Posted on Monday Oct 1, 2012 at 6:26 PM
In the past 2 weeks, A friend and myself have each caught a paddlefish on Ft. Gibson. We released them, because we were using barbed hooks.
My question is regarding the following section of the regulations:
4.Catch and release of paddlefish by use of rod and reel, trotlines and throwlines is allowed, year-round. Paddlefish must be released immediately after being caught, unless kept for the daily limit. Anglers fishing trotlines or throwlines must release all paddlefish before leaving their lines (unless keeping one for a daily limit).
Every trotline I've seen has barbed hooks on, so that is why I'm asking. If a paddlefish is caught with a barbed hook, but I'm not snagging is it legal to keep?