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Root River Report Update

ROOT RIVER REPORT

FISHING WISCONSIN

Root river station

 

This page contains the latest fishing information for the Root River and the DNR's Root River Steelhead Facility in Racine County. Check back for updates on the number of fish processed at the facility, eggs collected and future processing dates. Please note that fish are typically processed on Mondays and Thursdays depending on water conditions and the number of fish in the weir. 

Updates are posted at 4 p.m. every Tuesday or Wednesday from September through December, and from March through May. 

For the latest fishing information on Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay, check out the Lake Michigan Outdoor Report

Root River Steelhead Facility

Lake Michigan trout and salmon are unable to successfully reproduce in Wisconsin streams. As a result, DNR fisheries crews collect eggs and milt from spawning fish to create the next generation of steelhead to challenge anglers.

Learn more: Steelhead Spawning at Root River Steelhead Facility

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Root River Fishing Report For October 24, 2021

The Root River continues to see high levels of angling activity over the past week as salmon numbers in the river remain high. Anglers remain spread out across the river with the highest concentration in Lincoln Park.

Anglers are targeting salmon using fly fishing tackle with flies or spawn. A mix of chinook and coho salmon were caught using a variety of flies.

Water temperatures have dropped due to the colder fall weather, and the water temperature near the Steelhead Facility by the end of the week was 52 degrees Fahrenheit.

Root River Steelhead Facility Report

Root river fish display

The sixth processing day and first coho spawning day at the Root River Steelhead Facility occurred Monday, Oct. 25. Following the recent rainful, river flows were at approximately 50 cfs and rising. The water temperature in the facility is 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The next processing day is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 28.

TOTALS AS OF OCT. 24, 2021
 Rainbow TroutChinook SalmonCoho SalmonBrown Trout
Total Captured 30 1,799 1,279 0
Passed Upstream 3 1,343 1,274 0
Taken to Hatchery        
Spawned at Facility     117  
Egg Take