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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 from March through May. 

For the latest fishing information on Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay, check out the Lake Michigan Outdoor Report

Root River Steelhead Facility

Lake Michigan trout and salmon are unable to successfully reproduce 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 Nov. 1, 2021

The creel survey season has ended on the Root River. Check back for fishing updates in spring 2022.

Root River Steelhead Facility Report

Root river fish display

Nov. 15, 2021 was the 11th and final processing day at the Root River Steelhead Facility. The water temperature in the facility was 39° Fahrenheit. Flows on the river remained low. The facility is closed for the season and will resume operations in spring 2022 during the steelhead migration.

TOTALS AS OF NOV. 15, 2021
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 55 2,174 2,340 12
Passed Upstream 15 1,634 2,263 12
Spawned at Facility     608  
Egg Take