dip net


: a bag net with a handle that is used especially to scoop fish from the water
dipnet transitive verb

Examples of dip net in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Important Michigan fishing regulations Lawful fishing methods include artificial lights, bait, bow fishing, crayfish, dip nets, drop-shotting, gaffs, hand nets, hook-and-line fishing, hoop nets, spearing and minnows for personal use. Mika Travis, Detroit Free Press, 26 July 2023 The only significant elver fishery in the United States is located in Maine, where anglers dip nets for the baby eels at night in streams and rivers. Paul Richards, Field & Stream, 17 Apr. 2023 Dippers must have their own container, use a dip net and have a valid 2023 Oregon fishing license. The Oregonian, oregonlive, 30 Mar. 2023 On a cold June morning, Brigham watches proudly at the scaffolds as her 23-year-old nephew, Brigham Campbell, fights a large Chinook salmon thrashing about in his dip net. Deepa Bharath, oregonlive, 18 Aug. 2022 With a small dip net, the researcher tried to catch one. Jeff Wheelwright, Discover Magazine, 24 June 2012 Kiona has fished for Chinook salmon for decades on his family’s scaffold at the edge of the falls, using a dip net suspended from a 33-foot pole — like his father did before him, and his son will after. Deepa Bharath, oregonlive, 18 Aug. 2022 This year, the Watershed Forum opened a dip net information booth on the Kasilof River. Conocophillips Alaska, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Aug. 2022 Karuk tribal citizen Aaron Troy Hockaday Sr. used to fish for salmon at a local waterfall with a traditional dip net. Gillian Flaccus, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dip net was in 1820

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“Dip net.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dip%20net. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

dip net

: a small bag-shaped net with a handle that is used especially to scoop small fish from the water
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