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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 on the big pond.

Root River Fishing Report for October 17, 2016

The Root River is currently flowing at 47cfs. The water level has risen, but not much rain is in the forecast for the week so water levels will likely drop again. The water is much more turbid from runoff, reducing visibility to approximately 10in. Overall fisherman are still having a difficult time getting salmon to bite. The water temperature upstream of the steelhead facility is 59F and 62F downstream near the harbor. 

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
There was not much angling pressure upstream of the facility this week. Most of the fishing pressure has been near the Horlick Dam and Quarry Lake Park. Only one fish was reported caught. The angler reported using an orange yarn egg to catch the king salmon. So far a total of 520 kings, 172 cohos, 4 steelhead, and 3 brown trout have been passed upstream of the facility.

Downstream of The Steelhead Facility
Anglers have continued to have more success downstream of the facility, however the harvest numbers are still low. Most anglers are still focusing their efforts at Island Park and Lincoln Park. Anglers that caught fish reported using black wooly buggers, egg sucking leeches, yarn eggs, and spawn sacs. Most of the reported fish were kings, however, one brown trout and one coho were reported as well.


Root River Steelhead Facility Report

DATE: October 173, 2016 RIVER TEMP: 58
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 6 1,585 332 7
Passed Upstream 6 1,184 332


Taken to Hatchery        
Spawned at Facility


350,000 for Illinois    
Egg Take


Last revised: Tuesday October 18 2016