Hundreds of drawings were submitted this year to Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) for the annual Nevada Free Fishing Day Poster Contest, but one stood out above the rest. The 2019 Nevada Free Fishing Day Contest winner is Molly Raymond, a fourth-grade student at Jessie Beck Elementary School in Reno. Molly included a letter with her entry in which she described the photo as her and her grandfather (Papa) fishing for Lahontan Cutthroat trout.
Second place goes to fifth grader Emma Windous of Sage Elementary in Spring Creek, and third place belongs to fifth grader Kaitlin Pollard of French Ford Middle School in Winnemucca.
The poster contest is in its 18th year. Most of the fourth and fifth grade students who participate in the competition are also active in NDOW’s Trout in the Classroom (TIC). TIC is an educational program tied to fourth and fifth grade curricula; teaching students about the science, art, recreation and other values of fish and aquatic life.
First place winner receives their artwork reproduced on the 2019 Nevada Free Fishing Day poster, a free fishing rod and reel, a framed copy of the poster, artwork in the 2020-2021 Nevada Fishing Guide, an award certificate, and a free fishing excursion for the student and his/her family with an expert angler. The two runners-up receive a free fishing rod and reel, their artwork in the 2020-2021 Nevada Fishing Guide, and an award certificate.
Teachers interested in submitting artwork next year, please contact NDOW Public Information Officer Beth Kenna at 775-688-1998.
First Place (Molly Raymond, 4th Grade, Jessie Beck Elementary School, Reno)
Second Place (Emma Windous, 5th Grade, Sage Elementary School, Spring Creek)
Third Place (Kaitlin Pollard, 5th grade, French Ford Middle School, Winnemucca)