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 in September. Look here and on our Facebook page for details about our activities.

We are looking for ideas for 2022-23 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

Our first 2022-23 membership meeting of 2022-23 was Wednesday, September 21st at 7 PM in Viroqua. PJ Smith gave a great talk about fall fishing in the Driftless. On October 19th, Sara Strassman, the new TU-DARE project manager, joined us to share her early experiences with TU-DARE and the future of the project. And our last meeting, we showed an EXCELLENT video by Jeff and Lynette Moore. Our last "meeting" of 2022 is a social gathering at Christos Taverna in La Crosse on December 14th, beginning at 6 PM.

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

  • September 21 - PJ Smith (PJ's Guide Service) will be our guest speaker and will talk about fall Driftless fishing. We will be at Gassers Bar and Grill in Viroqua. (Facebook event link)

  • October 19 - Sara Strassman, TU-DARE Project Manager, will talk about happenings with TU-DARE in West Salem at the Westview Inn. (Facebook event link)

  • November 16 - Jeff and Lynette Moore will present a video about the West Yellowstone, Montana area in Viroqua at Gassers Gar and Grill. (Facebook event link) Note that there will NOT be an online version of this meeting since it will be a film we are watching.

  • December 14th - Holiday Gathering - in La Crosse at Christos Taverna. Note this is the 2nd - NOT the 3rd Wednesday due to the proximity of the 21st to Christmas. There will be food provided - drinks are on your own. We will begin around 6PM and go for at least a few hours. There is no program for the meeting but we will play the Moore's video again.

Recent events:

  • November 21st - Jeff and Lynette Moore showed a video about places to fish around West Yellowstone.

  • October 19th - Sara Strassman, TU-DARE project manager spoke about her experiences so far and plans for the future.

  • September 21st - PJ Smith was our guest and he spoke about fishing the Driftless in fall.

  • August 6th - STREAM Girls was at the West Fork Sports Club in Avalanche and was a wonderful time. Thanks again to everyone that helped make it a success!

  • 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.