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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 Nov. 1, 2023

Our creel survey season has ended for the year. Updates will be posted again starting in the second half of March 2024.

Root River Steelhead Facility Report for Nov. 13, 2023

Root river fish display


The fall season is winding down at the Root River Steelhead Facility. Our 13th fish processing day was Monday, Nov. 13. The water temperature in the weir dropped to 44 degrees Fahrenheit, and the river was slightly higher than last week at 80 cubic feet/second. The rain last week brought a few fresh coho in. The facility will be shut down for the year later this week.

Totals as of Nov. 13, 2023
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 17 2,409 2,010 13
Passed Upstream 9 2,342 1,939 13
Spawned at Facility     611