game fish


Definition of game fish 

1 : a fish of a family (Salmonidae) including salmons, trouts, chars, and whitefishes

2 : sport fish especially : a fish made a legal catch by law

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Bowfishing for non-game fish and non-native species is perfectly legal in Texas, and can be a wonderful, challenging outdoor activity if pursued ethically and legally. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Boat ramps a gateway to fun or frustration," 28 June 2018 After about 7 hours of fishing for tuna 40 miles off the coast of New Jersey on Sunday, fisherman Chris O'Neill and three other crew members decided to come closer to shore and search for mako sharks, a popular game fish in the area. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Great white shark surprises New Jersey fishermen: 'This is crazy'," 4 July 2018 First, bass - only right since largemouth bass are, by far, the most popular game fish in Texas, fresh or salt. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "March Madness arrives on Texas' waters," 10 Mar. 2018 Spurred by a shift toward holistic management of fisheries instead of concentrating just on high-profile game fish, fisheries science began taking a deeper look at fish such as gar. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Gars’ fortunes, anglers’ attitudes evolve over the years," 9 June 2018 The contamination turned the lake water a fluorescent green and killed off game fish. Stephen Hudak,, "Winter Garden buys lakefront properties, envisions 'nicest park on Lake Apopka'," 8 June 2018 In the picture, Booth holds a shimmering permit, a game fish found on South Florida's endless shallow flats, beloved by anglers for its powerful runs and fierce fight, and almost never featured on menus. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Anglers have fought to protect this fish. So how did it wind up on a Miami Beach menu? | Miami Herald," 15 May 2018 Stocking rivers and lakes with game fish is good for anglers. Richard Conniff, Scientific American, "The Trouble with Fish Stocking," 5 Nov. 2017 Of the more than 40 businesses approached, 19 agreed to illegally purchase game fish. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Houston restaurants, fish markets cited for illegally purchasing game fish," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of game fish

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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