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Root River Report

Root river station

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 22, 2019

Water clarity has improved over the past week as the levels continue to fall.

Fishing Information

The steelhead run is starting to slow down resulting in lighter fishing pressure than there was the last few weeks. Angler catch rates have picked up a bit, though there was no difference above or below the facility. Steelhead were being caught on spawn sacs as well as crank baits and spoons.

Root River Steelhead Facility Report

Our fifth spring processing day for the Root River Steelhead Facility was April 22nd. This was our final spring processing day for the year. The spawning crews hit their egg take goal last week, so no additional spawning occurred this week. The run appears to be slowing down. We only handled 40 new steelhead at the facility. We did have approximately another 20 fish that were recaptured from previous processing days.

Root river fish display

The department would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to the Salmon Unlimited Club volunteers who diligently opened and closed the viewing window every day this spring! The facility will now be closed over summer. We look forward to seeing you all again in the fall!

FINAL TOTALS: April 22, 2019  
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 742      
Passed Upstream 651      
Taken to Hatchery N/A      
Spawned at Facility 445      
Egg Take Chambers – 632,758
Ganaraska – 559,925
Last revised: Wednesday April 24 2019