Californian editors on Friday determined that an item in Friday's Outdoors column, by Steve Merlo, was a complete fabrication.

The item -- "Foreign trout species to be planted in Isabella Lake" -- has absolutely no basis in truth and should be disregarded by anyone who read it.

The Californian fully retracts the item.

I apologize to all readers who were misled by this report and to all who expect, as we do, that the paper will strive to meet a higher standard.

John Arthur

Executive Editor