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Root River report: An update

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The weekend rains brought in fish to the Root. And the Wisconsin DNR has set up a nice system for reporting on the doings for fishermen of the Root. Details below.

Root River Report At the Root River Steelhead Facility, northeast of Racine in Lincoln Park, two 5x6 foot viewing windows thrill visitors who watch fish migrate upstream on their spawning runs. The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY 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 call our Lake Michigan Fishing Hotline at (414) 382-7920 to hear the latest fishing information for Lake Michigan and its tributaries or check out our Lake Michigan Outdoor Report

Root River Fishing Report for September 28, 2009
Water and flow conditions
Well, water levels have come up a bit, but they are still on the low side, but Sunday nights rain has brought about the begin of the salmon run all in one night.

For up to date river conditions, check out the USGS web site of stream flow conditions in Wisconsin. Just click on the river that you want to see.

Fishing Report
Still not really any fish above the weir, but the refuge area below the weir is now full of chinook as well as several steelhead. Lincoln park has not had much in terms of good fishing as the fish are not stopping until the weir dam. Downstream a bit in Island and Washington parks, fish are starting to really stack up in the deeper areas and bends of the river. With the low and clear water, fly fishermen have been having some good luck getting bit, with most fish being Kings. Whooley buggers have been tops. Others have been doing well fishing spawn sacs or skein just off the bottom. Numbers of fish will continually rise in the next few weeks and fishing should steadily improve throughout the river.

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