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 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. Fishing Charters of Racine is an association of 14 licensed captains who know the Lake Michigan hotspots. Visit

For an expert resource, go to Salmon Unlimited of Wisconsin, an organization dedicated in supporting the Lake Michigan fishery.


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 chinooks, cohos, steelheads 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, largemouth 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.

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