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Coulee Region TU is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. We welcome your donation to our chapter through our verified PayPal account.

About Coulee Region TU

Coulee Region Trout Unlimited is 501 c3 non-profit all volunteer organization and chapter #278 of Trout Unlimited. CRTU began in 1974 and serves Crawford, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, and Vernon counties in Wisconsin's Driftless Region.

CRTU was the recipient of the 2020-21 Wisconsin Trout Unlimited Silver Trout Award, thanks to all the work by our volunteers.

We resume in-person and online meetings each  September and they run through April - May is our annual picnic. Look here and on our Facebook page for details about our activities.

We are looking for ideas for 2024-25 meetings - send us a message on our "Contact us" page, through Instagram, or Facebook.

Coming to fish the Driftless? Check out the "Getting Started on Trout Fishing in the Driftless".

Watch WITU's Talking Trout with Jeff Hastings for more about stream restoration in the area, for Jason Freund talking about spring hatches, and Mat and Geri at the Driftless Angler about stream etiquette.

Join Coulee Region TU

Become a member of CRTU for half the normal $35 fee by using the link below for the national Trout Unlimited organization.  Choose chapter #278 from the menu and $15 of the $17.50 will stay with our chapter.  Your membership dues support the mission  of TU which is, "To conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds." 

News & Updates

Just one meeting and the annual picnic left this season!


​Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 PM  from September through April - with no February meeting because of the banquet.

  • May 15th - our annual picnic in Coon Valley wraps up the 2023-24 season. Coon Valley Memorial Park, Coon Valley, WI.



Recent events:

  • April 17th - Chris Firkus (Riparian Life) on big streamers for big trout in the Driftless Area. (Gassers Bar and Grill - Viroqua)

  • March 27th - Lauren Genske - High school student that attended the TU-Teen Summit. (Gassers Bar and Grill - Viroqua)

  • February 23rd - Annual Coulee Region TU banquet was a huge success!

  • Fly Tying events at the Old Oak Inn (Soldiers Grove) and Hotel Fortney (Viroqua).

  • January 17th - Brandon Thill, UW-La Crosse graduate student, Research on Driftless steams - effects on geology on stream habitat, temperature, and Brook and Brown Trout abundance.

  • November 15th - Rick Kyte, Viterbo University, Ethics and fishing etiquette, and UW - La Crosse Aquatic Ecology and Management Club, upcoming winter mortality study.

  • October 18th - Jacob Schweitzer, La Crosse County Land Conservation Specialist, Bostwick Creek Project.

  • September 20th - Erik Helm, Classical Angler, spoke about fall fishing in the Driftless Area in Viroqua.

  • Summer events - STREAM Girls at the West Fork Sports Club in Avalanche, Trout Fest in Coon Valley, Youth Outdoor Fest in La Crosse, Summer picnic in Coon Valley.

  • 2022-23 meeting presenters - P.J. Smith (PJ's Guide Service), Sara Strassman (TU-DARE), Bob Micheel (Monroe County Land Conservation Department), Kirk Olson (WDNR La Crosse Fisheries), Matt Sment (Tenkara Angler), Jeff and Lynette Moore (film on their West Yellowstone travels), and Mat Wagner and Nick Voss (Driftless Angler)

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