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Root River Report

Steelhead at Root River

The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY 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 call our Lake Michigan Fishing Hotline at (414) 382-7920 to hear the latest fishing information for Lake Michigan and its tributaries or check out our Lake Michigan Outdoor Report

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 on the big pond.

Root River Fishing Report for November 9, 2015

An increase of rain this week finally raised the flow in the Root. With the increased flow more fish were moving up the river. The Root River had normal flow for most of last week which brought in fresh fish from the harbor including a lot of coho slamon

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

Fishing Information

  • Above the weir: Upstream of the weir received much less pressure, but some anglers had success catching chinook at Quarry park. Fish will be processed this week at the weir so spots upstream should receive more pressure this week.
  • Below the weir: Anglers reported catches of coho, chinook and brown trout. Anglers commented that the chinook were looking very beat up while the coho look fresh. The most popular spots are Lincoln park downstream of the weir, where fly fishermen caught both chinook and coho and in Island park where anglers caught coho and brown trout using flies and small spinners.


Root River Steelhead Facility Report

DATE: November 9 2015 RIVER TEMP: 53
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 9 1,309 1,436 86
Passed Upstream 9 880 1,351


Taken to Hatchery        
Spawned at Facility


197 700  
Egg Take


432,000 931,000  
Last revised: Tuesday November 10 2015