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.
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
Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 PM from September through April - with no February meeting because of the banquet.
December 13th - Holiday gathering at Christos Taverna in La Crosse (no formal program) - food is provided; drinks on your own. (Note that this is NOT the 3rd Wednesday of the month due to holidays - and we'll start at 6 PM.) Link to Facebook Event.
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. (Gassers Bar and Grill - Viroqua) Link to Facebook Event.
March 27th - Lauren Genske - High school student that attended the TU-Teen Summit. (Gassers Bar and Grill - Viroqua)
April 17th - Chris Firkus (Riparian Life) on big streamers for big trout in the Driftless Area. (Gassers Bar and Grill - Viroqua)
May 15th - our annual picnic in Coon Valley wraps up the 2023-24 season.
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)