Catch the three Biggest Steelhead Hatchery Fish!
Plus, Steelhead Fishing Photo Contest

Must be registered (sign up) for entry in the Steelhead Hatchery Fishing Contest.
Your $10.00 registration fee automatically enters you into both contests: 3 biggest hatchery
fish caught on the Mad and Trinity Rivers as well as the “steelhead fishing,” photo contest.
You can also register at RMI Outdoors in Eureka, Mad River Tackle in Arcata and at the Mad River Brewing Co. or click on downloadable form.
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* 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. Call the low flow hotline for river closures (707) 822-3164
* 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.

Contest Dates: January 19 to February 23, 2019

Open to all registered anglers and tackle types. Need not be present to win.

Three Biggest Hatchery (adipose fin absent) Fish Contest on both the Mad & Trinity rivers, plus a Steelhead Fishing photo contest.
*If you catch a wild fish, please keep their gills submerged if you’re taking a photo. #KeepEmWet. A wild fish will have a full adipose fin present — as big as an adult thumb, see below. 

Here’s what you do:

  1. Register or Sign Up 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). You can also sign up at our various events, visit our Events/Calendar tab. Or you can sign up in person at RMI Outdoors in Eureka, Mad River Tackle in Arcata or at Mad River Brewing Co in Blue Lake.
  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 in order to be eligible). Take a photo of the fish and tape to submit as an official entry into the 3 biggest fish contest. Submit your photo to the HSD Facebook page (Community or Visitor Posts) with the hashtag #humboldtsteelheaddays or #HSD6 or #hsddays and include your name, and photo details: the measurement, where and when the photo was taken. Or you can email them to humboldtsteelheaddays@gmail.com. The 3 biggest hatchery fish photographed with a measurement tape for entry and submission will win prized donated by the HSD sponsors and partners. There are some poorly clipped hatchery fish in the river system. Keep your fish wet until you can determine if the adipose fin has been altered in any way.
    2. a) Even if you don’t catch a steelhead, you can submit your “steelhead fishing” photo to HSD to be entered into the photo contest to win a prize. Two suggested categories: A) Any generic steelhead fishing photo (can be a native fish as long as it’s gills are submerged, no measurement required) and B) A photo of a kid fishing or a parent taking their kid(s) to go fishing
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  3. Be a good sport. Submit photos of your hatchery fish from the Mad & Trinity rivers, caught between January 19  – February 23, 2019 (2pm cut off) as well as your other fishing photos for entry into the photo contest during the same time period.  All photos will become the property of Humboldt Steelhead Days. Contact us for more info or to volunteer for the event, leave a message on the HSD Google Voice Mail # (707) 502-2280
  4. HSD will repost your photos on HSD social media pages and website. A leaderboard will be kept on HSD website and the HSD Facebook page under the Notes section. Winners will be announced at the End of the Run Party on Feb. 23 at Mad River Brewing Co. Winners will be contacted either by cell phone or by email prior to the event. Registered anglers need not be present to win, therefore if you live out of the area, you can still win!
  5. Every person who donated $10 to the HSD Year #6 contest will be eligible to win a prize. Everyone who signed up — their names will be thrown into a hat — and a name will be drawn after the contest has ended. That person will win a prize just for participating in the HSD contest.
  6. HSD organizers have the right to change or modify the contest rules at any time.

 

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A hatchery fish will have a adipose fin absent or it has been clipped or altered in some way.
A native or wild fish will have a completely intact adipose fin that should be the size of an adult thumb.
If you photograph a wild fish, please keep its gills wet or partially submerged and then release it.

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Click here for a video on Catch and Release techniques from Trout Unlimited.