published May 30, 2009 by Ben Adams

Using Barbless Hooks for Arkansas Trout Fishing

Barbless trout hooksThe Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is proposing the elimination of the barbless hook requirement for Catch and Release areas. Under the new regulations, you would be able to fish artificial lures with up to three treble hooks. According to the Commission, recent studies have shown a very low mortality rate with the treble hooks.

The reason that we have a barbless hook rule in the catch and Release areas is to significantly lower the hook mortality rate. I personally cannot see how a lure with three barbed treble hooks can have a low hook mortality rate.

Check out the rest of trout fishing guide John Berry’s column in the Arkansas Fishing Forum.

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