Selected from a total of 363 entries, this year’s winners were all young ladies. The top spot went to fifth grader Stacey Horton from French Ford Middle School in Winnemucca. The two runners-up were sent in by Gabriella Perkins, a fifth grader from Bud Beasley Elementary in Sparks, and Josephine Payan, a fourth grader from Mark Twain Elementary in Carson City.
Horton becomes the second consecutive winner from French Ford Middle School. Her drawing will be featured on the 2012 poster promoting Free Fishing Day in Nevada and will also be on the 2013-14 Nevada Fishing Guide magazine. As the winner, she will receive a framed copy of her artwork and a fishing rod and reel. She and her family will also be treated to a guided fishing outing.
This year’s theme for the contest was “Go Fishing … Get Hooked!” A total of 363 entrants from 52 classrooms statewide participated in this year’s contest.
Free Fishing Day takes place on June 9. The statewide event allows anglers to fish any public fishing water in the state without a fishing license or trout stamp, while all limits and other regulations apply. Visit www.ndow.org to find out more about Free Fishing Day events taking place locally.