Sports...in brief

Fall softball clinic set

LEWISTON — A fastpitch softball hitting clinic for girls ages 7-18 interested in improving their hitting skills and gaining more confidence in the batter’s box will be held Oct. 15.

Players of all levels of experience are welcome. Cost is $45. Register and pay online at fishbackfastpitch.com.

Contact clinic organizer and coach Haylee Fishback at 208-227-4019.

Cottonwood night shoot starts Oct. 12

COTTONWOOD — The Cottonwood Gun Club’s annual Fall Night Shoot, a six-week shoot, is scheduled to start Oct. 12. Practice will be held Oct. 5.

The office and kitchen opens at 6 p.m., with shooting to start at 6:30 p.m.

Teams are to be five members, $35 for sponsor fee, $35 per member.

Contact Jeff North, 507-2184, Brent Uhlorn, 755-6571, Bob Lustig, 870-6124, or Jean Spencer, 507-0012.

Steelhead count runs at seven-year low

Idaho Fish and Game Clearwater Region fish manager Joe DuPont sent a writeup of steelhead return data directly to interested anglers last week, and pointed out this year’s A run is running signficantly lower than any since 2009.

“The question everybody is asking is ‘what happened to the one-ocean return,” he wrote. “Ocean conditions have been found to strongly influence salmon and steelhead year class strength. ...Last year (2015) when the one-ocean adults entered the ocean as smolts, ocean conditions were ranked 16 out of 18 — the third poorest since 1998.”

Dupont also flagged river flows, which “have also been found to influence survival of steelhead smolts as they migrate to the ocean....the flows in 2015 were the lowest we have seen since 2009. When you combine poor ocean conditions and poor flows, it often doesn’t bode well for anadromous fish.”

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