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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's 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: Steelhead Spawning at Root River Steelhead Facility.

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Root River Fishing Report for Oct. 31, 2022

Root River anglers have caught coho and chinook salmon in Island, Lincoln and Quarry Lake parks, as well as below the Horlick dam. The most productive anglers have been using flies, egg imitations or spinner and crank baits. The river is low and the temperature has ranged from 46-51 degrees Fahrenheit.

Root River Steelhead Facility Report

Root river fish display

Our fall season’s 11th and final processing day was Monday, Oct. 31. The number of fish handled at the facility this fall is found in the table below. The facility has been shut down until next spring for steelhead spawning.

Totals as of Oct. 31, 2022
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 10 3,088 4,787 2
Passed Upstream 1 2,905 4,693 2
Spawned at Facility     793