Blue Stream Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Report for:

Root River - 60th st - Wisconsin

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Midday #18-#24 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Winter Stoneflies Midday #14-#18 Black Stonefly Nymph
February Midges Midday #18-#24 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Winter Stoneflies Midday #14-#18 Black Stonefly Nymph
March Blue Winged Olive Midday #18-#20 BWO Dry Fly, Pheasant Tail Nymph
Little Black Caddis Late Afternoon #18-#20 Elk Hair Caddis (Black)
April Blue Winged Olive Midday #16-#18 BWO Dry Fly
Little Black Caddis Late Afternoon #16-#18 Elk Hair Caddis (Black)
May Sulphurs Evening #16-#18 Sulphur Dry Fly
Caddis Late Afternoon #14-#16 Elk Hair Caddis
June Light Cahills Evening #14-#16 Light Cahill Dry Fly
Caddis Late Afternoon #14-#16 Elk Hair Caddis
July Terrestrials All Day #10-#16 Ants, Beetles, Grasshoppers
Tricos Early Morning #20-#24 Trico Spinner
August Terrestrials All Day #10-#16 Ants, Beetles, Grasshoppers
Tricos Early Morning #20-#24 Trico Spinner
September Blue Winged Olive Midday-Evening #18-#20 BWO Dry Fly
Terrestrials All Day #10-#16 Ants, Beetles, Grasshoppers
October Blue Winged Olive Midday-Evening #18-#20 BWO Dry Fly
October Caddis Late Afternoon-Evening #8-#12 October Caddis Dry Fly
November Blue Winged Olive Midday #18-#20 BWO Dry Fly
Midges Midday #20-#24 Zebra Midge
December Midges Midday #20-#24 Zebra Midge
Winter Stoneflies Midday #16-#18 Black Stonefly Nymph

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Root River on 60th Street offers a variety of hotspots ideal for fly fishing enthusiasts. The diversity of fish species and picturesque surroundings make it unmissable.

The recommended hot spots include:

  • The Quarry: An area that provides excellent shelter for fish.
  • The Estuary: Ideal for its calmer waters and scenic beauty.
  • Eagle Bluff: Known for significant fish movement, perfect for active fishing.
  • Lincoln Park: A vast area with numerous fishing spots along the river bank.

Each spot offers a unique experience, hence one can choose based on their fishing preferences. For example, Lincoln Park is perfect for quiet, leisurely fishing, whereas Eagle Bluff is more suited for those interested in active fishing. Keep in mind the spots may require a walk or hike to reach.

Best Access Points

The Root River, famous for steelhead runs, offers great access points for fly fishing, especially around 60th street.

  • Lincoln Park: Located at 5900 N. Milwaukee River Parkway this location has golden, brown, and rainbow trout accessible in various stretches.
  • North Green Bay Avenue: Near to 60th street, fishers enjoy calm waters and copious amounts of salmon. Fantastic location during fall.
  • Estabrook Park: Situated on 4400 N. Estabrook Drive. Known for prime fish spotting, anglers have been particularly successful near the dam.
  • Kletzsch Park: A favored fishing location due to the diverse variety of fish species, located in 6560 N. Milwaukee River Parkway.
  • Colonel Jacobus Park: Although slightly upstream, located at 6501 W. Hillside Lane, it’s known for bountiful catches right off the banks.

Local Fish

  • Chinook Salmon: Commonly referred to as King Salmon. This species attracts numerous fly anglers to the Root River.
  • Coho Salmon: Smaller than Chinook, they’re a favorite among fly fishermen due to their exciting fight.
  • Steelhead Trout: Widely appreciated for their strong fight and aerial acrobatics. Fly Fishermen specially target them in spring and fall runs.
  • Brown Trout: Native to Europe, Brown Trout are noted for their wariness and tricky feeding habits, making them a challenging catch for the serious fly angler.
  • Rainbow Trout: A favorite among fly fishermen. They are known for their beautiful coloration and strong fight.
  • Brook Trout: Found in small, cool streams, these fish are attractive targets for fly fishermen who prefer smaller waters.
  • Walleye: This species prefers deep, cold water and are nocturnal, making them an exciting and challenging species to target with fly gear.
  • Northern Pike: Known for their aggressive hits and thrashing fights, northern pike are a thrill for any fly angler.

About The River

The Root River, flowing south and eastward through Wisconsin, is a stream beloved by locals and tourists alike. It originated nearly 50,000 years ago during the glacial period, carving a remarkable path from its source in the city of New Berlin to the city of Racine, where it drains into Lake Michigan.

At 60th Street, the river offers a picturesque escape with recreational spots dotting its landscape. It’s celebrated for its:

  • Fishing spots – Renowned for its brown trout, steelhead, and Coho salmon.
  • Paddling adventures – Popular among canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts.
  • Lush paths – Treasured by hikers, joggers, and wildlife observers.

In addition to its delicately balanced ecosystem housing numerous species, the Root River also plays a significant role in the region’s history, being instrumental in the growth of the milling industry during the 1800s. From a prehistoric glacial stream to today a recreational hub, the Root River ever continues its journey, creating enduring stories.

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