State-Fish Art is Open for Entries

WHATE BEAR LAKE, MN  - The season is now open for the 20th Anniversary State-Fish Art Contest, sponsored by Bass Pro Shops.  For all kids in Grades K-12 the deadline is March 31st.  You have to enter to win!  

Students across the United States and internationally have the opportunity to win prizes and recognition while learning about state-fish species, behaviors, aquatic habitats, and conservation.  The Art of Conservation® ignites children’s imagination while teaching them about fish and fishing.  Visit for all the details

"Connecting new audiences to the outdoors ensures conservation will have a strong voice for generations to come," remarked Bob Ziehmer, Senior Director of Conservation at Bass Pro Shops.  "State-Fish Art is another way of getting them hooked!"

To enter, young artists create an original illustration of their chosen fish from the official State-Fish List. A personal one-page written essay, story or poem based on behavior, habitat and/or conservation needs is also required and awarded.

Winning contestants from each state, plus Ontario, Canada and international entries, will be honored in four grade categories, K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, March 31, 2018. Judging will be held in April and winners announced on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

The 2018 State-Fish Art EXPO is swimming to Hot Springs, Arkansas on August 10-12 during the prestigious Forrest Wood Cup bass fishing world championship. The highly anticipated Wall of Fame will showcase the 1st place state-winners and national art/writing winners in the four grade categories.  The in-person voting for the People's Choice Award will be on the 10th and 11th.  The Seth Thomas Spradlin Best of Show Award winner will be announced on stage during the Cup.

This event is open to the public free of charge. Drop by and meet the staff at the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art booth.

Educators, Homeschoolers and Parents:  Visit the State-Fish Art website for complete details and to download the FREE Fish On! Lesson Plan or request it on a FREE CD here CD EMAIL

About the State-Fish Art Contest

The award-winning Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art® Contest is entering its 20th Anniversary year of bringing children, art and aquatic conservation together! To enter, young artists create an original illustration of any official state-fish and written words detailing its behavior, habitat, and efforts to conserve it. Entries are categorized in four grade levels: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Educators nationwide utilize Fish On!, the full-color State-Fish Art Lesson Plan, integrating the disciplines of science and art.  It is available on CD, at no charge, and for download.  Entries are due postmarked by March 31st each year.  For all the 2018 details and to view the 2017 winning images visit

About Bass Pro Shops® -

Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company.  Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”