Barbless Hooks

Results on the Barbless Hooks Survey

What’s happening?

In April 2004, Alberta placed a province-wide ban on the use of barbed hooks for angling. In September 2011, Fisheries and Oceans Canada made an amendment to the federal regulations that unintentionally removed the ban on barbed hooks in Alberta. This left anglers the ability to decide for themselves whether or not to use barbless hooks.

What did we ask you?

In January 2017 we asked you what your preference is with regards to the rules for the use of barbless hooks.

What did you tell us?

  • Some of you (19.7%) prefer that barbed hooks only be banned in waters with special management objectives
  • Some of you (34.2%) prefer that barbed hooks be banned in all waters
  • Nearly half of you (46.1%) prefer that the choice about the use of barbed or barbless hooks be left to you


What did we decide?

The results are mixed and we’re evaluating options in light of your feedback.

Results on the Barbless Hooks Survey

What’s happening?

In April 2004, Alberta placed a province-wide ban on the use of barbed hooks for angling. In September 2011, Fisheries and Oceans Canada made an amendment to the federal regulations that unintentionally removed the ban on barbed hooks in Alberta. This left anglers the ability to decide for themselves whether or not to use barbless hooks.

What did we ask you?

In January 2017 we asked you what your preference is with regards to the rules for the use of barbless hooks.

What did you tell us?

  • Some of you (19.7%) prefer that barbed hooks only be banned in waters with special management objectives
  • Some of you (34.2%) prefer that barbed hooks be banned in all waters
  • Nearly half of you (46.1%) prefer that the choice about the use of barbed or barbless hooks be left to you


What did we decide?

The results are mixed and we’re evaluating options in light of your feedback.