Hugo artist Nicholas Markell won the 2016 Minnesota Walleye Stamp contest. The painting was selected by judges from among eight entries for the annual contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Markell’s painting of a walleye throwing a lure and poised to escape will be featured on the 2016 walleye stamp. He and artist Stuart Nelson are the only two people to win the walleye stamp contest twice. Markell has also won the 2012 Trout and Salmon, 2013 Walleye and 2016 Turkey stamp contests.
The voluntary walleye stamp validation costs $5 but is not required to fish for or keep walleye. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers will be mailed the pictorial stamp. A pictorial collectable stamp without the validation is available for $5.75.
Walleye stamps are available year-round and are need not be purchased at the same time as fishing licenses. Four entries advanced as finalists and were selected Oct. 22 at DNR headquarters in St. Paul.
The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work. Revenue from stamp sales is used to purchase walleyes for stocking in Minnesota’s lakes. The 2015 walleye stamp is still available for purchase at all license vendors. More information about stamps is available on the contests page.