Okanagan Lake

Regulation Number: 
2023-08-02
Status: 
Proposed
Region: 
Region 8 - Okanagan
MU: 
8-8
8-9
8-10
8-11
8-22
Regulation Type: 
Method/Gear/Bait
Species: 
All species, focus on Rainbow Trout and Kokanee
Closing Date: 
January 6, 2023 at midnight
Decision Statement: 

Pending

Current Regulations: 

Barbless hook

Proposed Regulations: 

None – remove wording

Rationale: 

There is limited evidence that barbless regulations reduce hooking mortality in troll-oriented fisheries. Hook size and style are much more relevant factors. Allowing barbs could contribute to an increase in rainbow trout retention. Barbed hooks should contribute to a significant increase in angler satisfaction.