Catch the three Biggest Hatchery Fish on two Rivers!

Must be registered (sign up) for entry in the Steelhead Hatchery Fishing Contest.
Your $10.00 registration fee automatically enters you into the contest on the Mad & Trinity Rivers.
You can also register at RMI Outdoors in Eureka, Mad River Tackle in Arcata and at the Mad River Brewing Co. in January of 2019. Check out the fishing contest leaderboard on our Facebook page or Instagram. We will post updates as we go.
* Retractable measuring tapes are available at the CA Dept. Fish & Wildlife Office in Old Town Eureka on 619 Second Street. Call (707) 445-6493. They are open from 8am to 5pm, closed for lunch.
* Please grab a copy of the CA Sportfishing Regulations book and make sure you read the regs for each river before fishing. Also, read the CA supplement regs book which is effective from March 1, 2018 to Feb 28, 2019, click here.
*If you catch a wild fish (not eligible for the contest, but we are happy to post your photos), please keep their gills submerged if you’re taking a photo. A wild fish will have a full adipose fin present. 

Contest Dates: January 19 to February 23, 2019

Open to all registered anglers and tackle types.

Three Biggest Hatchery (adipose fin absent) Fish Contest on both the Mad & Trinity rivers.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Register by submitting a $10 fee/donation under the Sign Up tab on this website or register by mail by downloading the (Click Here) online form. Enclose your $10 check and make it out to Mad River Alliance (non-profit founder of the event).
  2. Catch a hatchery steelhead. Lay a measurement device along your fish nose to tail (we need to see a photo of your fish with the tape along the whole body, from head to tail). Take a photo of the fish and tape. Submit your photo to the HSD Facebook page with the hashtag #humboldtsteelheaddays or #HSD and include your name, and photo details: the measurement, where and when the photo was taken. Or you can email them to 
  3. Be a good sport. Submit photos of hatchery fish from the Mad & Trinity rivers only, caught between January  – February, 2019.  All photos will become the property of Humboldt Steelhead Days. Contact us for more info or to volunteer for the event: Google Voice Mail # (707) 502-2280

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Photo caption: A hatchery fish adipose fin is absent or has been clipped.