I just got back from a successful smallie trip, and before I left I was a little uptight. The WI DNR has made the nothern half of the state including where my trip was catch and release only, and barbless hooks only until June 20th i think. Well I had never used barbless hooks before so I was worried about losing fish. Well after the trip I can say that I don't think I lost any fish because of the barbless hooks, and it was actually nice and easy to get them off the hook. So I was worried over nothing.