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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 on the big pond.

Root River Fishing Report for April 19, 2016

Water temperature started the week at 42F and was up to 52F on Sunday. Good conditions exist for catching steelhead on the river, flows are down and water clarity up.

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

Fishing Information

Fishing pressure on the Root increased with this weekend’s pleasant weather. Quite a few steelhead were being caught, especially from above the Steelhead Facility all the way up to Horlick Dam, with reports of most of these fish being spawned out. A large push of large suckers has also been seen this week. Baits of choice included large streamer fly patterns, orange or yellow egg patterns, spinners, and spawn sacs.


Root River Steelhead Facility Report

DATE: April 11 2016 RIVER TEMP: 46
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 1,353      
Passed Upstream 1,293    


Taken to Hatchery        
Spawned at Facility


Egg Take

Chambers Creek - 874,000

Ganaraska - 1,044,000

Last revised: Thursday April 21 2016