In the REGULATIONS you will see EXCEPTIONS. (Usually the next page after the normal seasonal periods)
They list rivers & Tribs alfabetically (CREDIT as example) and then show the sanctuaries, extended times, and other SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS (no live bait, single barbless hooks etc)
upstream of Old Baseline Road, Town of Caledon, Regional Municipality of Peel.
Only artificial lures may be used. Only one single-pointed barbless hook may be used.
Brook trout S - 0 and C - 0. Brown trout S - 0 and C - 0. Rainbow trout S - 0 and C - 0.
IF there are NO EXCEPTIONS LISTED, then pretty well you are 99.9% okay to just use regular setups (as you mentioned).
As for BARBLESS HOOKS: I first started using them out west. I have found that they really DO NOT CAUSE any lost fish. Well, maybe 5%. As long as you have gained some experience and KEEP the LINE TIGHT at all times while fighting a fish, you will not lose em! I currently use barbless about 40% of the time. Normally, Keep your tip high, always keep tension on the line, and make sure your DRAG is working and set properly (Should be based on about 80% of the "Breaking Point" of your line - Do a test by hooking your line on something and pulling back. USE the FULL SET UP .. not just pulling by hand)
- Leave the LURES alone .... most lures get caught in the fishes mouth anyway (Not deep)
Get a cheap HOOK DISLODGER (Their plastic and cost about $1 - Takes a little pratice to learn how to use, but I've had em for 40 years now) and Some needle nose pliers.
*Sometimes the fish take a hook deep (More so with live bait and static fishing) ... That is life.
The more you catch and handle the fish, the more you get the hang of it and experience in releasing.
Awesome, thanks! I saw the picture of the plastic hook remover, where can I find one? Dollar Store? Canadian Tire? Walmart?