Humboldt Steelhead Days, January – March, 2017

Fish on the Trinity, Mad Or Eel river during the peak of the winter run!

Fishing Contest and Spawning Tours

Produced by Mad River Alliance, California Trout,
The Mountain Community and Culture Board and Humboldt Lodging Alliance


Three Steelhead Watersheds

Pick your favorite spot!

Join the fun

Humboldt Steelhead Days is a fishing contest paired with all kinds of fishy events as well as the newly added fish spawning tours!

Fish for Humboldt steelhead during the peak of the run, January 1 through March 31, and then join us for several HSD events in Blue Lake, Willow Creek, Eureka, Arcata, Fortuna and Scotia as well as the Peak of the Run BBQ Dinner on Feb. 11 in Eureka. The Peak of the Run Dinner will include a silent auction, a presentation about the history of restoration in Humboldt County by Thomas Dunklin.

Your $10 donation is also your registration for the steelhead fishing competition. Proceeds from HSD events will go to river restoration, education, conservation, and community efforts by the non-profit partners: Mad River Alliance (Mad River), Cal Trout (Eel River) and Mountain Community & Culture (Trinity River).

  • Registered anglers can fish on the Trinity, Mad or Eel River on any day during the contest and will be eligible to win more than $10,000 in cash, outdoor prizes from our sponsors and partners
  • In order to win, all steelhead must be photographed and posted to the HSD Facebook page with #humboldtsteelheaddays
  • All wild fish must be photographed in the water and released; hatchery steelhead may be kept and out of the water for a photo

Donate or Sponsor Us!

To sponsor Humboldt Steelhead Days, CLICK HERE! For more info, email or call 707-382-6162.

Mad River Survey

Mad River Alliance is in the process of updating our Strategic & Operational Plans, and would like to hear from the public in this short survey. Mad River Alliance is a community-driven group working to protect clean local water and the ecological integrity of the Mad River watershed for the benefit of its human and natural communities. We are collecting as many responses as we can by May 6th!


Humboldt Steelhead Days encourages anglers of all types to get out and enjoy our northern California watersheds. HSD highlights local conservation, education, and restoration relating to steelhead and the health of the Trinity, Mad and Eel River watersheds. Please visit for more information about Humboldt County Lodging and things to do.