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Root River Report

Fishing Wisconsin

Root river station

The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY at 4 p.m. from September through December, and from March through May. We will also update the number of fish processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility to give you the exact number of fish passed upstream. Depending on water conditions and the number of fish in the weir, fish are usually processed on Mondays and Thursdays.

In addition, you can check out our Lake Michigan Outdoor Report for the latest fishing information on Lake Michigan and Green Bay.

Root River Steelhead Facility

Lake Michigan trout and salmon don't successfully reproduce in Wisconsin streams, so the DNR gives Mother Nature a hand. Watch fisheries crews collect eggs and milt from spawning fish to create the next generation of steelhead to challenge anglers.

Root River Fishing Report for April 26, 2021

The Root River saw a decrease in angling activity this week as the steelhead run continues to wind down. Snowy conditions also caused low angler effort during the middle of the week. Most anglers that were spotted were still targeting steelhead. The majority of the angling activity continues to be seen from Lincoln Park up to the Horlick Dam. A handful of steelhead were successfully caught, and the anglers who were most successful were using flies or spawn on fly fishing rods. Water levels on the river remain low due to a lack of rain. The water clarity on the river remains low, and the water temperature at the end of the week was in the low 50s.

Root River Steelhead Facility Report


Root river fish display

The steelhead run is winding down in the Root River, and we shut down the facility on Thursday, April 22. Here are the final numbers for the season:


TOTALS as of April 22, 2021
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 596      
Passed Upstream 429      
Taken to Hatchery        
Spawned at Facility 237      
Egg Take Approx.