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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 October 4, 2015

This weekend the flow dropped and few fish moved upstream. Anglers are reporting few fish seen or caught. The level of the river in Lincoln park makes the section under the pedestrian bridge a difficult section for the salmon to pass. No fish were observed directly below the weir or attempting to enter the weir.

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: Last week chinook were being caught at both Quarry park and the Horlick Dam, but low flows this week led to a decrease in fish being caught upstream of the weir. Quarry park received the most fishing pressure, while Colonial park received very little.


  • Below the weir: Fishing has been more productive downstream of the weir. Multiple chinook were caught in Lincoln park by anglers using fly fishing gear. Chinook and coho were also reported being caught at Island park.


Root River Steelhead Facility Report

DATE: September 28 2015 RIVER TEMP: 62
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured   21 5 12
Passed Upstream   2 5


Taken to Hatchery        
Spawned at Facility


Egg Take


Last revised: Monday October 05 2015