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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 March 15, 2023

The steelhead run is on in the Root River, and fish have been found in various locations from the Horlick dam downstream to Washington Park. There is rain in the forecast late this week, and rainfall coupled with snowmelt will make the river high and muddy.

Root River Steelhead Facility Report

Root river fish display


The Root River Steelhead Facility is not operating yet this season. Stay tuned for updates.


Totals as of March 15, 2023
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured        
Passed Upstream        
Spawned at Facility