

Latest Fish Reports

Date Report Author
3-28-2019 Likely Done For The Season
The Mad is also likely done for the... more »
Kenny Priest
3-20-2019 Liners Doing Well
The Mad is still a little high and... more »
Kenny Priest
3-13-2019 A Few Bright Fish Were Caught at the Hatchery
The Mad remains high and off color, and... more »
Kenny Priest
3-6-2019 Mad River Fishing Report
The Mad was still on a slight rise... more »
Kenny Priest
2-21-2019 Mad River High and Muddy
The river is still high and muddy, but... more »
Kenny Priest

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