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Contest winners announced for 2020 Delaware Trout Stamp


2020 Delaware Trout Stamp - Best in Show. Please click on image for full-screen rendering.

2020 Trout Stamp - Best in Show
Artist: Jeffrey Klinefelter, Etna Green, Ind. - Rainbow Trout

  Delaware’s Freshwater Trout Program is a self-supporting fishery with funds derived from the state’s trout stamp program. Anglers fishing for trout have been required to purchase a trout stamp since 1955. Today, fees paid by anglers for trout stamps provide the Division with an average of $35,000 annually to purchase trout from commercial hatcheries. Every year in April, the Division stocks rainbow, brown and occasionally brook, tiger and golden rainbow trout in selected New Castle County streams and in one pond each in Kent and Sussex counties. A limited stocking also occurs in the fall at White Clay Creek. Because Delaware stream temperatures are marginal at best for trout survival in the summer, and no reproduction has been noted, stocked fish are meant to be taken, not caught and re-released.

Residents 16 to 64 years of age are required to have a Delaware Trout Stamp, which costs $4.20. Residents ages 12 through 15 years old are required to have a Young Angler Trout Stamp, which costs $2.10. Non-residents 12 years of age and older are required to have a Non-Resident Trout Stamp, which costs $6.20.

In 1979, the Division began an annual trout stamp art competition. Artists submit their entries to the Division and a panel of judges is convened to select the winning artwork that will become Delaware’s trout stamp for the following year. A prize of $250 is awarded to the winning artist.

The 2020 Trout Stamp will feature a painting of a rainbow trout by Jeffrey Klinefelter of Etna Green, Ind. for winning this year's contest.

Mr. Klinefelter will receive $250 for Best in Show and retains artist's rights for reproduction and sales of prints of the stamp. Other placements were: Second place, Eric Jablonowski, Suwanee, Ga., rainbow trout; Third place – Ryan Rickaby, Green Bay, Wis., brown trout; Honorable mentions – Jeffrey Klinefelter, Etna Green, Ind., brown trout; Ryan Peterson, Jackson, Wyo., brown trout; and Micah Hanson, St. Charles, Minn., brown trout.

The 2020 Trout Stamp judges were: Cathy Martin; angler; Noel Kuhrt, collector- angler; Roy Miller, angler; Ian Park, fisheries biologist; and Captain Nick Couch, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police. 


Trout Stamp Contest Rules


Collectors and buyers:

Delaware Trout stamps from 2017-2019 are available now for sale – click here for an order form.

For more infomation on Delaware trout stamps, please contact:
Division of Fish & Wildlife Licensing Section, 302-739-9918 or email:

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