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Root River Report

Steelhead at Root River 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 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 April 16, 2018

Water conditions have remained cloudy but anglers have confirmed visualization of fish along the river. Rains have brought an increase in water level and the new snowfall should only raise that level more. The temperature of the Root River has remained constant with an average temperature of 41.8 degrees.

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

Fishing Information

Root River continues to be heavily fished by both local and non-local anglers. Fishing pressure remains moderate to high with the highest level of pressure still in found in Lincoln Park near the weir. Weather conditions have yet to improve as snow showers and freezing rain have dampened the morale of anglers. Steelhead remains the top target yet no success was reported during survey times. The final process day at the Root River Weir was on Monday, April 16th. After that date fish can freely swim up and down the Root River without passing through the weir. The Root River Weir will start back up again this fall for the Chinook run.

Root River Steelhead Facility Report

As of - April 16, 2018  
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 1,046      
Passed Upstream 984      
Taken to Hatchery        
Spawned at Facility 519      
Egg Take

CC - 648,000

GN - 622,000

Last revised: Wednesday April 18 2018