Mad River Fishing Reports


Post Fishing Report




02/03/13
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Overcast 
Comments:
  Fishing has been slow this year. I don’t know (probably don’t want to) what the Once Great State of California does with all of its tax money, but these liberal politicians need to be eradicated from our government. The fish hatchery is only using 2 of its 10 fish runs. Two runs of Steelhead and Zero Salmon. Hell, we can’t even keep a Salmon on the Mad River anymore. Looks like the same is coming for Steelhead in the near future! Vote for Conservatives in government!
Posted by:Ted Smith redwoodbarrel@yahoo.com


01/08/13
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Overcast 
Comments:
  Jan-8-2013 Last Friday and Saturday was the best so far this year. Now, it is slow but steady if you put in the hours. I spent 7 hours last Sunday, and saw several caught, but never hooked up. Today, Tuesday, I was on the river for 2 1/2 hrs, landed about a 6 lb hatchery buck, and went home.
Posted by:Ted Smith redwoodbarrel@yahoo.com


12/12/10
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Mostly Cloudy 
Comments:
  Mad river flow is up few fish in the river the salmon have been getting hit hard for the past month. Id say its about time to get out.
Posted by:Patrick C


12/12/10
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  Fished last Tuesday up in the rainforest with the Indians.Caught 7 steelhead up to 18 lbs.Released 6 fish.13 total for the day.Blow out with rain the next day and drove home.
Posted by:frederick bykonen FREDERICKBKONEN@YAHOO.COM


11/15/10
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Beautiful Weather Yesterday (Sunday Nov. 14) and a few fishermen. Started by the Bridge in the morning didn't see anything rolling or hooked. Fished Summer Bridge later that morning hooked one adult fish but didn't get to see what it was then hooked and landed a 9.5 beautiful Hatchery Hen Steelhead. Had one other bite a 2 lb chrome stellie jump 2-3 times before spitting the hook. Gonna wait till a few more storms bring in more fish. Happy fishing!@
Posted by:D.Manfishkiller


10/08/10
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Golden trout are not found in anadromous waters like the Mad River. They are found in high mountain stream of the Sierra Nevada. So I'm pretty sure those weren't golden trout(O. aquabonita)that you were catching. They were probably resident rainbow trout or Steelhead trout smolts. Keep Fishing!
Posted by:Harry Bush


09/27/10
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Mostly Cloudy 
Comments:
  I later found out the river was closed due to low flow rates, but I caught 2 dozen golden and rainbow trout from 4" to 13". Awesome place for being so close to Arcata. Hit this place shortly after a rain and you can fish on!!!
Posted by:Russell Ault aulternator@live.com


07/20/10
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Confirmed!! This site is wack......
Posted by:steven zak stevenzaske@yahoo,com


01/26/10
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  What's the word on steelhead fishing on the mad ! I'm going up on 2/4/10 and I want to hear if it is worth the trip. It should be nice after all the rain we got. So if you have any info it would be great to hear back from any steelhead crazy fisherman like me. Thanks the RUDEDUDE
Posted by:Rudy meza reliablequality4yourhome@yahoo.com


01/13/10
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  i fished the eel last friday with a friend out of a drift boat and we hit 12 landed 7.sat and sunday we were on the mad.the bitr was slower on sat but we got some nice fish,one around 12 another about 12 to13 .both fresh.sunday the bitr was a little hotter but only until 830 the water was a little clearer they were hammering the bait hard .i hooked into 3 in an hour landed one.seemed like the all wanted to swim right at you,everyone that hooked around me had same problem......fish on
Posted by:scott gantt rpnlps1@sbcglobal.net


01/11/10
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Mix of Fresh and not so fresh steelies. A lot of anglers right at the hatchery in the morning and disperse after "the bite" is off. Did see a number of fish take roe throughout the day felt lucky to hook a few and land one hatchery 9lb hen
Posted by:hook em'


01/09/10
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  Landed 3 hatchery bucks today and lost 3 fish shortly after hooking. Fishing was definitely slower today and I will not be returning to the river until we get a little more rain. 2 of the fish were on the darker side and one was very fresh. All were big fish, 10+, the largest was 14.5lbs. The only fish I saw were the ones i caught. A lot of people on the river...Good luck!I think fresh ghost shrimp made all the difference.
Posted by:Ross $ rdllrhd@gmail.com


01/08/10
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  Believe what you want, there are a few steelies in there. Not many fresh ones. Be willing to move around on the river and stick to it. 1 for 3 for the past 3 days. Please handle the native fish with care upon landing and if you are not sure if its native or a hatchery fish release it!
Posted by:JDG


01/07/10
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Overcast 
Comments:
  I fished the 6th and and part of the 7th.....no fish caught or hits..... talked to several fishing and no fish.... saw none caught....not mant at the hatchery...... maybe one should not beleave all that is written here...
Posted by: RB


01/07/10
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  awsome day 12 fish cought.
Posted by:


01/05/10
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Overcast 
Comments:
  few fish landed...its only gonna get better.
Posted by:


01/03/10
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  The fishing was as good as it gets
Posted by:paul king chevslinger@yahoo.com


01/03/10
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Does anyone think the mad will be fishable buy Thursday?
Posted by:john smith


01/02/10
Mad River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  Fished on the 30th for two fish hooked two fish lost(both spit hook), fish were not holding in their normal spots and the water was cold as hell almost upper trinity temps. Both hooked on the pink worm.
Posted by:


12/28/09
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Does anyone know if the mad is fishable yet?
Posted by:john smith smith@comcat.net


12/25/09
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Two of us fished pretty heavy all day we landed 4 nice steelhead with a couple other hookups.The 4 fish we did catch were nice and chrome need more rain to get the fish up and moving.
Posted by:justin miner reust1313@yahoo.com


12/24/09
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  the ladder's on at the hatchery, holding about 20 steelies . No real concentrations of fish yet... Hooked into a nice buck that came unbuttoned...
Posted by:JDG


12/23/09
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Is it time to fish the Mad yet? does anyone know if their are a good number of fish inthe system?
Posted by:larry roland rolandlaw@comcast.net


09/21/09
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I just spent the weekend in Humboldt and along the Eel. I used to live there, and was quite surprised by the algae growth. Can anyone point me to information on the water quality issues facing this river? thanks!
Posted by: gechadwick@msn.com


05/05/09
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  The eel river near lake pillsbury is closed to fishing yearround. Don't get caught wetting a line up there!!!
Posted by:Fishhead


04/27/09
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Looking for suggestions. I am from Southern California. Used to fish a LOT in Sierras and a bit in N. California. Looking to fly fish and do some surf fishing in July 09. No interest in keeping fish and don't care about size too much...I tried the Smith 3 years ago in Oct. for a bunch of super dink trout...I mean I would like to get into the 10-14 in. range if possible...not 3-5". Got some small red spot perch out of the surf...I use light gear and artificals and release everything. Any pointers for the area from say the Eel to the Oregon boarder? Both river fly and salt surf fishing Thanks Howie
Posted by:Howie Chudler chudler@roadrunner.com


04/27/09
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Looking for suggestions. I am from Southern California. Used to fish a LOT in Sierras and a bit in N. California. Looking to fly fish and do some surf fishing in July 09. No interest in keeping fish and don't care about size too much...I tried the Smith 3 years ago in Oct. for a bunch of super dink trout...I mean I would like to get into the 10-14 in. range if possible...not 3-5". Got some small red spot perch out of the surf...I use light gear and artificals and release everything. Any pointers for the area from say the Eel to the Oregon boarder? Both river fly and salt surf fishing Thanks Howie
Posted by:Howie Chudler chudler@roadrunner.com


03/31/09
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Post has nothing to do with fishing but looking for a Mad river guide names Bryce Blair Anyone know him ? Thanks
Posted by:Brandon ober Brandon_o4@yahoo.com


02/25/09
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Does anyone post actual fishing reports on this site anymore?? I realize that most rivers are blown out right now but PLEASE!!
Posted by:Todd DiCello dicellotodd@yahoo.com


02/23/09
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  For what is worth, in accordance with the 2008-2009 Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations, it is not necessary to have a Steelhead reporting card...if you are not "fishing for or taking Steelhead". Unfortunately, you would have a hard time telling that to a Game Warden if you were fishing with a hunk of roe or other method with the intent of catching Steelhead! Also, you do not need a Steelhead reporting card, during the Trout opening season when fishing in anadromous water for Trout. When in doubt...buy the reporting card. If you have further doubt...call the DFG Headquarters @ 916-653-7664 (they wont know!). The DFG has been challeged with their nebulas language and have lost. So, they will be covering their ass for more money by requireing a Steelhead report card while fishing in all anadromous waters in the state. That will happen in 2009-2010 regs.
Posted by:bob P11


01/31/09
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  Fished the hatcherie yesterday a couple caught 1 to 2 pounders waters to low for the big ones
Posted by:JR ROBY jroby707@yahoo.com


01/29/09
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  When the Hatchery was closed about 3 or 4 years ago, no hatchery fish were taken at the Hatchery. The few fish that are now taken are probably 2,4, or 5 year olds. When the Hatchery opened (can't remember the exact year), those released fish are considered 3 year olds. My best guess is that late 2009 and early 2010...the 3 year old fish will return. Wild Steelhead quickly move upstream as soon as the river has enough flow. They can make the trip from the Ocean and past the Hatchery in one day! All of them usually spawn in March in the numerous creeks (all closed) that feed the Mad. Catching a wild Steelhead before March is by chance.
Posted by:bob bob p 11


01/29/09
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  So....It looks like really no hatchery run this year. I've seen many of the wild fish hooked or snagged released....which is great. Take some pictures, you will never see so few anglers on the mad in late January as you see now! Despite lack of fish, it has been beautiful on the river!
Posted by:Steve Wartburg


01/27/09
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  The Mad is a tough gig this season. Only a few fish landed above and below the Hatchery. Me and by buddies fish all day for 2-3 bites and only land 1-2. Reports from other anglers are the same. January is typically the month for hatchery returns but there will still be some wild fish to catch and release. Good Luck!
Posted by:Big Don


01/24/09
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Overcast 
Comments:
  Well ive fished the river the last couple of mornings hooked up with one yesterday morning but broke off at the shore. Seen a few natives caught pretty slow. Fly fishin seem to be getting alot of action, the river level is low we need some rain and more fish.
Posted by:JR Roby jroby707@yahoo.com


01/23/09
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  There is good news for the Hatchery. They have already met their minimum quota of 150,000 Steelhead eggs. The are still artificially spawning returned Steelhead and they will continue that for the next few weeks. I believe that their maximum capacity is about 250,000 eggs. That sounds good, but it would only be about 60 egg bearing Steelhead from the start of the spawning period in late December to about mid January. When that quota is reached the gates are closed. So my best guess is late January and February there could be many Hatchery fish for the taking.
Posted by:bob bob p 11


01/22/09
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Where are the steelhead? Fished yesterday and today (Jan 21 and 22) nothing. The water looks OK. Someone at the Hatchery mentioned that there was only 3 steelhead. This time of the year the River should have many. Maybe more, and lots of rain may help...please keep this site posted if fishing becomes good.
Posted by:bob bob p 11


01/22/09
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Mostly Cloudy 
Comments:
  Ok, I want to stay positive about this years hatchery run of steelhead on the Mad, but......did we lose an age class of hatchery fish or what? In 7 straight afternoons on the Mad, I've seen not more than a dozen fish hooked. Most have been wild fish and just a few of hatchery origin. The pressure between the estuary and hatchery has been light the last couple of days, Most runs on north coast rivers have been off this last year....Klamath shad run was over 3 week late! Maybe the steelies are going to burst into the system soon! Let's hope.
Posted by:Steve Wartburg rapidrdr@suddenlink.net


01/21/09
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Wow, talk about slow! Let's see, Monday morning 30+ guys at old Summer Bridge, 1 dark fish landed. Monday afternoon/late much better. I hooked 3 fish,landed 1, and guys below me hooked 8 or 9. Tuesday afternoon, 3 guys on Summer Bridge area, no fished hooked. Hatchery has very very few fish. I hope a run is coming, but really, it's getting kind of late....but maybe.
Posted by:Steve Wartburg rapidrdr@suddenlink.net


01/14/09
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  The river could'nt be any better right now with the color and level. Fishing is a little slower then past years but you can't beat the weather. Saw a pretty nice fish caught yesterday heard of a few others being caught. A few right below the walk way other down and up river. Its seems alot fisherman and not that many fish though. Which is good and bad, good because you'll know where the fish are, bad cause not that many landed. "GOOD LUCK EVERYONE".
Posted by:JR ROBY Jroby707@yahoo.com


01/14/09
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  River flow and color was nice and we caught one at daybreak before it was even light enough to take a picture. Unfortunately we saw more fishermen than fish caught. We heard a few hoots and hollers downstream of the hatchery and stories of multipule fish landed the day before but it was pretty slow for us after that first fish. Hopefully it will improve in the next few days leading into the weekend. The Eel is way too clear to have much success. Waiting on more rain and less preassure before it will be fishing well again.
Posted by:Steelie Buster mabholdem@hotmail.com


01/14/09
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Fihed the mad for a couple of days,saw some fish caught,slowest its been for twenty years
Posted by:mike kelly kelly106@comcast.net


01/13/09
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  One of my buddies this weekend was fishing below the hactherie and hooked up with a decent steel head was thinkin about heading up there some time this week or weekend any other word on any fish being caught.
Posted by:JR Roby jroby707@yahoo.com


01/10/09
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  I just fished this past week on the MAD. The river was high and muddy. There were not any fish. I hooked 3 fish total in 5 days of all day fishing. There wasn't anyone fishing either. While on the river for 5 days I saw 7 fish caught. The hatchery has been getting a few fish coming in every day. Not like the numbers from long ago. Where are the fish?
Posted by:Jim Kelly jndkelly98@yahoo.com


01/05/09
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  It might be best to wait until the river level drops. Visit: ca river levels. There are Steelhead in the Mad...but long leaders are the only way to catch them. Consider fishing the upper parts of the Trinity River. Lots of Steelhead, they are late, but it is better than last year! My best guess is that January 22 and later will be the best time to go to the Mad.
Posted by:bob P11


01/05/09
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Hey everyone, i know its getting close to that time to start catching steel head at the Mad, but i was wondering what the best method is to use to catch them with is?
Posted by:Gabriel Leon djnvfriendly1@hotmail.com


01/04/09
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I am driving up to the area and I'm looking forward to fishing on the Mad on or about the 10th or 11th or so. Anyone have a prognosis as to conditions? Appreciate an update on the conditions or changing conditions from those most experienced. Thoroughly enjoyed fishing on the Mad last year and meeting a number of fine folks.
Posted by:Steve Cousins mattole2@aol.com


12/26/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  if you think this page is for fishing reports you are mistaken it is for complaining so get it straight call the eureka fly shop if you can not figure it out yourself.
Posted by:


12/24/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I am on here trying to give and get information about river conditions and fishing reports to assist eachother in our quest of cathing more steelhead. Are there any actual fishing reports or river conditions posted? It seems that all I see is fly fisherman and bait fisherman having a pissing match. I could care less about your technique of catching fish and we all know about long lining and snagging. I just want to fish and have the most up to date and accurate fishing conditions to help me. Is that to much to ask? Lets all try and remember what it is we love to do and get out there and do it.
Posted by:Todd DiCello dicellotodd@yahoo.com


12/23/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  just because you see a flycaster using a shooting head it does not mean they are lining fish. I use a shooting head whenever I feel the need to get down to the fish more so they can see the fly. The fly gets to the fish first not the line and it is swung in front of the fish to piss them off they can strike or move out of the way if they want. To those of you who think you are fooling fish by lining them remember this the only one you are fooling is yourself. Anyone can snag a fish. I have been swinging flies for steelhead for 15 years every fish I have been fortunate enough to catch has been hooked properley because they are players and struck the fly.I have indicator fished for them a few times and found that you end up snagging more fish than you hook.
Posted by:


12/21/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  The Mad River is blown out right now -- high and muddy. I did see 6 spin fishermen in the parking lot. They fished for a couple of hours at the hatchery concrete access, but didn't hook anything. The hatchery appears to be shut down -- the raceways are empty -- there is no water in the processing raceways and the weir is dry. There is limited access for walking through the raceways -- blocked off and posted that nobody from the river is allowed access because of the danger of new zeland snails. In the past, the weir was nice to check if a slug of fish had come through. Guess the Mad is going to act like a "real river" this year--no hints from the weir. Tight lines all, once the rivers clear.
Posted by:Shane sf@pvnrt.com


12/18/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  The Mad River has been open since Sunday. I'm going out this weekend and will post something. It is early but there could be a slug of fish that were waiting for the first flows. As for long-lining: I was introduced to steelhead fishing on the Mad 20 years ago. The standard setup at the time was high-speed, hi-density shooting lines, with about a 6 foot leader of 8 - 12 pound Maxima. The hi-d line swings along the bottom and, I've been told, enters the mouth of the fish sitting on the bottom (when they open and close their mouths). The belly of the line moves downstream pulling the leader and fly through the mouth of the fish, snagging the fish in the mouth. One year there were a lot of fish and fishermen around the hatchery, with water visibility of about 2 feet. Some people were stating "that the fish have to be taking the fly". One of the local fly shop owners then put on a bare hook and caught 2 bright steelhead. The Mad River is a "put and take" fishery with some great fly fishing above the hatchery for natives. Last time I went out, there was a line of 30 spin casters filling up the slots where one could fly fish (by the hatchery). The experience is softened knowing that on a good day you can turn over several fish in a few hours. I was introduced to dry fly line, bobber, and fly, two years ago, and try to do that whenever possible. BUT, if there is a string of fly fishers, swinging shooting heads, and catching fish that came out of the hatchery, it is hard not to get into line (and the floating line with split shot will just hurt people when shoulder to shoulder. Don't fault the fly guys though -- many of the spin guys do their own version of this. Well, this is my first post to this forum and hopefully not too many flames will be sent my way. If I get out this weekend I promise to report what I see.
Posted by:Shane11 Feusier sf@pvnrt.com


12/11/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Hey Rude, go to this site to read an article out of the times-standard.com Kinda fills you in a bit on the local rivers. http://www.times-standard.com/ci_11193751 Another site is: http://www.times-standard.com/ci_11193751 by E. B. Duggan. He is pretty up-to-date. Another source is the Eureka Fly Shop. I don't have the phone number handy but they have a local river fishing report on the phone. theflyshop.com out of Redding has a good stream report if you are interested in the Trinity and Klamath and others in that general area. This rain that we are expecting is getting me all excited. I enjoy fishing but I like catching too. Good luck.
Posted by:Steve Cousins mattole2@aol.com


12/08/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Wanted to get up to date info on fishing the Mad river. I have not fished it since the hatchery opened back up.I do know we need rain for all rivers but I want to see if any ones catching fish. Or are the low flow closers in effect.Are there any salmon coming up on the mad this year.Thanks for any and all info and tight lines to all. Merry fishmas The Rude Dude
Posted by:Rude Dude


11/21/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  What is this "long lining" you are all talking about? Do you mean a long leader with a fly on the end that hooks the fish somewhere other than the mouth? Or are you talking about traditional steelhead fly fishing, casting across /down stream and drifting (skating) across the top of the water (or a foot or so below)? If the fish strikes the fly with its mouth are you calling that snagging? I am not familiar with this long lining term?
Posted by:JOsh jjburke21@sbcglobal.net


10/31/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Ted: I do understand your dissapointment that only a very few people post fishing reports. I go to the Klammath, Trinity, and Mad Rivers often...and I come from Sacramento. I think that the problem is that the locals do not want others to know that fishing is red hot...or that they do not have a PC to make a report. The best time to fish the Mad is January and Februrary. December is probably OK depending on water flow. But, use a long line. That is the best way to hook (snag) Steelhead. The Trinity River from Junction City to Lewiston is good now and will be good for a few months. Flys or bait works well. The upper Klammath is good. I went last week (about 10 miles west of Hwy 5) and caught 15 Steelhead in the riffles with a small Kastmaster. All but one were released. I concede that I am not "Bright"! Only a fool would fish in the rain or when ice crystals clogg the eyes of my rod..and spend 3 or 4 days and about $400 with the hope of catching a Steelhead. But, I'll never learn...I have been doing that for over 50 years. Have a nice day. Bob.
Posted by:bob P11


10/31/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  To Ted Nugget: Get a life! Better yet...stay off this report page with your comments. Your language needs serious help. The reason that there are no recent reports...is because of low water.
Posted by:bob P11


10/19/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I meant no disrespect for those that fly fish. I fly fish on the Klammath for half pounders in the warm times of the year. But for the Mad...in late December through January...I do not use a fly rod. And I have never seen a fly fisherman use a floating line or in a floating tube. All of them use a sinking lines. The Mad is much different than the Trinity River. Fly fisherman do very well in the Trinity....I guess the reason is that the Trinity water is usually clear...not so for the Mad. Have a nice day...and start fishing the Mad in late December!
Posted by:bob P11


10/18/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I disagree Bob, though most of the time I am a fly fisher, I do occasionally fish with conventional gear on the mad. I Use a 24 inch leader under the mad with roe and catch several fish each year so I’m not sure why your convinced long lining is the only way to go. And as for calling fly fishermen snaggers, well that’s a bunch of BS. I fly fish the mad via floating an indicator (basically a bobber) and the line is perpendicular to the surface water, not strung out across the river like a long line. Therefore my line is not snagging fish.
Posted by:Polar Shrimp


10/18/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Also you can take note that 90% of fly fishermen are using floating fly lines, therefore the line is on the surface, not down in the water column where the fish are.
Posted by:Polar Shrimp


10/05/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Dammm I missed out :(
Posted by:


10/05/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  hooked six by the mouth today on the long line, pretty much incredible right now, none hooked fairly..had to keep two...tasty little buggers. Hitten hard this weekend hopefully can get some more, 9 ft. leader with with yarn
Posted by:Cledus Buckwalter


10/01/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Saw a bunch of snagging crap holes out on the mad the past week before it closed. Learn how to fish slime bags!!
Posted by:Polar Shrimp


09/22/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  nothing finer than a long liner.......woo hoo
Posted by:ise busy


08/23/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  My brother posted the post below this. We would really like to know about the trout fishing on the river. Where is the best stretch of the river (camping) and is bait still allowed? Thanks for any info you can provide. I am coming from Oregon and I would like the info prior to driving the distance next Thursday.
Posted by:Jim Mabbott jmabbott3@comcast.net


08/07/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I am headed for the Mad River up by Ruth around Labor Day. Can anyone tell me how the River is right now and what fishing has been like this summer? I used to go there as a kid 30 years ago and have not been back.
Posted by:Fred M fmabbott@sbcglobal.net


07/03/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Enjoy the thrill of going, Light for the Big Bite! We have mastered the techniques that must be utilized for catching extremely large Salmon, Steelhead, Trout and Shad on very light tackle. Either fishing out of the 2006 custom built jet powered FishRite, or the smooth and quiet drift boats, we will provide you with exciting fishing and a truly enjoyable time. As veteran and award winning outdoor writer Peter Ottesen wrote about Captain Dave Mierkey. "The tackle looked more appropriate for hooking steelhead than very large salmon filled with gusto. Once you hook a salmon, that's when the test of skill begins." http://www.riptheirlipsoff.com/logo-final.gif 1-888-924-5477
Posted by:


06/30/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Your site is very useful.
Posted by:Pat Williams cma.Williams0544@damailbox.com


05/25/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Hi, I would just like to know how fly fishing is on the Mad River. I was thinking someplace off of North Bank Road down as far as the 101 Bridge. Anybody know of any other good spots? Any help will be appreciated. Don
Posted by:Don McKenzie mckenzie99@earthlink.net


05/24/08
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Mostly Cloudy 
Comments:
  snagging fish does not scrap up the fish as bad as the sea lions do, besides i do not no how many fish you all have snagged? but let me tell you this...it takes talent to snag into a fish, not anyone can do this, I will tell you what is killing fishing....its other fisherman telling other fisherman how they should fish!! mind ya own damn buisness and keep ya mouths closed out there!
Posted by:


03/31/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Even once the Mad reopens all there are is a bunch of baby fish. I was actually fishing a stream that is a tributary to the Mad, it probably isn't legal to fish I have no idea, my friend just took me, and we both caught little browns. It blew my mind. Toss a little gold spinner in may through summer, whenever the river is actually open, on ultra-light tackle (I personally like ugly stiks) and you can catch 10+ little 6 inch trout. Also near sundown the bigger 10-12 incher start feeding, but you seem to have to match the hatch a little to hook into them. Be safe and tight lines.
Posted by:z hendo


03/31/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Chris, As I read my regulations book I see that the fishing on the Mad River ends on March 31, that's today. It doesn't start up again until the fourth Saturday in May, and then there are various stipulations. My regulations book was good only through February 28, 2008, even though we had 29 days in February. You might check the Eureka Fly Shop, 707-444-2000 for information. I believe the Trinity and Klamath are still open for Steelhead.
Posted by:Steve Cousins mattole2@aol.com


03/28/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I am heading that way in early april and have not cought many steelhead. I was wondering if someone could give me some pointers on where to go on the mad and what to use. I usually fish spinners and bait. Thanks to all and good luck fishing, Chris
Posted by:Chris Mitchell mitchellman024@yahoo.com


03/21/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  FISH ON
Posted by:


03/21/08
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I used to fly fish on the Mad in the high water and catch alot of fish. Fly fishing and long leaders is the same type of fishing believe it or not. because I know they cant see that fly in muddy water but you still catch fish on that fly because all your doing is long lineing them the same way your catching them on your baitcaster.Fisherman back in the mid 80's got the hang of the long leaders on the Mad because there use to be alot of fish caught in the muddy water by the fly fisherman so everybody startred useing the long leaders and haveing as much luck as the fly fisherman so if they ever outlaw long leaders get a flyrod and you can do the same thing
Posted by:DOC


03/19/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Dont nobody worry about snagging fish, in about ten years there wont be any fish to snag.
Posted by:


03/17/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Overcast 
Comments:
  I was at the Mad Sat. and Sun., I won't say I was fishing because I will not consider what everyone was doing fishing. I have not fished steelhead a whole lot, mainly w/ guides up north. I wanted to see what this Mad river long lining, flossing, fly fishing or what it really is, "SNAGGING" was all about. After a day and a half I had enough. The older guys try to act like they are fishing, with short, small jerks of the pole, but the younger generation w/ no license, no report card, have taken this to a new level of small numerous casts w/ monster hook sets w/ any twitch in the line, every time, right in front of God and everybody. I saw fish snagged with eyeballs gone, huge gashes in there bodies from previous snaggers. Come on, is this the way it is going to be? It is no womder that our fishing industry is such a mess. What ever happened to the Dept. of Fish and Game? Does anybody care? What ever happened to the rule of releasing foul hooked fish? Help us all.
Posted by:BAH


03/17/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  hook them in the ass and kill them all those are the fish we paid for going to the mad is not a wilderness experience it is a meat run realize it deal with it or shut up and stay with your wife
Posted by:


03/11/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Overcast 
Comments:
  I could see about 3 feet deep in the water. Easy to hike across below hatchery. Used a spin and glow, pink with about three feet of leader to the weight. Caught only one small one. Didn't see any being caught. Saw several along the bank by the second path below hatchery. Good luck
Posted by:Steve Cousins mattole2@aol.com


03/03/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  I fished the 29th to the 2nd The river is not bait water yet.I hooked 14 fish landed 9 running a 7ft leader 1 pink corkie and 1 pink bead.I was tucked up in the trees below 2nd road down to the cross walk casting 50ft out or less good luck
Posted by:jeff peters


03/02/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  can anyone give me a mad river report? is it bait fishable yet or are people lining the fish. Also what the color of the river is. Thanks
Posted by:bumproe rolandlaw@comcast.net


02/27/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: Overcast 
Comments:
  when the Mad is flowing >2000 csf(4000 plus now) fishing is tough.I usually reccomend fishing <2000 if your looking for productivity.At this level visibility is decent for those who are looking to angle for fish rather than take fish. Coho Malone
Posted by:


02/26/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Can anyone tell me if the Mad river is fishable yet? I heard they were still lining fish. When does the season wind down? Thanks
Posted by:larry roland rolandlaw@comcast.net


02/26/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  You can line whenever. It is almost fishable for bait. Its waaaay far from lure fishing clarity. Or at least thats what I would speculate, I haven't seen it since sunday I think. Be safe and tight lines
Posted by:z hendo


02/25/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  Good morning. I enjoyed my visit last week on the Mad River. I tried a bit of bright colored flies to no avail. After watching a guy catch 3 steelhead in about a half hour at a spot I had just fished I decided to come back the next day and use his method. Two corkies, red hook and a fairly small sinker about 6 feet up the line. Didn't do me any good. But I do feel more comfortable fishing that part of the river and met some nice folks. It looks like the rain probably mucked the river up a bit but the weather is looking pretty good for the extended forecast. My question is, how long does it take for the Mad to clear, assuming no rain after Wednesday? I'd like to take another shot at it before the season ends.
Posted by:Steve Cousins mattole2@aol.com


02/25/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  It looks to me like it'll be fishable with bait by early next week, should be perfect by that weekend. I'm hoping to hit it then. Of course this is all assuming we get like <1/16" of rain in the next week or two because for the next few days it'll be fairly suseptable to some rapid rises from rain, especially if the snow from this weekend starts to melt and drain into the river. You just gotta pray for cold and no precip. Be safe and tight lines.
Posted by:Z Hendo


02/22/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I lived in Humboldt County and learned to stealhead fish on the Mad River. At times when the water was high and muddy, we used to fly fish with weighted lines and catch fish. There is no doubt this is just like the long lining technique used today. Swinging flies is similar to long lining as you use a sinking line and it swings across the bottom. Indicator fly fishing is a little different as the line is not swinging across the bottom at least most of the time. A few weeks ago when I hooked seven fish in water that was not ideal as there was only a few feet of visibility. I was indicator fly fishing and I did get a couple of true takes during my drift. I also had a couple of hookups at the end when the line was swinging. I do mostly agree with Doc but feel indicator fly fishing is not exactly long lining. Let's have fun and keep catching those beautiful steelies.
Posted by:Iron Head


02/22/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  thankyou
Posted by:


02/22/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  thankyou
Posted by:


02/21/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Very well said Doc! As long as people follow the letter of the law, go barbless and above all, release natives WHO CARES!... Let them fish, we are all in this thing together! The snobbery attitude hurts everyone. Like bowhunters attacking rifle hunters because the gun hunters are more successful with less skill. Get over it.
Posted by:T Bones hookinupfat@aol.com


02/21/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  So lets everyone get along and have some fun fishing
Posted by:Doc Johnson


02/20/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  The Mad will not change much due to rain as long as the river stays close to the same level.The best way to find out is to go to USGS Real time water data for California.I personally find that the fishing is better when the river is dropping or stable instead of on the rise Good luck.
Posted by:jeff peters whatsbiten@yahoo.comThe Mad


02/20/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Mostly Cloudy 
Comments:
  I fished the Mad a few weeks ago for the first time in years. Did pretty well fly fishing for the first time on the river going two for seven. Both landed were fresh chromies. I don't have any problem with any legal method used to catch steelies. My main objective is to catch fish any way legal, I hate to get skunked. After many years of not fishing the Mad, I was still amazed that things have not changed on the river. The willow long liners are still shoulder to shoulder. What a great fun day snagging others lines most of the day. The shoulder to shoulder fishing method is great as it keeps all the other holes open to catch steelies as I would much perfer. I ask only one thing, could the long liners please move aside once in a while as we fly guys sometimes have to move down river to land a nice fish? Is that too much to ask? My friend almost lost a 16 pound chromer due to long liners casting on his line!
Posted by:Iron Head


02/19/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  How will the fishing be during the upcoming rainy days. Which will be too muddy and which maybe good. Don't mind getting wet
Posted by:


02/18/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  LOL
Posted by:


02/16/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Went 1 for 6, primarily 10 ft. leader with 2 beads. Felt many drive bys put missed the hook set. Tomorrow brings a new day...gotta love the long line. Why get skunked when you can long line and its now snagging its an art.
Posted by:River Master longliner10'6@gmail.com


02/15/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  As a primarily lure and bait fisherman I can honestly say that I do not snag my fish (I mean of course on a few occasions a dumb fish will run into a hook, but that happens to anyone) so damn straight I'm a purist, I'm the one on the riverbar who gets skunked 9 out of 10 times, but I am damn proud of that because I know that that one time means I did everything right, I defied all odds and got a fish that didn't want anything but one certain source of food to bite. I am very, very proud of the fact that I work and toil for hours to find out what to use, I am proud of the books, aritcles and reports I read to find the correct combinations of lure, size, color and so on. If you can feel that same feeling while puttiing your hook mnually into the zide of a fish's mouth than sweet, I'll just head down to the hatchery, go up to a holding area and manually stick a hook in the fish, because, after all, that's all you are doing.
Posted by:z hendo


02/15/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Overcast 
Comments:
  to all you people down on long leader fishing most of you so called purists who fish bait when condittions allow line fish with bait on and did not know it fly fisherman are the biggest snaggers on the river your leader goes all the way to the rod tip if you think not go to tide rock on the chetco in september it is sad the reason you people are down on long lining is you cant do it anybody can catch a fish that bites hook one in the mouth with 0 visibilty that is the real challange and when DFG gives us a leader length rule I will get out my fly rod then look out
Posted by:jeff peters whatsbiten@yahoo


02/15/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Overcast 
Comments:
  to all you people down on long leader fishing most of you so called purists who fish bait when condittions allow line fish with bait on and did not know it fly fisherman are the biggest snaggers on the river your leader goes all the way to the rod tip if you think not go to tide rock on the chetco in september it is sad the reason you people are down on long lining is you cant do it anybody can catch a fish that bites hook one in the mouth with 0 visibilty that is the real challange and when DFG gives us a leader length rule I will get out my fly rod then look out
Posted by:jeff peters whatsbiten@yahoo


02/14/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Snaggers Suck ahahahah Suckas!
Posted by:polarshrimp


02/13/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  dead drifting under a float is not lining. i hope the people you know that long line with beads slip and fall on there snaging rods loging them as far up there... as psible
Posted by:


02/13/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Yeah Long Liner... I do catch fish drifting beads actually. Also you people that say fish dont eat plastic. Have you actually looked how close a bead of the right color imitates a fish egg? It looks way better than any glow bug I have ever seen. It all depends on how you are fishing them which will determine if you are lining or ligitamatly catching them. Right now with the mad a 3000 cfs and completely off color you need a stinky bait (roe or tuna balls) to ethically catch a fish, yet you go down to the river and find all these guys long lining who say the fish are eating the bead that they cant even see. Thats incorrect, for the beads to work there must be some clarity (3 feet or better in my opinion). I have not yet fished beads on the mad, but on the trinity in clear water they have been deadly at the right time. I have fished an orange bead, with a glo bug dropper and the fish grabbed the bead 9 times out of 10. You cant tell me that fish dont eat beads! Theres my rant for the day.
Posted by:Flyfisher h20fowler17@hotmail.com


02/13/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Hillary and Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are in a boat, not fishing because only respectable people fish and their boat sinks. Who gets saved? America!
Posted by:me ahs


02/13/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Steelhead will bite beads, but it often depends on the color of the bead and the water. The thing that REALLY pisses me off is people beading in water a fish will only bite stinky stuff. In that case it is an obvious snag. I still think that y'all should spend the extra couple bucks on gittin' a bag of scented pink worms, that way it will be more likely the fish bite, and probably more of an attractant anyways. Or during bait season, if a bead is a roe imatation, why not get a bag of roe? Be safe and tight lines
Posted by:z hendo


02/13/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Cmon, the plastic Im talkin about is a a plain bead that is only needed to straighten out the ten foot leader. Not worms or glow bugs, or dipsy doozies. Those fish do bite, but are yarn or more like rubber. nobody I now fishes beads unless they are lining. If you think they are biting it you are dilusional. It doesn't suprise me a guy who defends lining also fishes on spawning redds.
Posted by:letm go wpatterson@yuroktribe.nsn.us


02/13/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Legal Beagle, If the scope of your fishing experience is so limited that you think that all beading is snagging then I’m sorry. Trout and steelhead love beads they are the most accurate representation of an egg you can get. If you’ve ever fished behind spawning salmon for trout/steelhead with a glo bug, reeds reaper, unreal egg, and a bead the bead will out fish the rest of um 75% of the time on a dead drift under a float. Yes there are people that abuse all fishing methods. Some people need to learn respect. Also don’t steelhead eat plastic worms?
Posted by:


02/13/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Mostly Cloudy 
Comments:
  the mad only offers a small window of oppurtunity to catch amixed bag of hatchery and wild steelhead.i think this has led to some alternative ways to be consistantly productive when you get the oppurtunity to fish.and because of this it has led to more and more long lining of fish.personally i do not find this challenging and results in taking a fish that is probably not interested in what is being offered.and lets face it most are probably not interested in any of it once hooked.i fished for years drifting corkies but evolved to fly fishing to increase the challange.the bottom line is be respetful to the fish and other fisherman and have fun. coho malone
Posted by:


02/12/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  "fish dont eat plastic." I caught thousands of them side rolling a plastic bead from the boat...I'm prity sure FISH DO EAT PLASTIC!!!At least in some cases.
Posted by:Hawood Jablowme funatlast2007@hotmail.com


02/12/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Hatchery? You can fish the hatcheries out here? Well heck, what are we all doing out in the river then? And pitchforks too? Heck, I used to catch salmon that way when I was a kid. We used to jump off a train tressel onto the backs of kings with a pitchfork. Now that was fun, I don't care who you are.
Posted by:Guy Walter heisrisen4u@onlinebaptist.com


02/11/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  How's it looking ? I figured it would still be high and Muddy
Posted by:TBA


02/11/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  that guy talking about fishing with beads is a bad example of a fisherman, fish dont eat plastic. If you use beads your doing the legal form of snagging, aka flossing or lining. Fish are in populations declines because of guys like you. I bet you fish at the hatchery too. Dude, get some skill.
Posted by:Legal Beagle wpatterson@yuroktribe.nsn.us


02/11/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I wouldn't recommend going within the next week or more, the snow melt is keeping the river pretty high and blown out. I'm hoping it'll clear up by President's Week. Be safe and tight lines.
Posted by:z hendo


02/11/08
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  On the bead fishing subject, I was on the Mad in January. Fishing a bead with long leader. ALL the fish I landed were hooked from the inside of the mouth. Many other fish I saw landed were from inside out as well. I know that often the fish are hooked from the outside in, or in the fin or somewhere other than the mouth, but sometimes, even often times, they bite it, and bead fishing can be just as legitemate as any other style of fishing. A legal caught fish is a legal caught fish. Fish whatever works if it's legal, and don't be so judgemental. Enough said.
Posted by:J M surmamma@aol.com


02/11/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Long lining is wrong don’t do it out of respect for the fish. If you say that all the fish you’re catching on beads are hooked in the mouth you are slow on the hook set I fish beads all the time pegged 1” from the hook with 10” leader and will still hook a few on the out side of the mouth. Why do so many people think it is ok to snag fish using a long line? Might as well get out your pitchfork!
Posted by:Aaron


02/11/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Flyfisher, I bet you catch them on the Mad floating a fly also LOL
Posted by:The Long Liner


02/11/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Anyone try it today I want to hit it tomorrow!
Posted by:


02/11/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Pissed that you outfish us 10:1?? BS, I could care less if you caught more fish snagging than I did floating my flies down the river. When I snag a fish I get absolutely no satisfaction from catching that fish, infact I snagged two fish on the upper trinity yesterday and left to go back down river where there was less fish so I wouldnt have to deal with snagging them. Your numbers are meaningless ling liner, and your method is cheating, face the fact.
Posted by:Flyfisher


02/10/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Think about this. Your just pissed that we out fish you 10 to 1
Posted by:The Long Liner


02/09/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Just a test on 2/9/08. I fill in all the blanks and submit. Nothing happens. This whole web page needs serious updating.
Posted by:bob P11 rpce@sbcglobal.net


02/09/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Not Fair. Boo Hoo. Floating a fly ? Ya right.
Posted by:The Long Linner


02/09/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  We need a drift boat only section of river on the Mad.There are way to many bank fishermen snagging fish.Don't you have the skill to make fish bite the hook?If you want to line fish,fish for carp.Think about it.
Posted by:side drifter


02/06/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  It depends how you are bead fishing. If your bead fishing with a honkin weight and an 8-12 foot leader with a bead on the end, yeah your going to be snagging the fish since only the line is going to be going through the fishes mouth and the bead is still high in the water column due to its light weight, and the current pushing your line downstream will eventually hook you into a fish on the OUTSIDE of the fishes mouth. I have found the other sort of bead fishing to be effective which is fly fishing with 8 foot leaders and putting one small split shot about 14 inches above the bead not a honking 1 oz. weight. You will find that the fish voluntarily take the bead and they are hooked on the inside of the mouth which is not snagging rather than the outside which would be snagging. 90% of people on the mad are snaggin slimebags.
Posted by:Flyfisher


02/06/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Check the regs. It maybe closed. Bead fishing, long lining , flossing, etc. Your basically snagging the fish. I don't do it myself because I don't fish the Mad. But it is legal, everybody on the Mad does it ( very few will admit to it) and were talking Hatchery fish. So if you want a Hatchery Meat fish and with the river conditions it's probably your best bet.
Posted by:


02/06/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I had never heard of 'bead' fishing. Googled it. Apparently it is rather controversial. I hope to come up and be on the river by the 15th. I would assume that the farther up river one were to fish the clearer it would be? Is the Maple Creek area on the Mad, over Kneeland, a good place to fish?
Posted by:Steve Cousins mattole2@aol.com


02/06/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  It's going to be high and muddy. But dropping. If your willing to "Bead" you may hook something
Posted by:


02/05/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  That is Correct
Posted by:


02/05/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Anyone know what the color of the water is on the Mad right now? I've got a trip planned for this weekend and although it looks like it's gonna rain up there on wednesday, i was just wondering if it had cleared up any in the past few days here that we've had no rain. Thanks.
Posted by:Glen Stewart excuse2realize@hotmail.com


02/03/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Fishhead, Sounds like you need the education. You can use bait in the Mad from Nov. 1st to March 31st
Posted by:


02/03/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  The Madd is a baitless river that means "no bait". So if you are using roe you better be looking over your shoulder for the F&G warden. I hope you get caught, or maybe you just need an education???
Posted by:Fishhead


02/03/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Glad you two brought this up. So when I'm reading the regulations book and it says "Only barbless hooks may be used from Nov 1 through March 31." that is the only restriction for that time period meaning bait is OK. Prior to that, from Fourth Saturday in May through Oct. 31 the restriction is artificial lures with barbless hooks. Then that Section 8.00 is the low-flow restriction, which isn't of a big concern right now.
Posted by:Steve Cousins mattole2@aol.com


01/24/08
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  fished the mad yesterday for a chrome bright 9lb hatchery hen. supposed to rain for the next few days, might have to wait for my next trip.
Posted by:Noah


01/23/08
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  The Mad is producing some fish under the Blue Lake bridge. I have been there two days in the past week and have seen about four fish landed, and that's out of a good 50 fisherman, so it isn't exactly hot and heavy. The fish I got a good look at was about 3-6 pounds and hatchery. There are many fish in there, adn they seem to ge most active at around noon or early evening. It is all a matter of how aggressive the fish are at that time and what bait you are using. So far, from what I have heard the hottest bait is roe. I haven't been to the Smith but have heard it is fairly slow. Be safe and tight lines.
Posted by:z hendo


01/23/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  Had a chance to go out on the Mad today. Was there for a few hours in the early afternoon and hooked one nice bright chrome fish. It jumped a couple of times before coming off the hook while drifting roe. After that I landed a spent hatchery hen that had another hook and line in her mouth. She was a bit beat up, must have been caught up on a log or rock for a bit. Landed her on a #5 spinner - Chartreuse and silver.
Posted by: IV


01/22/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I'm in the same boat with Tom Davis, not literally, but would like to come up this week through Sunday. Weather report looks "iffy" but would not mind fishing in a little rain. I would be, for the most part, fly fishing with waders. Any advice would be appreciated.
Posted by:Steve Cousins mattole2@aol.com


01/21/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  thinking about making a trip this coming weekend hows it looking and wheres the best bet i have thuresday thru sunday morning with no kids thinking about the smith,mad and redwood creek this will be my first winter steelhead trip on my own just trying to pay my dues
Posted by:tom davis wbarbin@yahoo.com


01/21/08
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Mostly Cloudy 
Comments:
  FISHED HARD ON MONDAY,I HAD ONE BITE, MY PARTNER LANDED ONE NICE BUCK,PRETTY SLOW. IT SHOULD GET BETTER WITH THE BIG HIGH TIDES WERE HAVING, WE SAW APP. 10 FISH LANDED ALL DAY
Posted by:


01/17/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  What are the chances of C.D.of F&G. putting a hit on those Harbor seals and Sealions that like to crawl right up the fish ladder and get the fish in the holding tank? I know its a $10,000 fine for one of us to take matters into our own hands.
Posted by:Huckleberry


01/15/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Here is another good site to check out the flow of the Mad river, and you can look at data for the last 31 days. Just go to the site and click on the Mad river button, and you can check out other rivers in the area too. I'm out of town this week and sunday the river was still really high and not very good for fishing. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ca/nwis/rt/
Posted by:paul johnson pjohnson200844@yahoo.com


01/15/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Plunker, your site was also a help. Thanks.
Posted by:Steve Cousins mattole2@aol.com


01/15/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Thanks for the site Paul. I'll keep an eye on it and also check back here for fishing reports.
Posted by:Steve Cousins mattole2@aol.com


01/14/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I currently live in Modesto and was raised in Eureka. I'd like to come up to Humboldt County for a week or so and fish the Mad River and the Mattole River. It looks like the weather is clearing and I need to know , or at least have an idea when these rivers might clear for steelhead and salmon. I was up in early December and enjoyed watching salmon and catching a steelhead on the Mad River and would enjoy trying it again. I fly fish, wade and hike streams. I've used a kayak and float tube on lakes.
Posted by:Steve Cousins mattole2@aol.com


01/12/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Any help from someone so I can see river levels? The last few weeks I'm getting an empty box(?) with a red x in the upper left hand corner. Thanks, Bob
Posted by:bob P11


01/12/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  http://ahps2.wrh.noaa.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=eka&gage=arcc1&view=1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1 is the site I use for water levels.
Posted by:Z hendo


01/12/08
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  http://cdec.water.ca.gov/river/rivcond.html
Posted by:Hiouchi Plunker codinf@sfsu.edu


01/09/08
Mad River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  Blown out! A week of sunshine is on the way!
Posted by:


12/31/07
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  I didn't see a lot of fish. Didnt even see a lot of fishermen.
Posted by:


12/30/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I liked your site.
Posted by:Pat Williams fl-Williams4029@damailbox.com


12/29/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  Way to many people not enough fish. Did not fish today. Had a good time watching the clowns at the hatchery repeatedly hook each other. Did see a few brite fish on the bank.
Posted by:


12/29/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  Way to many people not enough fish. Did not fish today. Had a good time watching the clowns at the hatchery repeatedly hook each other. Did see a few brite fish on the bank.
Posted by:


12/29/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  lota fish, lota fishermen. good luck.
Posted by:


12/28/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  Fished all day for 3 fish. Pretty slow.
Posted by:


12/27/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  good #'s of spawned out hatchery fish being lined from the bridge up.
Posted by:


12/19/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  Still a little early for a strong run of hatchery fish. It shouldn't be long though. River has been very fishable with fish scattered through out. Getting 2 hatchery fish a day is no problem when the water is not to muddy. River has been on the rise and currently very muddy with more rain on the way.
Posted by:IcallB.S. www.bohhoo!!!!


12/12/07
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  been fishing the Mad on and off for a month. All the spots where the fish should be are virtually empty. Only caught two three pounders and seen only three fish in the water. Last year by this time I had caught over twenty fish. The fish were all taking worms and cut anchovies. Lures, plugs, salmon eggs all would not work, even with scents and dyes. There arent any fish under the Blue Lake bridge either, where there were many salmon and steelhead at this time last year. Either the fish are late or this year will suck. Too bad with all the effort people put in to save the hatchery. Go to the Trinity if you want to catch fish. The Mad is a waste of time, money, and effort.
Posted by:jerrod


12/11/07
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  a few fish in the mad it looks like a bad year if you'er from out of town stay home
Posted by:radio radio dmrsantos@sbcgloble.net


11/05/07
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  anyone know how to remove the junk on this site????
Posted by:


11/05/07
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Does anybody know when the Mad opens for steelhead? I'm assuming when we get some rain but is there any specific date? Thanks
Posted by:MackFisha


10/07/07
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  The Mad closed (except the tidal estuary) on the first until it rains enough, and I am not sure of the site that tells when its high enough, but would definitly love that URL. Be safe and tight lines
Posted by:m e


09/29/07
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Humboldt won. Suck on my ballsas!
Posted by:buzz cock Ramos str8ballin@yahoo.com


09/26/07
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Is the Mad River open to fishing rite now? If it is what part of it is open to fishing?
Posted by:


09/22/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  A few Salmon stagin' in the holes, couldn't get a look at the mouth.
Posted by:z hend


09/03/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  TONS of Salmon, none biting. Some half pound Steelies moving into the mouth, also unagressive. Overall it is looking like we might have a good year.
Posted by:M E


08/30/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  What is the phone number for river low flow closures? McCloud - nothing seen/nothing caught. Upper Sac. - Nothing seen/nothing caught.
Posted by:C P cvpenny4@gmail.com


07/20/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  LAST TIME I CHECKED THE MAD RIVER IS CLOSED TO ALL FISHING EXCEPT FOR THE TIDEL ESTUARY AND ABOVE RUTH LAKE I WILL CONFIRM THIS FACT. THE CHASR AND ANOUGHTER BEER
Posted by:RAYDAR FISH CHASER NORTHCOASTELECTRICALSERVICES@COMCAST.NET


07/16/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  The little trout have been biting but I haven't hooked any big ones. This would be a great time to teach a youngster how to fish. Good luck and tight lines!
Posted by:Z Hendo


04/03/07
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  The Mad River is closed for fishing until 4th Saturday in May and then it is open for fishing IF the water level is high enough and then you may use no bait/no barbs. A blueback is a young steelhead that comes later in the season, almost a Summer run. The moderator here does not like discussions about fishing, only fishing reports. If anyone is interested they can find a lot of information on the local rivers here by checking ifish.net. I maintain a river update there and they encourage open discussions of fishing, technique, hotspots, bait ect. You can find me there as abalone-girl with the North Coast Fishing Report. ;)
Posted by:


03/07/07
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Penny...Thanks! Are they considered "half pounders"? A saw many caught a few years ago in March. They were blue on the top. But not like half pounders that I caught in the Klammath.
Posted by:bob P 11 rpce@sbcglobal.net


03/07/07
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  thats cuz klamath fish arent mad
Posted by:jimi drips


03/06/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Bluebacks are young steelhead. I think it is there first time returning to the river that gives them that distinctive blue back? Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong.
Posted by:C Penny cvpenny4@gmail.com


03/05/07
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  What are "Bluebacks"? I understand that they enter the Mad in late March. I fished the Mad several times (late last year and early this year) and got zero steelhead. I know why.
Posted by:bob P 11 rpce@sbcglobal.net


02/15/07
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Heads up boys and girls….. A fishing buddy of mine was ripped off there in Blue Lake a week or so back. His camper was broke in to and G-Loomis rods and other gear taken. If ya catch somebody doing such a thing please give what is lift to the Blue Lake PD.
Posted by:The Trap Maker trapmaker@thetrapmaker.com


02/07/07
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  The introduction page for this site is out of date and should be updated. The Mad River Hatchery does not raise King Salmon, and the hatchery has nothing to do with wild King Salmon. But they do (or have) raised Silver Salmon from eggs that come from another Hatchery. Those fish are given to Noyo river and not released in the Mad River. Most of the fish runs at the Hatchery are empty. All of them should be operated to the fullest extent and as designed for Steelhead and Salmon.
Posted by:bob paoluccio rpce@sbcglobal.net


01/31/07
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Fished on Saturday and Sunday, went 5 for 7 between two of us and saw one other fish landed. Two were dark but unspawned the other three were fairly bright.
Posted by:Scooter


01/21/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  ya i fished the mad on saturday, not even a bite, a drift boater siad he caught a few but not much action at all. I drove over the scotia bridge and saw like 10 drift boat trailers and a fish getting landed.
Posted by:z hendo


01/21/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  I FISHED THE MAD RIVER ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND FRIDAY MORNING, THE 18TH AND 19TH. DIDN'T DO TO GOOD. NOT ONE FISH. SAW VERY FEW CAUGHT. RIVER IS LOW. I USED ROE AND SHRIMP FOR BAIT ALONG WITH EVERYTHING ELSE I HAD WITH ME. I FISHED BY THE BRIDGE AND UP RIVER TOWARD THE HATCHERY. I STOPPED BY THE MAD RIVER OUTFITTERS, THEY SAID THAT THE SOUTH FORK OF THE EEL RIVER IS HOT!! BUT I HAD NO TIME TO FISH IT. I THINK I WILL WAIT FOR MORE RAIN AND MORE FISH TO ENTER THE RIVER BEFORE I TRY AGAIN. IF SOMEONE OUT THERE KNOWS A GOOD SPOT ON THE SOUTH FORK AND WOULD BE WILLING TO SHARE, SEND ME AN E-MAIL, I WOULD APPRECIATE THE INFO. JOHN
Posted by:JOHN GAREAU JOHNGAREAU@COMCAST.NET


01/19/07
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Sorry about my ignorance about fly fishing terminology. My brother is a fly fishing activist. I should know better. I'll stick with my spinning reel, bait, or long leaders.
Posted by:bob P 11 rpce@sbcglobal.net


01/18/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  BLACK LEECH (DUBBED) http://www.eflytyer.com/patterns/leech.html
Posted by:DOC JOHNSON


01/18/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Pete called me today he fished the Mad today 01/18/07 saw one fish about 2 pounds caught I think he fished aove the hatchery,( A mint fish is a chrome brite fish fresh out of the ocean, sea lice is on the fresh run fish that just recently entered the river,a pram is a small boat
Posted by:DOC JOHNSON


01/16/07
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Please explain "mint fish", Black leech (dubbed), and pram. Thanks, Bob P.
Posted by:bob P !! rpce@sbcglobal.net


01/08/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  Hey Geysers Doc Johnson, you out there, only 5 people fishing below the hatchery on Sat. 01/06/07. I lost one after about 15 min. fight. Only saw one other fish caught that morning, plenty of fish in the water.
Posted by:PETE


01/08/07
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Pete talked today to one of the fish and game workers at the Hatchery,he said because of the Hatchery closing in 2003 they were not raising any fish to release, so this year ther wont be any three year olds returning only 2 year olds and 4 year olds, and native fish and usually most of the fish that return are three year olds,he said the fishing today was fair to poor,hopefully it will get better,he also said he has not seen any native fish yet,and said there is about 100 fish in the holding tank DOC
Posted by:DOC JOHNSON


01/04/07
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Can you fish in the mad river above the dam now? Catch and Release?
Posted by:Arney Rogers mrrogers01@gmail.com


01/04/07
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  everytime i've gone to the mad, which is at least once every other day (i'm on christmas break right now) i've been able to pull out one or two steelies a trip. You just have to not follow the crowd and do some walking.
Posted by:


01/01/07
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  CONDITIONS WERE GREAT . THERE WAS ONLY ONE THING MISSING. IM SURE YOU ALL CAN GUESS WHAT THAT WAS.
Posted by:


12/27/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  absolutely positively blown out and dead and should be bombd for being that way screw this season it went to hell itll prolly not clear up by next rain
Posted by:zazazazazazz azazazazaz


12/22/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  LOOKS LIKE THE FISH ING HAS GONE TO HELL JUST LIKE THE MESSAGE BOARD
Posted by:oldmangred neveryoumind


12/22/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  ok
Posted by:oldmangred neveryoumind


12/21/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  There are three DOC'S on this board and I am not one of the guys doing the arguing I do fish reports only
Posted by:DOC JOHNSON


12/21/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  T
Posted by:DOC JOHNSON


12/17/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  I concur.......keep it to reports, thats the webpage theory
Posted by:Robert


12/16/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  is the river nearly fishable???? and i agree bickering on a fishing report is retarded
Posted by:don jaun z.hendo@sbcglobal.net


12/16/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  all you children make me sick. what about love for fishing does talk relate to this message board. if i were the web master i would ban you all.by the way my fishing has been great lately
Posted by:fishslayer


12/15/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Ya both are acting like little boys. Grow up and go duke it out some where else.
Posted by:


12/15/06
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Mostly Cloudy 
Comments:
  NOW I MUST SAY BIOENGENERING HMMMMMM.MABY YOU CREATED THE PROBLEM YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT THE PROBLEM WELL ENOUGHT ALLONE YOU SHOULDNT HAVE MEDDELED. WITH NATURE.AS FOR THE HIGH WATER MARK IT UP YOURS AND ILL BE LOOKING FOR THE ONE WHO CREATED THIS PROBLEM.YOU WILL RECONIZE HIM AS THE ONE TRYING TO INFORCE THE HIGH WATTER MARK.
Posted by:REALITY CHECK


12/13/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  well, why must we try to Fabricate stories oh ya doc's a WanaBEE!!!!
Posted by:MR. Fish Fish On


12/13/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  well
Posted by:MR. Fish Fish On


12/13/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  CLOSER TO WHAT!! YOU POSTING ANOUGHTER FABRICATED STORY???
Posted by:MR FISH FISH ON


12/12/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Getting closer
Posted by:DOC


12/09/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  i live on the mad river estuary and i have been catching several 10+ pounders. suprisingly good right now i guess you just have to know how to fish for them
Posted by:


12/06/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  It is early yet should get good after the next rain
Posted by:doc


12/04/06
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Now I have confirmed it LOTS of people and yet not a fish.This is a tell tail sign on this riverif ther is a 100 to 1 ratio then you must say its not good. Thats ok i will keep watching.And I am sure that once the fish are in that we will have a hole lot more at the hole.My question is why do the fishermen who come to fish leave the garabadge behind,local or not. this should not be alowed to hapen the fishing presure is bringing lots of crap on banks this is a problem that can be fixed on word perpresure.I would also like to thank the couple fishing above blue lake br. for hospitality good luck.And to all you disbeleavers may you hook a a 35+" fish.
Posted by:OLDMANGREED NEVER U MIND


12/04/06
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Fished Monday assuming that Pre-football Sunday was busy. A few regulars under the bridge but nothing really bangin. Walked up to Walton Hole and saw some large dark ones jump but no smolts or anything else would bite..
Posted by:Robert Bisgrove scoydldoydl@aol.com


12/02/06
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Lots of people and not one fish iv anserded my question my self.
Posted by:OLDMANGRED never u mind


12/01/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  whats going on on mad any one talking or are the locals as tight liped as the fish.any fish in the smith what ????? chect. or any other this board is dead
Posted by:old man potter never u mind


11/24/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  On the plus side, the smolts are gone - so casting to larger fish without interception is now possible. On the down side, the day's are shorter, we've had snow and nights to 28 degrees, and the water's now a good bit colder than in early October. Thus, the "meat mama" insects (large prey items) are about done for the year and the fish are less likely to leave the comfort of prime lies to chase wayward flies or lures. Midges and winter stoneflies (about a size 16, gray to black) are the predominant insects at this time. Adult steelhead sitting low in the water column are mainly being taken on roe, but are occasionally taking a dead-drifted nymph or small spinner (e.g. Mepps) presented with weight deep in the water column. In the Junction City to Pigeon Point reach (my home water), fish have been floated and cast over so relentlessly over the past few weeks (it's been a zoo on the weekends!) that they're noticeably leader shy. During low water between rains, finer tippets (4X, 5X) are a must. All steelies observed are well colored, ie. have been in river for some time, probably since October. We need a push of fresh, ignorant fish. C'mon rain!
Posted by:Doc's Fly Company


11/19/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I have been getting alot of salmon on spoons in the blue lake bridge area when the water has been fishable.
Posted by:


11/18/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  when the mad is reaching 650 CFS in flow, it has been fishable either pulling plugs for salmon or drifting bait for steelies, I got one salmon about 35lbs
Posted by:


11/15/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  The Mad is open but the water is dirty. Anybody catching fish? On what?
Posted by:Rob Nichols r5cents@cox.net


11/12/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Fish are spread from above the forks all the way to Serina on the Smith. There is plenty enough water in the forks to drift.
Posted by:


11/09/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  come on guys this board is for fishing reports only!
Posted by:


10/28/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  The fish are just starting to get ready to make their upstream migration. Every lower hole in the river system is loaded with big king salmon, with small amounts of early winter steelhead. When the first rain hits the run will truly start. The hatchery personel were probably talking about last years run when they said the run was over.
Posted by:


10/27/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  I WAS AT THE MAD RIVER FISH HATCHERY LAST WEEKEND AND WAS DISAPOINTED AT THE NUMBER OF FISH BEING RAISED. I ASKED A EMPLOYEE FEEDING THE FISH, WHEN THE RUN USUALY STARTS AND WAS TOLD ITS OVER. FROM WHAT LITTLE I KNOW ABOUT SALMON AND STEELHEAD RUNS, THEY DONT START TILL THE RAINS START, HOW CAN IT BE OVER. SOME BRAINIAC PLEASE FILL ME IN.
Posted by:mo dolfan modolfan@sbcglobal.com


10/26/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Any one catching anything in the mad estuary?
Posted by:


10/03/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I'm new to this area, and i just wanted to know if there were any good deep holes that are still holding steelhead above the hatchery. If so, where and how far up.
Posted by:


09/28/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  what the hell are fluvial?
Posted by:


09/18/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  The river is closed right now due to low water conditions. Call 442-4502 to find out when it is open. The only portion of the river you can fish the river is from the Hammond Bridge to the mouth until a good rain brings the water level up. Access is good at the Mad River Park, parking lot and boat ramp.
Posted by:T. B. kabahkoolie@yahoo.com


09/18/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Does anyone know if there are fluvial Steelhead in the mad?
Posted by:T B the_abalone_girl@yahoo.com


09/18/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  I used the smallest silver hotshot and lost a nice one yesterday when she went ballistic and wrapped herself around a snag. Today I was able to land an 8 pounder using a small (2 inch) crankbait/diver in a trout pattern. I was drifting it under the overhanging vegetation and cranking it in slowly. There are still a lot more in there! The ones near the 'green bridge' (at HWY 101) are too pressured, move upstream.
Posted by:Traci Barnwell the_abalone_girl@yahoo.com


09/18/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  The Steelies are in the river. I watched several people snagging them under the Green bridge. Not good enough fishermen I guess (cheaters). : ( They are taking glo-bugs and egg patterns. Can't take salmon in this river! Also the rainbows and cutthroats are biting and they are bigger than last month. Cuts' and Bows' are taking parachute nymphs, beadhead nymphs in hot colors and egg patterns.
Posted by:Traci Barnwell the_abalone_girl@yahoo.com


09/18/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Fluvial is a fish that does not actually leave the river but spawns in the smaller tribuataries then returns to live its life in the main river. Andromous fish go to sea and then return to river to spawn. I am wondering because the 9 pounder I caught had been in the river awhile, and all she had was a skein for next spring developing.
Posted by:T B kabahkoolie@yahoo.com


08/03/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  This post is directed at the clown that thinks the entire Mad is open to fishing. You should expect to be interviewed by a DFG warden while fishinhg the "entire length" of the Mad River.
Posted by:The Enforcer


07/31/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Are there fish at the mouth yet??
Posted by:john jfksteelie@sbcglobal.net


07/22/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  You can fish the entire length of the river right now dumb-ass!
Posted by:


07/17/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Read the Regulations and you'll see that you can only fish a very small portion of the Mad at this time of the year!
Posted by:


07/12/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I heard from a friend that he and his son were snorkeling on the mad river above the hatchery and they saw not a couple but lots of summer steelhead hanging along the cutbank of the deep side of the river. I have read several different articles about summer steelhead. However, it has been few and far between catching these stubbern fish. As a matter of fact I have not landed a true summer steelhead in several years. Any suggestions?
Posted by:


04/11/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  the mad closed march 31 like most other norcal rivers
Posted by:jd


04/07/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Hows the mad? Blown out now I imagine but how about in between blow-outs?
Posted by:Huckleberry


03/15/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  We need a Mad River fish report
Posted by:DOC


03/08/06
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Overcast 
Comments:
  Get out of the rain and come on inland boys & girls. Get the feel for slammin the browns & the bass. Sweet Wyoming on my mind !!!
Posted by:Craig J cjustus@casablancaresort.com


02/24/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  i was wondering if anybody could give me any information on how, when and where to catch redtail surfperch? any help would be greatly appreciated.
Posted by:mackfisher


02/23/06
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Hit Fisher Rd. for a couple hours yesterday tossing spinners and even tried a jig under a float. No love. Also fished at Swimmer's Delight. Got a couple half pounders. River is beautiful.
Posted by:Ralphie Montez


02/21/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  still tough condtions on the smith we have been getting only one or two fish per trip. Thanks Tim King
Posted by:tim king www.trinityriverfishing.com


02/16/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Blue Lake bridge up to the hatchery was chock-a-block full of anglers...especially the hatchery. Spent time in both spots. Didn't see anything come out in the Blue Lake area but watched about 10 or so pulled from the hatchery region by about 20 of my peers. Water had about a foot of visibility, greenish/brown hue with increasing clarity over the last several days in particular. Water's dropped alot, too. Long poles, teardrop weights, 6-10 ft of leader, small to moderate red and green beads/corkys. West side anglers were spending more effort flossing seemed like, while east side anglers were casting 2/3 across into deeper (and faster water) and bumping the bottom for 20 yards and retrieving. They pulled in most the fish without a doubt. Saw a couple real nice silvers but most had that strong purple hue down the side and mid/dark gray. Hope to be out tomorrow for just a few hours.
Posted by:Mark Wriggle Fewturepast@yahoo.com


02/13/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Spent the last 2 days at the Mad bouncing roe. No takers. Almost stepped on a crusty old steelhead (still alive) as I was wading across to get above the hatchery. Hopefully the water clears a little more in the next couple days.
Posted by: Bell cmb70@humboldt.edu


01/20/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I like to take this special opportunity to let you fools know what to do when the river is blownout. Dont tell your wife or girlfriend.Tell her its been the best fishing in years! Tell her the hell with fishing lets go on a hike,the beach, the woods,to lunch. Make it work. The rivers will clean soon.Dont get left behind.
Posted by:


01/20/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I have been fishing the mad river for over 25 year i have fish it every possible way there is i dont see any problem in the way each person wants to fish as long as it does not hurt any one i am happy to see the hatchery up and running too all you fisherman keep a tight line and enjoy the great out door a few fish each day hope water come down should be great this monday
Posted by:Richard masingale toodogs.1@netzero.net


01/11/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  Hi Y'all, The river's blown out again, but the last few days have produced some nice looking fish! Both snaggers and real fishermen were hooking up showing that there is more than one way to do it. I saw some guys fishing 14-20 foot leaders. One of these guys "played" a buck, dragged it 20 feet across the beach, unhooked it, and tossed it 10 feet in the air into a dead end back channel. He then stumbled back in line to do it again. We had to get out of the water, carry his fish back and try to revive it. It did swim away after a few minutes of holding it in the current. If we had not intervened, it would be dead. This is not catch and release, this is a case of snagger mentality. These fish bring you food and the great pleasure of catching them. Remember, it is not how many you "hooked" it is how you hook them that makes you a respected fishermen. If that fish is colored up and you don't want it, don't take it out on the fish! Show some RESPECT!!!
Posted by:respectful1


01/10/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: Mostly Cloudy 
Comments:
  I recon it takes more skill to snag the dern thangs than to let um slurp a glob of roe or a shramp n mallow. Heck that aint no thang: put down your rod an wait for a hungry one an such. Hell howdy, aint it all about all that. Git er done yall, if it feels funny swing ya dorks
Posted by:Cp'n Southmouth Gitturdunn HuH.com


01/10/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  To my knowledge the Mad becomes fishable at about 7'to 8'. Redwood Cr. at around 11' to 12'. The Smith is the first river to clear and the Mad the last. The Van Duzen and South Fork Eel fall somewhere in between those two rivers. You need at least 5 clear days(no rain) to fish most rivers after a major blowout(exception smith river). This is not scientific just one guys opinion.
Posted by:


01/09/06
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  You locals are harsh. The rain will/has stopped; the fish will/are bitin' and so are your reports. What's it take to get a good meal and fish on the line. I'm lookming to spend some money in your zip code. What's it take to meet some "wiskey' drinkin' fishersman who know where the bodies are buried so t5o speak ? (Hey! There's always the Hat and the Smith. Ohio born and bred.)
Posted by:Steve Plas steveplas@sbcglobal.net


01/08/06
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Pete talked today to one of the fish and game workers at the hatchery,he said because of the hatchery closing in 2003 they were not raising any fish to release, so this year ther wont be any three year olds returning only 2 year olds and 4 year olds and usually most of the fish that return are three year olds,he said the fishing today was fair to poor,hopefully it will get better,he also said he has not seen any native fish yet.So it does not sound good for this year. DOC
Posted by:DOC JOHNSON


12/31/05
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  L.A. born wildlife biologist maybe ya should go back and learn how to spell. The word is whiskey not wiskey.
Posted by:


12/31/05
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Just what we need. An L.A. born wildlife biologist that can’t spell and drinks to much. Ill bet that he works for DFG
Posted by:


12/30/05
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Some of the worst rain you folks have received in recent memory from what I hear. Your not the only ones as us here on Vancouver Isle. B.C. are dealing with nothing but a deluge of rain for the past two weeks.. Makes even our hardiest of systems unfishable.. One can only wait.. If and when it does decide to let up we will be in for one hell of a fishery.. Ah the day's of hooking into 30-40 prime winter fish between you and a buddy. Can hardly wait.. -dirty oh yeah Canada rules...
Posted by:


12/29/05
Mad River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  Have you ever seen one of those commercial tuna rods with about 20'of line tied to the tip. No reel just a rod and line.What a great set-up for fishing the mad this time of year. Oh,dont forget the wiskey and beer.See ya there! Signed, LA born wildlife biologist
Posted by:


12/29/05
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  caught a nice 8 lb buck on tues. lost another. Blown out Wed.
Posted by:


12/29/05
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  If ya are a snagging you will be noticed and reported... It don't matter what kind of rod or line ya use.This kind of fishing has to come to a stop.
Posted by:


12/27/05
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  With all of this rain snag is becoming a likely option. Maybe with some lead core line and a fly rod no one will even notice.
Posted by:


12/24/05
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  It has nothing to do with not liking the rules, it is the fact that fishing 48" plus leaders is considered flossing on our side of the border. I make my living guiding american clientel, and am a strong believer that once a sportfisherman always a sportfisherman no matter where you are from.. Oh ya, Canada rules-dirty
Posted by: dirtdog67@hotmail.com


12/23/05
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  A 48" leader limit, is your gov't that blind to the fact that if you fish something that long the fish may as well s@#t it out before there is an indication of a bite. c'mon-canada rules-dirty
Posted by:darren dickenson dirtdog672003@yahoo.ca


12/23/05
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  If ya don’t like the rules go fish somewhere else… We that fish for the sport and fun of the catch will enjoy ourselves with out the sniggers and fish hogs cluttering our rivers.
Posted by:


12/21/05
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  Fished Saturday and part of sunday. Total fish caught 8 within the group. Fished hard with spin glo's. We had bait but the fish werent interested. A couple of bright ones but most were tired. I wonder if the Mad will clear again season. Overall the fishing was slow for the Mad under those conditions.
Posted by:MC


12/19/05
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Love that guys giberish. He must have alot of time on his hands to keep hitting all those keys. Anybody got any info on the Mad River yet?
Posted by:


12/14/05
Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Fished mad today 3 ft. vis. Roe for bait lost first fish in the first 15 minutes.. small half pounder... Next at the breidge hole hooked up on a 10 lber.... SNAP! No fish in the bag.. Did land one really dark salmon but it may as well have been dead.
Posted by:Fish Loser h20fowler17@hotmail.com


12/07/05
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  "Steelie Buster" posted that the DFG would impliment new regs on Jan.1, regarding leader length. This just shows that he doesn't read them very often, as anyone that reads them knows the regs always take effect on March 1st!
Posted by:


12/05/05
Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  HAHAHA!! Wonderful!! Hows the mad fishin lately on flies?
Posted by:


12/05/05
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Beaders be gone. Now maybe you'll have to learn how to fish. The thing to remember is that you have to entice them to bite, not drag a hook through their open mouths. Pretty simple. Try it. We must whip the horses eyes and....cry.
Posted by:Real fisherman


12/04/05
Mad River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Better do it soon, If you bead fish on the Mad because it will be illegal after the first of the year. Leaders must be under 48" long if the proposal set forth by F&G passes. http://www.fgc.ca.gov/2005/2_10isor.pdf The public hearing and Comission meeting will take place here on Friday. Email your comments here. You must include your address. FGC@fgc.ca.gov December 9, 2005 Friday 8:30 a.m. The James W. Kellogg Training Center 935 Detroit Ave Concord California
Posted by:Steelie Buster BigBears@moosemail.com


12/01/05
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Planning on a few days the week of the 26th...what are my odds??? A little early perhaps? thx SG
Posted by:Silver Ghost drwzap@sbcglobal.net


11/30/05
Mad River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Lets get ready to rumble its almost time (tight lines to all)Good luck to all (DOC)
Posted by:DOC JOHNSON


09/17/05
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  Was on the river today trying to find a spot I've heard of called Prigmore's crossing or (Shaw's crossing). It's suppose to be by some old approach up to the river, does anyone have a clue to its location. It's E. of the 101 bridge and w. of Blue lake. Thanks for any clues you can give. N.K.
Posted by:N. Kell turtur@sbcglobal.net


07/19/05
Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  We fished at the Feather River down in the valley. In the morning we threw sp[inners my brother caught 1 buck around 16lbs. In the afternoon we moved to the Vance Avenue side I hooked 8 and landed a limit of 3 Kings going 15,17,and 27lbs. There was alot of people fishing and hooking up but really not that many fish landed. These "Springers" are hot hard fighting fish and probaly the best eating fish. Tight Lines to all!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by:FishHead NA


06/28/05
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Its Shad bud, not chad, and if you are talking the eel only, then your are about out of luck. Try the coastal lagoons for bass and trout. Or the Klamath Trinity system for spring run salmon and summer steelys. Or the big creek, plenty of options in the ocean. good luck
Posted by:fisherman Joe


06/09/05
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Can anyone give any information about fishing near Ben Bow Park this time of year. From what I have seen it looks like fishing is closed for the major part of the area this time of year. I will be taking my young boys up there and would love to take then to some fish. Thank you in advance. Don
Posted by:Don Bartz cadnetwork@msn.com


12/10/50
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  There are enough laws that don't get enforced as it is. Long lining is not a weapon of mass distruction. So you catch fish long lining, big deal, they are not going extinct because of long lining. The law would only be put in place because some self ritious purerest has his panties in a wad because I catch and release more fish then he can snag on his flyrod. The fish can't find your fly in black water, that is the reason for the long line.
Posted by:Stealheader


02/01/30
Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  In regard to steelhead cards....Is there such thing as a 'resident trout' in any river that is open to the ocean (anadramous waters).
Posted by:Steve Wartburg


Mad River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  Well said Doc.......here here
Posted by:


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  It's on for bead fishing on the Mad!....The Ca. Fish & Game Commission shot down the proposed leader length restrictions!...Saw through the thinly veiled attempt by guides and purists who want to impose their "ethics" to create exclusive rights to the rivers....along with the fact that the resource is in NO way threatened!!!!.....BEAD ONNNNNNNN and HOOOOKKK UUUUPPP!!
Posted by:D Bacher


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  When is the best time to fish around the hatchery for steelhead? I've tried different times and haven't been successful. Please Help!
Posted by:mckfisher


Mad River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  While you were busy nit picking the details of my post, I was busy lobbying the Fish and Game Commission (SUCCESFULLY) to retain current bead fishing regulations. We ain't going anywhere.
Posted by:Steelie Buster


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Too late, I overturned the proposal. See ya on the river! I'll bring the kleenex.
Posted by:


Mad River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  While everyone was sitting on their arse whining, I was at the F&G commission hearing shooting down the unfair restrictions being proposed by the purists and greedy guides...We are back in business boys...The proposal was shot down in flames...The Dept of Fish and Game is there to protect the resources not to force "ethics" down the throats of fishermen....FISH ON!!!!
Posted by:SHOWTIME


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  just like many things there are many different ways to do them.i was critical of fly fisherman once too.i am still against a full sink line.but after carefully evaluating the flyfishing technique of a good friend of mine, my mind was easily changed.fishing an indicator on your leader with a split shot enables you to present your fly in a vertical manner.the fly and all line are suspended or floating in or on the water.this enables fish to move laterally away from harm.i am not suggesting that all fly fisherman practice this way,but if you see an indicator it is most likely this is how they are fishing.last i fish with a gentleman who was using a sinking tip,which has several feet of sinking line and not only did he not snag a fish,he did not catch any fish either. coho malone
Posted by:


Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  FISHED THE MAD TODAY, I HOOKED TWO NICE FRESH ONES AND ONE BIG OLD SORE TAIL KING SALMON.MY PARTNER LANDED FOUR BUCKS,TWO WERE FRESH. SAW SEVERAL OTHER GUYS WITH FISH. LIKE THE LAST GUY SAID YOU HAVE TO FIND A SPOT AND KEEP AT IT.THE BIT WILL COME.
Posted by:


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I doubt that fishing will be worthwhile for at least two weeks only if the rain stops for a while. Fish are there...but the high water levels will make it tough. Best not to plan a trip until the flow rate is less than 1500 CFS. Go to: "Ca river levels" for info...it's a good web page
Posted by:bob p11


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Thanx for the heads up! Is the river fishable below the hatchery yet?
Posted by:Sal Monella


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  How soon to fish? Makes no difference...I seldom land any...but I do want to fish!
Posted by:bob


Mad River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  fished all day. Pretty Slow.
Posted by:


Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  hooked 20 fish but the majority of the fish are DARK. Saw a few chromers and had a chance at a handful of em but no success. A lot of fishermen hitting the river daily but when it drops lower and clears up it will be bait and plugs !
Posted by:DMan Fishkiller


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Trust me. Rain will come in abundance the first week in November or sooner. It will continue until December 20 and will stop. On or about December 30th water conditions will be good. It will be a banner year for Hatchery Steelhead. And fishing will be excellent until mid-February. So I'm dreaming!
Posted by:bob p rpce@sbcglobal.net


Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  Not a bad day hooked one and landed one (a nice hatchery hen about 4 lb.) before I had to go to work. After work I fished and lots of fishermen and I only saw one more landed. Kind of slow, but some is better than none.
Posted by:paul johnson pjohnson200844@yahoo.com


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Hey abalone girl... thanks for the report if you want to trade intell from my local rivers for yours on the mad please email me
Posted by:john jfksteelie@sbcglobal.net


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Try USAFishing.com and go to weather section. Click on rivers and go to mad river/redwood creek. Hope that helps
Posted by:


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  fished all day. Pretty slow.
Posted by:


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Cool site
Posted by:Pat Williams bjq-Williams6426@damailbox.com


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  The Madd will fish at 8-9 feet on the usgs. But expect the water to be dirty.
Posted by:


Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Very Well said and accurate
Posted by:


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  to RB: I agree. Numerous times in the last 10 years, and often, I have fished a little above the Hatchery all the way down to the bridge. Many anglers at the usual hot spots...but few fish caught. Then I read about some mysterious dreamer that reports on this site (no name ever) that he had 20 hookups. My best guess is that he may be one of the Drift Boat starving Guides! I'm optimistic! This year, rain or not, will be a banner year for Hatchery Steelhead. My best guess is January 21 to February 14.
Posted by:bob p11


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Jeff Peters, did you go to school? because we have no idea what you are trying to say.
Posted by:Polar Shrimp


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  WHY do people get sooooo angry about this issue?....As long as they are using LEGAL tactics....Follow the letter of the law regarding bag limits...RELEASE native fish and foul hooked fish....and use barbless hooks....WHO CARES!....Must you prove and proclaim your superiority?.....Just like a bowhunter (which I am) screaming for a ban of rifle hunters because of an unfair advantage....Simply ridiculous ....Let em fish, we are all in this together.
Posted by:E. Coli EqualAccess@aol.com


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  My fishing experience is this, since you asked. I have fished the northcoast for 25 years. The only guys using beads around here are snagging fish. OOPs sorry, lining or flossing.maybe this is common practice in other places where fish aren't a threatened species. By the way glow bugs and worms are more like yarn and rubber, fish do eat those. And mybe fish do eat plastic like corkies and what not but bead fishing around here is done with a long leader and keeps it straight. It does not suprise me a guy defending lining fishes on spawning redds. Great for the future runs buddy!!Go back were you came from.
Posted by:legal beagle wpatterson@yuroktribe.nsn.us


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  There are two DOC'S on this board
Posted by:DOC JOHNSON


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  All this infighting is so foolish. I'm an avid bowhunter, I love the challenge of having to be a better hunter, having to sneak closer and using all my skills to be successful. Do I criticize those using LEGAL hunting methods that are EASIER such as riflhunters that can kill out to 1000 yards??? If someone wants to employ a LEGAL fishing method that dosesn't tale the skill of other methods, let them AS LONG AS THEY FOLLOW THE LETTER OF THE LAW (Barbless, Obey Limits and RELEASE NATIVE FISH AND THOSE FOUL HOOKED FISH) NO PROBLEM, WISH EVERYONE THOUGHT THIS WAY. NO NO
Posted by:


Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Overcast 
Comments:
  Went for the third time this week and got skunked for the third time this week. Saw a big ole hen hoppin' around, but shes was kind of off colored. Saw two or three people walkin' off with hatchery chromies. Be safe and tight lines.
Posted by:z hendo


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  To the poster below. Eel River is closed until we get more rain.
Posted by:


Mad River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  Sorry, but my comment on snagging was meant for the Mad River. Please read the posting for 5/24 there. Guy sounds like a real smart feller.
Posted by:fred fly


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  How has the fishing pressure been recentley? Are they starting to "line" up below the hatchery yet? What is the water color as of late? Looking forward to making a trip over there, just don't want to fight the crowd. Anyone been latley? NCD
Posted by:North_Coast_ Drifter


Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  water and weather perfect no fish worst ive seen ever
Posted by:axe


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I had heard a report from a reliable source of steelhead in the Mad below the Cattle crossing before the most recent storm and river rise. Fresh fish should be moving in now. How's the fishing Tony?
Posted by:


Mad River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Mostly Cloudy 
Comments:
  fished the 7th...lotta fish near the hatchery....i hooked into 2 and both threw the hook....saw several ppl have 4-5 fish day....I spoke with a hatchery empleyee....says there's been over 400 steelies through the ladder in 2 weeks and they just released about 300 back into the river....all in all....was a very active day on the Mad
Posted by:Da Bear


Mad River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I think there is some serious mis-information being played here... Fished the Mad four times this year...Yes, long lining, While perfectley LEGAL is always trashed by the purists...I hear these antagonist's tales of huge crowds of snaggers grippin & rippin great big hooks and keeping foul hooked fish...Sorry guys ain't buyin it...The more people there actually puts pressure on guys to release foul hooked fish...BIG hooks sink to the bottom and snag in the rocks...To tell you the truth, the one person I saw foul hooking steelhead off their reds was A FLYFISHERMAN!!!!!! The water continues to clear and shoul be productive this weekend for bait & hardware.
Posted by:T Bones hookinupfat@aol.com

Other Reports

Klamath | Trinity | Mad | Smith | Redwood Creek | Mattole | Van Duzen | Eel | Other
All Reports