Sports...in brief

Bruner tops Whitepine League awards

The Whitepine League coaches named Prairie’s Jake Bruner the league’s “player of the year” and its “offensive player of the year.”

Kamiah’s Lars Kludt took down the “defensive player of the year” honor, and a host of locals were recognized first team, second team or honorable mention.

First team offense: Jake Bruner (P), Calvin Hinkelman (P), Taylor McAlister (K), Bailey Christopherson (K), Isaiah Shears (P), Chris Pethtel (K), Lars Kludt (K), Philip Spencer (P). Second team offense: Terran Peery (P), Lucas Wemhoff (P), Garrison Bretz (K), Ian Anderson (K). Honorable mention offense: Parker Whipple (K), Trey Pfefferkorn (CV), Hunter Hasselstrom (P), Bobby Hood (P).

First team defense: Trey Pfefferkorn (CV), Jake Bruner (P), Parker Whipple (P), Calvin Hinkelman (P), Terran Peery (P), Taylor McAlister (K), Lars Kludt (K), Isaiah Shears (P), Philip Spencer (P). Second team defense: Bailey Christopherson (K), Lucas Wemhoff (P), Garrison Bretz (K), Ian Anderson (K), Brandon Anderson (P), Chris Pethtel (K). Honorable mention defense: None local.

Steelhead fishing still going strong

While Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and eat a large bird, some anglers use the four-day holiday weekend to sneak away in hopes of catching a steelhead.

Steelhead anglers are finding success in the Snake, Clearwater, Salmon and Boise rivers. Catch rates in mid-November were about five hours per fish on the Little Salmon River, eight hours per fish on the Clearwater from the mouth upstream to Orofino, 13 hours per fish on the Salmon River from the Middle Fork upstream to the North Fork Salmon, and seven hours per fish on the Salmon from White Bird Creek upstream to the Little Salmon.

Besides a fishing license, anglers need a $12.75 steelhead permit, good for 20 fish.

For more information on steelhead fishing including the latest catch rates, seasons and rules, dam counts, and useful instructional videos, see fishandgame.idaho.gov/fish/steelhead.

Nonresident whitetail tags/second tags could sell out

With whitetail hunting in full swing and reports of good hunting, nonresidents or Idaho hunters interested in a second tag may want to buy soon. As of Monday, Nov. 23, 734 white-tailed deer tags remained in the nonresident quota, and all nonresident, regular deer tags have been sold.

In recent years, nonresident hunters had the option of waiting until the last minute to buy tags before their hunts. Many nonresident hunters, especially in Northern Idaho, hunt during the Thanksgiving holiday. Fish and Game has had its highest sales of nonresident tags in seven years, and they could sell out by then.

A stronger economy has attracted nonresidents back to Idaho, and Idaho has seen improved big game hunting. Sales of resident deer tags also are up this year, but they are not limited by a cap.

Residents who are interested in buying a nonresident white-tailed deer tag as a second tag can get details at https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/second-tag.

Trout limit reset, Free Fishing Day dates set through June 2018

Free Fishing Day events will be on June 11, 2016; June 10, 2017 and June 9, 2018. These dates are the Saturday after the first full week in June and correspond with national outdoor recognition events.

New fishing rules will take effect on Jan. 1, including a new statewide possession limit, which will be three times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season. Currently, the possession limit is equal to the bag limit.

Regional changes include a change to the South Fork Clearwater River rainbow trout limit, which will change from six adipose fin-clipped fish to a daily bag limit of two rainbow trout with or without an adipose fin.

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