A Sacramento appellate court this week struck down rules that would have required operators of privately owned fishing lakes and ponds in California to conduct biological studies to determine how their fish stocking may affect wildlife.

The owners of the pay-to-fish businesses and hatcheries and fish farms that supply them successfully argued that the rules were wrongly imposed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife without public input.

They also contended that the cost of the studies threatened their livelihoods.

“We stopped and said, ‘Wait a minute. This is horrible. The things they wanted to do will put us out of business,’ “ said Craig Elliott, cheap viagra online owner of Corona Lake, a private fishing lake off Interstate 15 between Corona and Lake Elsinore.

“It is a good day for fishermen, said Elliott, who also is president of the California Association of Recreational Fishing…

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