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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 4:00 pm 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 number of fish in the weir, fish are usually processed on Mondays and Thursdays.

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Root River Steelhead Facility

Lake Michigan trout and salmon don't successfully reproduce in Wisconsin streams, so 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 October 16, 2017

The Root River is currently flowing at 154cfs. Water clarity has decreased to about 8 inches. Fishing has improved for anglers since the water flows have increased from the rain. Most anglers are concentrating their efforts below the steelhead facility.

For up to date river conditions, check out the USGS web site of stream flow conditions [exit DNR]  in Wisconsin.

Fishing Information

Upstream of The Steelhead Facility

More anglers decided to focus their efforts upstream this week. Most of the anglers fished at the Horlick Dam, however a few anglers fished at Quarry Lake Park and at Lincoln Park. A few anglers caught some king salmon on red, chartreuse, and orange yarn eggs. They were also caught on Dark colored wooly buggers. The water temperature was 56F.

Downstream of The Steelhead Facility

Most anglers fished downstream of the facility this week. Most of the anglers fished at Lincoln Park, however a few fished at Island Park as well. Most of the fish caught this week were caught at Lincoln Park on egg flies and wooly buggers. A few anglers were able to catch their limit as well. The water temperature was 57F.

Root River Steelhead Facility Report

We processed fish at the Root River Steelhead Facility on Monday, October 16. A total of 500 Chinooks, 149 coho, 2 rainbows, and 1 brown were captured on Monday, and seasonal totals are listed in the table below. Fish will be processed again on Thursday, October 19. More information can be found on the Root River Steelhead Facility Open House page.

As of - October 11, 2017  
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 3 1,589 197 1
Passed Upstream 3 990 192 0
Taken to Hatchery        
Spawned at Facility        
Egg Take        
Last revised: Tuesday October 17 2017