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Attention anglers and artists! Enter to win Wisconsin's trout stamp contests

Published by Central Office April 10, 2018

Contact(s): Joanna Griffin, DNR trout coordinator, 608-264-8953

MADISON - Artists and anglers - and those sharing both passions - are invited to submit their original artwork for the Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Stamp and the Inland Trout Stamp contests now through July 2.

The winning art will appear on the 2019 Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Stamp and the 2019 Inland Trout Stamp. More information on contest rules and the application are found online at dnr.wi.gov by searching "trout stamp contest."

"We're excited to continue to offer these contests and create awareness of Wisconsin's great trout and salmon fishing and the habitat improvement and stocking these stamps support," says Joanna Griffin, Department of Natural Resources trout coordinator.

Anglers fishing Lake Michigan or Lake Superior for trout and salmon are required to buy a $10 stamp to help support the rearing and stocking of chinook, brown trout and steelhead in these waters. The stamp was instituted in the early 1980s to make up for the loss of federal funding that previously paid for propagation of non-native trout and salmon.

Anglers fishing inland waters for trout are required to buy a $10 inland trout stamp and the revenues are used to support trout habitat improvement and habitat maintenance projects and trout population surveys. Wisconsin boasts over 13,000 miles of trout streams with over 5,000 classified as high quality, class I trout streams. Improvements funded by the trout stamp since the late 1970s have played an important role in increasing angler opportunities and the mileage of Class 1 trout streams from 3,536 miles in 1980 to more than 5,000 today.

The trout stamp contests had been discontinued in 2010 over declining interest by artists but were resurrected starting with the 2017 stamp year, when the contest was limited to adults. For the 2018 stamp year, DNR offered its first ever trout stamp contest for high school students and Taylor Konczal, a Stevens Point Area Senior High student, won both stamp contests. Her designs are featured on the Inland and the Great Lakes stamps for 2018. Anglers wanting to get the printed art stamps can pick them up an any DNR Service Center or can complete an online order form.

Get your 2018 inland trout stamp today at DNR service centers or by ordering online.
Get your 2018 inland trout stamp today at DNR service centers or by ordering online.

Get your 2018 inland trout stamp today at DNR service centers or by ordering online.

[feature image of attached Great Lakes trout stamp with caption: The Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Stamp was also designed by Taylor Konczal, a Stevens Point Area Senior High student. ]

2019 contest rules

The 2019 contests are limited to adults 18 and older. Subject matter for stamps must feature species of trout and salmon found in Wisconsin's waters or appropriate subject matter relating to trout and salmon fishing. Artists are not limited in their choice of colors or medium, but the medium selected must be of permanent quality such as pen and ink, oil, watercolor etching or pencil.

Once the artwork has been submitted, DNR will create an online gallery and open the voting through the web and Facebook in July. The top 10 entries from the online voting will then move to a final round of judging by a panel of three to five judges with expertise and interest in trout, salmon and wildlife art.

Entries must be delivered or postmarked by July 2, 2018, and sent to the Wisconsin Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Stamp Contest or the Wisconsin Inland Trout Stamp Contest, Attn: Trout Coordinator, Wisconsin DNR (FH/4), Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.

Questions may be directed to Joanna Griffin, DNR trout coordinator at Joanna.Griffin@Wisconsin.gov or 608-264-8953.

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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