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   There are weekly updates for the various areas of the state, including the Central Zone that takes in the vicinity of Madras provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on its website. Stocking dates and plans are also listed at the site at http://www.dfw.state.or.us.
   In addition, anglers planning an outing north, or downstream, on the Deschutes River should be aware of the following regulations posted on the Fish and Wildlife department's website:
   Between I 84 and Sherar Falls the following regulations apply --
   Spring Season: April 15 through July 31, 2003. Open for trout, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and adult adipose fin-clipped salmon Catch limit: Two adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon and five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon per day. Jack salmon are chinook 15-24 inches long. steelhead are included in the daily two salmon catch limit, although one additional steelhead may retained per day for a total of three fish. All non adipose fin-clipped salmon or steelhead must be released unharmed.
   Other: It is unlawful to angle for steelhead or trout between Sherars Falls and the upper railroad trestle (about three miles) after taking a daily bag limit of adult chinook salmon. It also is unlawful to angle for jack salmon after taking a limit of adult salmon.
   Fall Season: Aug. 1 through Oct. 31 for chinook salmon. The area already is open under permanent regulations for trout and adipose fin-clipped steelhead angling. Catch limit: Two adult salmon and five jack salmon per day. Jack salmon are chinook 15-24 inches long. steelhead are included in the daily two salmon catch limit, although one additional steelhead may retained per day for a total of three fish. All non adipose fin-clipped steelhead must be released unharmed.
   Other: It is unlawful to angle for jack salmon after taking a limit of adult salmon.
   Along with information, the department website includes a booklet on salmon and steelhead runs for various parts of the state. It indicates that while the Deschutes spring chinook run has passed its peak it should continue for a little while longer. Steelhead are also running but won't peak in the Deschutes until August, according to the department report.
   Anglers are reminded to check with local license outlets to make sure they have any tribal license or other special requirements before venturing forth.