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Humboldt Steelhead Days, the annual winter fishing contest on two of the most scenic rivers in the country, the Mad and Trinity, is back for its sixth year with great fishing and fun from Jan. 19 until Feb. 23. Get your license, register and hit the rivers for your chance to win prizes — including cash — and every angler's favorite reward: bragging rights for the three biggest fish. There's also a separate photo contest in case you didn't snag a winner in the fishing contest.

When and where does it all start? At the Humboldt Steelhead Days Kick-off Party, Saturday, Jan. 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Mad River Brewing Co. & Tap Room (free). Register or sign up to enter the contest, meet the competition, win prizes, get your HSD merch, listen to music and have a good time. And $1 of every pint sold will be donated to Humboldt Steelhead Days.

This year the festival is proud to offer a kids fishing event where small fries and fingerlings can learn how to catch a fish from a live trout pond and then take it home. The Trout Pond — Kids Fishing Event takes place Sunday, Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Prasch Hall in Blue Lake ($10 suggested donation).

Get schooled at the family friendly and educational HSD Steelhead Expo on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Prasch Hall (free). Check out exhibitors, vendors, fly-tiers and enjoy demonstrations and presentations, and pick up HSD gear.

Wrap it up and take it home at the End of the Run & Steelhead Awards Party on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. back at Mad River Brewing Co. & Tap Room. There, the organizers of Humboldt Steelhead Days announce the fishing contest winners. Plus more silent auctions, drawings, giveaways, prizes, live music and speakers.

Sign up and register online now at www.humboldtsteelheaddays.com or in person at RMI Outdoors, Mad River Tackle and Mad River Brewing Co.

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