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 resumed in-person and online meetings in September. Look here and on our Facebook page for details about our activities.

We are looking for ideas for next season's meetings - shoot 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

Many thanks to those that came to Coon Creek Trout Fest and those that helped make the day a success - after a wet start to the morning it turned out to be a great day! Thank you!


2022 Rod Raffle - We have tickets for a bamboo rod made for us to raffle to raise funds for stream work in the CRTU area. Tickets can be purchased at the Driftless Angler in Viroqua or by contacting Fred Spademan (, our chapter president. We will be sure to have them at summer events as well.

​We will be looking for volunteers for the Second Annual Stream Girls event we will be hosting this summer. It was a most excellent event and volunteers have (almost) as much fun as the girls! If you are interested assisting with the event this summer, please use the contact form. The tentative date is August 6th at the West Fork Sports Club in Avalanche.

Upcoming Events:
  • July 9th - La Crosse Youth Outdoor Fest (Facebook page) at Pettibone Park. CRTU will be there with many other outdoor groups.

  • June 25th - Coon Creek Trout Fest in Coon Valley (Facebook link) - we will need some volunteers to help with this kids fishing event. It starts at 9AM but we will be stocking fish at about  7:30 (assuming history holds true). Facebook Event link.

  • August - Tentatively August 6th - StreamGirls will be in Avalanche at the West Fork Sports Club again. We will be sure to keep you posted about the date and details as we approach August.

Zoom registration for any of the CRTU membership meetings is at: 


Recent events:

  • June 25th - We hosted probably 100 kids at Coon Creek Trout Fest in Coon Valley.

  • June 4th - we hosted the Tainter Creek Stream Days with their Farmer-Led Watershed Group and the Wisconsin State Council Spring meeting was hosted at the West Fork Sports Club in Avalanche.

  • Our May picnic was in Coon Valley was a lot of fun! Thanks to all that attended - it was a good mix of old and new friends.

  • Early in May, we helped the Southern Wisconsin and Nohr Chapters of Trout Unlimited for a work day planting trees on a new WDNR property Willow Creek in Richland County.

  • The last membership meeting of the year was April 20th - we'll be back in September. We should have the video recording of the Zoom meeting posted at some point. In the meantime, you can visit Jason's blog, The Scientific Fly Angler, for some of the posts the presentation was based on.

  • STIHL work day was April 6th on Bishop's Branch. STIHL generously donated $1500 of equipment to our chapter for being selected by the TU-DARE steering committee for our grant application.

  • The February membership featured women trout anglers - Marlene Huston and Donna Smith. They presented a variety of great resources for female fly anglers. Look for a page on our website to come with those links.

  • The soon to be retiring Trout Unlimited - Driftless Area Restoration Effort (TU-DARE) project manager, Jeff Hastings, presented about his career in stream restoration and where TU-DARE is going in the future at the February meeting. . Jeff did a fantastic job in that position and the next project manager has large shoes to fill! Thanks for the talk and your many years of service, Jeff!

  • December holiday Party was at Christos Taverna in La Crosse on December 15th - thanks for all that came out and joined us.

  • Kyle Zempel and Hannah Matousek (Black Earth Angling Co.) were our November membership meeting guests. The meeting was held at a new location - Gassers Bar and Grille in Viroqua. Kyle talked about the wonder that is the Lower Wisconsin Riverway - truly one of Wisconsin's great ideas!

  • October membership meeting featured Severin Tubbin, a Viroqua area high school junior, and Dr. David Schumann, a UW - La Crosse professor in Biology. Severin presented about his summer travels - many of which were COVID-impacted - and David talked about his journey to fisheries research and the work of his lab at UW-L.

  • September membership meeting - at the Westview Inn in West Salem, Dr. Al Gedicks talked about sulfide mining on the Menominee River in northeastern Wisconsin.

  • October state council meeting for Wisconsin Trout Unlimited was in Westby; several CRTU members attended and our President Fred Spademan ran the Zoom meeting. He also accepted the Silver Trout Award for the chapter and Jeff Hastings of TU-DARE received the Service Award of Merit at the meeting.

  • Stream Girls - August 21st at the West Fork Sports Club in Avalanche. Shannon Quie led this great event. Thanks to Shannon, Cam, Rebecca, Fred, Mike, and Jason for volunteering and to the West Fork Sports Club for providing facilities for this event. A great time was had by all!