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Winners of 2010 Trout Stamp Design Contest an

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MADISON – With 28 brilliant displays of color and movement, it wasn’t easy choosing the winners of the 2010 Trout and Salmon Stamp Design contest. But two paintings hooked the judges and won the honor of appearing on next year’s edition of the stamps.

John Nemec Jr. of Peshtigo was the winner of the 2010 Great Lakes Trout and Salmon Stamp with his painting of multiple, sun-glistened chinook salmon making their way through the water, with one taking the bait.

For the 2010 Inland Trout Stamp, Craig Fairbert of Ladysmith nudged out the competition with a painting of a vibrant brook trout striking at a lure in a gravel-bottomed stream.

Craig Fairbert of Ladysmith, Brook Trout

Virgil Beck of Stevens Point was first runner-up in the Great Lakes Trout and Salmon Stamp contest with a coho salmon in a kaleidoscopic of blue, followed by second runner-up Arthur Anderson of Onalaska with his jumping chinook salmon.

First runner-up for the 2010 Inland Trout Stamp and a second win of the day was John Nemec Jr. with his golden brook trout rising to a fly. Larry Sieler of Laona took second runner-up with his battling brown trout.

Images of all six entries can be found on the Trout Stamp page of the DNR Web site.

The trout stamp design contest runs every year as it has for the past 30, even as electronic issuance of fishing licenses means the actual stamp is no longer required on the licenses. Instead, there’s a notation indicating which stamp privileges the license holder has purchased, if any. The actual stamps featuring this year’s winning images will be available March 1, 2010, and can be purchased by visiting the Bureau of Customer Service and Licensing in Madison or calling toll free 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463).

Wisconsin residents are invited to submit original artwork to be considered for the Great Lakes Trout and Salmon Stamp and the Inland Trout Stamp. Entries are accepted from February 1 of the contest year and must be postmarked no later than March 31.

Trout stamps are required by all anglers fishing inland waters for trout or fishing the Great Lakes for trout or salmon. Revenues from the sale of stamps restore, maintain and enhance Wisconsin’s trout and salmon fisheries.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Larry Claggett, fisheries biologist, (608) 267-9658.

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