It’s almost Winter Steelhead season on the North Coast! And with the winter run of fish to the Mad River Hatchery, comes the annual Nor-Cal Guides and Sportsmen Association’s Mad River Steelhead Derby. This event is held on the Mad River and is a hatchery fish only derby. The Derby starts on January 15 and runs until February 29. That’s almost two months to catch a fish. The three largest Steelhead in the adult and the youth division are eligible to win cash from Derby sponsors. Even if you don’t catch a big fish, you’ll be entered to win all kinds of raffle prizes just for signing up. Other prizes include a Winner Take All Raffle dream package, crazy amounts of fishing tackle, rod and reel combos, ocean and river trips with a professional guide or you can win a 2-night Air-B-N-B stay just minutes away from the Mad River. Sign up online at MadRiverSteelheadDerby.com or locally at RMI Outdoors in Eureka. See you on the river. Awards ceremony at Mad River Brewing Co in Blue Lake on March 3.