Root River Racine Wisconsin


Whether you are an experienced fisherman or a family desiring to make a memory, you can have success fishing the waters of the beautiful Root River.

The Root River is a major tributary to Lake Michigan. This quiet river boasts world-class trout and salmon fishing, and hosts perch, bass, and pike among others. The WI DNR operates the Root River Steelhead facility in Lincoln Park and provides seasonal fishing updates. During the spawning season, the Root River fills up with avid anglers from around the world, and fishermen find solace and success on the Root River through all four seasons. Whether fishing from the banks, in-stream, on the ice, or in a boat, sportsmen will delight in this quiet urban refuge.

Fishing in Racine

Racine County knows a thing or two about fishing! With enormous Lake Michigan, beautiful inland lakes and the picturesque Root River, we offer something for all anglers. Lake Michigan is home to lake trout, Coho salmon, Chinook (King) salmon, Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout (steelheads). Whether you launch your own boat, hire a charter boat or fish along the shore, Racine County is an exceptional place to land trophy-sized fish.

Off the shores of Racine, the various underwater ridges are a favorable environment for large salmon and trout.


Racine County’s inland lakes and rivers present many great spots for fishing action!

The Root River, which runs through parts of Racine, is renowned for fly fishing for chinook, cohos, steelhead and brown trout. The Root River Steelhead Facility, located in Lincoln Park off Dominik Drive, is operated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to collect eggs and fish for hatchery purposes. During the spring and fall spawning seasons, you may watch fish through viewing windows and a holding pond.

Brown’s Lake located near Burlington has ample bluegill, large mouth bass, Northern pike, walleye and yellow perch. At its maximum depth, Brown’s Lake runs 50 feet deep and spans 396 square acres. The lake is accessible via four boat ramps. Launch fees apply.

The Fox River in western Racine County offers fishing opportunities as it winds through the communities of Waterford, Rochester and Burlington. It is accessible at several local parks.


Best Time of Day to Fish: Early Am to Late PM

Best Stretch: Lincoln Park and next to Wier Collection Facility

Best Access Point: Lincoln Park

Fish Species: Lake Run Brown Trout, Steelhead, Pacific Salmon

Fishing Season: Spring and Fall

Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader

Recommended fly fishing tippet: OX Tippet

Best fly fishing rod: 9′ 8 Weight Fly Rod

Best floating fly line: Salmon/Steelhead WF Fly Line

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. The facility was built in 1992-93 to help the Wisconsin DNR more effectively manage Lake Michigan’s trout and salmon fishery. Each fall and spring, migrating chinook salmon, coho salmon, brown trout and rainbow trout (steelhead) enter the streams as part of their spawning ritual.