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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.

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 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 March 19, 2018

The Root River is currently flowing at 50 cfs which is well below the average for this time of year.. Water clarity is good but the temperture is still very cold (37) which will likely cause less movement of fish this week.

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

Fishing Information

Many anglers were present along the Root River; however, interviews show few fish were caught. Steelhead were the main target for anglers. Anglers report only catching four steelhead over the weekend and none were kept. Anglers interviewed at Quarry Park, Lincoln Park, Colonial Park or the Horlick Dam did not report catching any fish. Two steelhead were caught by an angler using a fly rod with spawn sacs around Island Park, and another was reported caught at Washington Park. Water Temperatures ranged from 34 to 40 degrees and averaged 37.75 degrees. Chilly weather conditions may have been a factor in the amount of fish caught.

Root River Steelhead Facility Report

We processed fish at the Root River Steelhead Facility on Monday, March 19 for the first time this year.

As of - March 19, 2018  
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 17      
Passed Upstream 17      
Taken to Hatchery        
Spawned at Facility        
Egg Take        
Last revised: Wednesday March 21 2018