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High school students are encouraged to check out the DNR's inland trout stamp and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp design contests for next year.

DNR trout coordinator Joanna Griffin says this is the second year where high school students were asked to submit artwork to be considered for the stamp.

Artwork for the contest must be received or postmarked by July 3. . Students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 or the equivalent, attending public, homeschool, private or parochial schools in Wisconsin during this year are eligible.

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A survey of Wisconsin trout anglers finds more than half are satisfied with DNR regulations. 

The DNR says the survey was the most comprehensive of Wisconsin trout anglers ever done, with more than 500 anglers returning the nearly 20 page survey. 
DNR sociobiologist Jordan Petchenik says its goal was to get a better measure of what trout anglers are doing and thinking. 

“Not just their behavior, in terms of their time on the water, but also in terms of their preferences and their assessment of the program itself.”

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While much of the focus has been on the state's Walleye Initiative to put more survivable-sized walleyes into lakes and rivers, another large scale fish stocking effort is underway.

The DNR reports more than 316,000 catchable size trout are being stocked in waters across the state.

DNR state fish production manager Dave Giehtbock says the snow and cold slowed the trout stocking this year, but they should be ready by the fishing opener May 3....