MADISON, Wis. – Five Wisconsin artists created six top entries for the Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Stamp and the Inland Trout Stamp contests organized by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Following online voting, the top five designs from each category advanced for consideration by a panel of judges. The judges then ranked the entries and images of the first, second and third place winners will be displayed August 4 through the 14 at the Wisconsin State Fair.
“The winners include some of the top wildlife artists in the state and the submissions reflect their dedication to outdoor subjects,” said Joanna Griffin, DNR trout coordinator. “We believe the winning stamps convey both the excitement of sportfishing and the beauty of the resource.”
The Wisconsin Inland Trout Stamp winner is artist William Millonig of Campbellsport, whose previous credits include the 2013 Waterfowl Stamp, the 2010 Pheasant Stamp and the 2009, 2002 and 1995 Inland Trout Stamps. His stamp features a brown trout with a fly in its mouth. Second place went to Virgil Beck of Stevens Point and third place went to Robert Leum of Holmen.
The Wisconsin Great Lakes Trout and Salmon Stamp winner features a steelhead hooked on a perch imitation spoon by artist Craig Fairbert of Ladysmith. Fairbert also paints wildlife and won the 2010 Wisconsin Trout Stamp Contest. Second place went to Virgil Beck of Stevens Point and third place went to John Nemec Jr. of Peshtigo.
In addition to purchasing a state fishing license, anglers who wish to pursue trout and salmon must purchase an inland trout stamp or a Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp depending on the waters they intend to fish. Revenue from the stamp sales is used for restoring and maintaining habitat and in the case of the Great Lakes stamp, for stocking and rearing trout and salmon.
An annual fishing license costs $20 while an inland trout stamp or Great Lakes trout and salmon stamp both run $10. To learn about other licensing options and discounts or to purchase your license, visit GoWild.wi.gov.