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    A friend told me that he thought that you could only fish with barbless hooks in Ontario. I told him that I did not think so. I told him that may be the case for certain lakes and certain species, but not a blanket policy.

    I was away for a few years, but in scanning the fishing regulations I could not see anything generic about using barbless hooks.

    Are barbed hooks okay to use in most cases?

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    You are good to go on bardbed hooks in Ontario. If the lake is barbless it may be an outfitter's policy (for trophy fish) or restricted to only certain lakes.

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    Yes they are legal to use except like u said in certain waters. I generally pinch down with pliers 1 or 2 of the barbs per treble hook I use, u can remove the hook much easier and you WON'T lose any more fish than u otherwise would. It's also good for C/R...
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    You're friend is wrong except for some unique, rare, circumstances.

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    There are some rivers in Southern Ontario as others have mentioned that are catch and release, artificial only. In you're fishing regulations look for the Exceptions to Zone ##. If the waterbody you plan to fish is listed, read the Exception Details, you will find the details. If you do not see any restrictions listed in this section you are generally within the law.
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    I refuse to use barbless hooks. Ive never killed so many fish as when i started using barbless hooks. UNREAL.

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    I refuse to use barbless hooks. Ive never killed so many fish as when i started using barbless hooks. UNREAL.


    Not to sure I understand this. Can you please elaborate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishfearme View Post
    Not to sure I understand this. Can you please elaborate?
    i'm a little curious myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter300 View Post
    I refuse to use barbless hooks. Ive never killed so many fish as when i started using barbless hooks. UNREAL.
    Except in areas that prohibit barbed hooks right

    I'm also curious how you've killed more fish. Was it because you felt you needed to play the fish longer and it died after release from over playing it? Was it a direct result of the hook or rather the way you thought was needed to play the fish so that you would not loose it?
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    Not likely that where H300 is he is fishing any "barbless hook waters".

    Although I am also curious about his comment.

    Mostly the barbless waters are trout streams. In my fly box I dont have a single barb that way I'm generally safe. In my conventional tackle box I would say most if not all of my tackle has barbs. I only check the exceptions on lakes I've never fished before...I haven't run into any yet where I use conventional tackle.
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