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.

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

Save the Date - our annual banquet is in-person this year but about a month later than in past years. We are scheduled for Friday, March 25th at Cedar Creek in Onalaska.

January is sure to be a special meeting - we are hosting TU-DARE project manager, Jeff Hastings who is planning on retiring at the end of April this year. We will be at Gasser's Bar and Grill in Viroqua on January 19th at 7 PM. We will also have the meeting on Zoom (registration required) for those that can not attend in person. For more details, please see the Facebook event and our calendar page.

Membership meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of the month from September through April and the begin at 7PM. Meeting are in-person and on Zoom - select which works best for you! Meeting locations change to better allow members from different locations to attend our meetings. See Facebook and your e-mail for details about guests and locations.

Zoom registration for any of the meetings is at:


Recent events:

  • 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!