Everything is a little different these days, thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and how and where we fish should be different, too.

That said, fishing can be perfectly safe if we take the right precautions, and we’re encouraging all TU members and supporters to get outside and go fishing, but to do so using wisdom and caution. To that end, we’re inviting everyone, whether they are a TU member or not, to share photos and stories with us that show anglers practicing #ResponsibleRecreation and, in the process, have a chance to win some great prizes from TU, including the grand prize of a 9-foot, 5-weight Sage X and a Sage Spectrum fly reel, among other items.

  1. Share photos of you and your family socially distancing while fishing.
    Use the #ResponsibleRecreation hashtag and tag @troutunlimited for a chance to win gear.
  2. Replace your personal and chapter or council Facebook avatar with our special #ResponsibleRecreation Facebook frame.


Thanks for all you do for TU.

Mailing Address

Wisconsin Clear Waters TU
PO Box 822
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Wisconsin Clear Waters is excited to announce the Al Noll Gilbert Creek Memorial Fund. Your donations to this fund will continue the improvement of Al’s favorite stream. Al even named his famous hunting partner (Dog) Gillie as a namesake to Gilbert Creek.

Plus, Wisconsin Clear Waters TU will match your donation to the Ojibleau Legacy Fund in Al’s name.

Dear Fellow Anglers

Most of us fly anglers who live in the Driftless are grateful for anglers from other regions and states who enjoy fishing here.  Fortunately there are plenty of streams and plenty of trout and I personally am a firm believer that trout streams need friends and advocates.  But please be aware that currently most Wisconsin counties in the Driftless region have a very low COVID-19 infection rate and most of us are doing our best to follow social distancing guidelines so that we can return to regular business and travel practices as soon as possible.

We are seeing a fair number of out of state vehicles on Wisconsin Driftless streams.  Some of them are from areas that are COVID-19 Hotspots.  Folks are coming from distances that make it necessary for them to stop at convenience stores, gas stations, restaurant take out, and secure overnight accommodations.  It is true that it is currently legal to fish in Wisconsin and out of state licenses are still for sale.  But I am asking, is it wise and in the best interest of your neighbors to come here at this time?

One local fly shop is encouraging people to only make day trips to areas they can fish.  I recognize not everyone can do this.  But I am inviting you to think carefully about whether a fishing trip that involves significant distance, social interaction at businesses and overnight accommodation is important enough to risk spreading infection to a region that is not suffering from community spread of COVID-19?

Author Peter Jonas


Simply make a post to any social media channel that shows you or your fishing family and friends practicing #ResponsibleRecreation (don’t forget the hashtag — we won’t be able to see your entry otherwise), and you’ll be automatically entered to win one of three prizes.

What does #ResponsibleRecreation look like? It’s simple.

  • Practice appropriate social distancing. The Centers for Disease Control recommend keeping six feet between you and other people. We’ll make it even easier — stay a rod’s length apart.
  • Wear a face covering when you come into contact with other anglers. A Buff or a mask can help keep you safe, and it’s a sign of respect for others who are trying to stay healthy during these trying times.
  • Avoid fishing from boats if you can — it’s tough to maintain social distance in a boat. If you must fish from a boat, remember to cover your nose and mouth with a mask or a gaiter.
  • Fish local. Stay close to home.
  • Drive to the river separately if you’re meeting a fishing buddy. Better yet, consider fishing alone (where that’s safe, of course).
  • If you don’t feel well, or are running a temperature, it’s best to stay home.

As always, the safety of our members and supporters is paramount. If getting outside and fishing doesn’t feel right to you, we get it. But, if you’re dying to get on the water — and it’s safe and legal where you live — we want you to do it right, and practice #ResponsibleRecreation.

That’s why we’re offering some great prizes — for contest rules and full rundown on what’s on the line for those tagging their social media posts with the #ResponsibleRecreation hashtag, check this out.

Please be safe. Be smart. And make the best choices for you and those you love. And good luck!

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