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CHEYENNE Tiger trout are continuing to grow in High Savery Reservoir as evidenced by a new record caught last week by Cheyenne angler Mel Huff.

Huff's fish weighed 5.12 lbs., breaking the old record by more than a pound. The old record was 4 lbs. 1 oz. and was set this past June.

Huff was fishing Nov. 3, trolling a Rapala when the fish hit. After a 15-minute fight, he had the new state record in the boat. The only other fish he caught that day was a 12-inch brook trout. Huff is not a newcomer to High Savery and has fished the reservoir a half dozen times over the past few years. After measuring the fish at nearly 24 inches, with a girth of 12.25 inches, Huff suspected he might have a new record. The previous record was 22.5 inches long with a girth of 11.5 inches. The fish was verified by Laramie fisheries biologist Lee McDonald

For the past few years, new tiger trout records are almost an annual occurrence from High Savery as the reservoir is the only public water in the state that has been stocked with tiger trout. High Savery is a relatively new impoundment located 30 miles south of Rawlins and was first stocked with tiger trout in 2005. It has been stocked every year since that time. Tiger trout are a sterile cross between a brown and a brook trout.

Rules for submitting a fish for state record consideration are on the Game and Fish website http://gf.state.wy.us. A listing of state record fish is also on the site.

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CHEYENNE Artists will be painting one of Wyoming's more widespread species, the black bear, for the upcoming Wyoming Conservation Stamp Art Competition. The annual event is now in its 28th year.

Each year the Game and Fish selects one species to be the subject of the competition and eventually appear on more than 100,000 conservation stamps. The winning artist also receives a cash award of $3,500. Second place receives $1,500 and third place receives $750. The competition is open to professional artists. Entries for the contest will be accepted Jan. 1- Mar. 15. The contest will culminate with judging in Cheyenne on Apr. 8, 2011. The winning artwork will appear on the 2012 Wyoming conservation stamp.

Information including rules and deadlines on the Conservation Stamp Art Contest is on the Game and Fish website http://gf.state.wy.us. Printed rules and entry forms are available and will be mailed to requesting artists. Artists may also choose to review the rules and use the forms on the Game and Fish website.

The black bear (Ursus americanus) is very common throughout Wyoming and is found in national forests and mountain ranges throughout the state.

Last year's winning entry featured the wolverine and was painted by Amanda Morton of Dillon, Mont. Morton's artwork will appear on the 2011 Conservation Stamp.

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