Anglers may no longer be able to catch rainbow trout in many of California's mountain lakes, the result of an agreement reached Thursday to protect native fish.
The California Department of Fish and Game has agreed to cease stocking fish reared in hatcheries _ including trout, bass and catfish _ in many lakes and streams where the practice threatens 16 native fish and nine native frog species.
The deal was reached after weeks of negotiations with two environmental groups that sued the state over its hatchery and stocking practices. The interim rules are meant to protect native species while the state prepares a broader, permanent plan to reform its hatchery and stocking programs.
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