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Root River Report

Fishing Wisconsin

Root river station


This page contains the latest fishing information for the Root River and the DNR Root River Steelhead Facility in Racine County. Check back for updates on the number of fish processed at the facility, eggs collected and future processing dates. Please note that fish are typically processed on Mondays and Thursdays, depending on water conditions and the number of fish in the weir. 

Updates are posted at 4 p.m. every Tuesday or Wednesday from September through December and March through May. 

Check out the Lake Michigan Outdoor Report for the latest fishing information on Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay. 

Root River Steelhead Facility

Lake Michigan trout and salmon are unable to reproduce successfully in Wisconsin streams. As a result, DNR fisheries crews collect eggs and milt from spawning fish to create the next generation of steelhead to challenge anglers.

Learn more about steelhead spawning at the Root River Steelhead Facility.

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Root River Fishing Report For April 15, 2024

Root River stream flows have finally dropped and water clarity has improved, but the steelhead run is coming to an end. Numbers of fish moving into the river have tapered off. The river temperature is about 58 degrees Fahrenheit, and the suckers have moved in.

Root River Steelhead Facility Report For April 15, 2024

Root river fish display


The Root River Steelhead Facility has been shut down after our eighth and final processing day on Monday, April 15. River flows on Monday were at 188 cubic feet per second, and the water temperature in the facility was 57 degrees Fahrenheit. The facility will be operational again for the salmon run in the Fall.

Totals as of April 15, 2024
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 1,236      
Passed Upstream 1,034      
Spawned at Facility 781