TPWD State-Fish Art Contest on Fish Art Friday

| March 14, 2014

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The State-Fish Art Contest is part of a conservation education program designed to spark the imaginations of students while providing valuable lessons about fish and the importance of conserving Texas’ aquatic resources. This is a nationwide art contest sponsored by Wildlife Forever, a national conservation organization. Students in grades 4 through 12 in public, private or home schools are invited to submit a drawing of an officially recognized state fish and a one-page essay on its behavior, habitat or conservation. Students in K-3 may also submit a drawing; the essay is not required for this age group.

A free lesson plan is available for assisting students who wish to enter the contest. Entries must be postmarked by March 31 each year and must comply with all rules and regulations. An official entry form must accompany all entries. For more information, watch this contest video.

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens is the official host for the Texas State-Fish Art Contest, and Texas entries are judged there. Winning Texas entries are forwarded to Wildlife Forever’s headquarters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, to compete for national awards.
State contest winners are invited to attend the national awards ceremony each summer. The Toyota Texas Bass Classic provides funds for cash prizes for Texas winners and for travel expenses for Texas first-place winners and their families to attend the national event. All Texas entrants receive a Strike King fishing lure and a certificate of participation.

Winning designs from past contests can be viewed on the official State-Fish Art website.

The contest is sponsored by Wildlife Forever, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Rapala, The Art Institutes International Minnesota, Mall of America, North American Fishing Club, Minnesota Twins, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bass Pro Shops, Wonders of Wildlife and Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Wildlife Forever is a conservation organization whose mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. Learn more at
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  1. shannon says:

    They scratch just like a roto boat, except they scratch through the surface color. No big deal really. It’s certainly easier to crack a thermo. Buy for your environment. I am about the same height, have surfing experience, so have good balance. The Chupa Cabra feels a little like a skateboard – front to back sliding. The Adios (@12′) has front to back and side to side stability. HOWEVER, the textured friction of a roto at 10′ may feel different!

  2. Tohner says:

    I am in brenham,Tx 77833. I am about 5’10” 185 and fairly agile. What happens to the bottom when you do have to portage with the thermo?

  3. shannon says:

    Hey Tohner,
    The roto-mold is a heavier boat. And that is a consideration with an aging kayaker population. However, I would think the primary conditions you are in are what makes the decision for you. River rocks and dragging portages = roto. Deep river running, slow and easy, lakes, less dragging portages = thermo. Depending on your size-weight, that would go into whether the 10 or 12 foot model. My demo Diablo is up for sale, if you want to hit me up with an e mail. Where are you located again?

  4. Tohner says:

    This comment is way off topic but I need your educated opinion on Diablo boats. I am on the verge of buying a diablo I like both the chupacabra and adios. I like the amigo less because they switched over to roto molded which I understand that they are cheaper to build and much tougher which definitely makes sense for the rental market, but the lines are not as sharp as they are on the thermo-molded. I really like the look of the thermo molded and also like the lightweight provided by the process. The roto-molded process leaves that dull hazy finish that makes it look like every other kayak out there. So my question is what do you think of the longevity of the thermo molded boat? I really like them but don’t want to spend the money on something that may not be tough enough. I tend to treat my boats with care but things can happen like running into a submerged log or grinding against rocks. Mostly I would be using it in small lakes,rivers,creeks. Thanks in advance for your two cents.
    Thanks, Tohner

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