game fish

noun

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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The invasive mussels are filter-feeders, and feed on the zooplankton and phytoplankton the young game fish require before growing large enough to feed on baitfish. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie walleye boom’s cause is a mystery, but no one is complaining," 13 July 2019 Pociu said the types of fish being tested include smallmouth bass, which is a predatory game fish, and white suckers, a bottom feeder. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "PFAS pollution tests in Farmington River facing month-long delay," 13 July 2019 Research showed alligator gar eat few game fish, concentrating on shad and carp and other abundant rough fish. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Gars’ fortunes, anglers’ attitudes evolve over the years," 9 June 2018 Right now, only Michigan’s recreational fishers can legally catch most game fish, which include sunfish, walleye, lake trout and more. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Big changes could be coming to Michigan walleye, trout, perch fishing," 6 July 2019 Few anglers may know McGovern, a past-president of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, was instrumental in the 1974 initiative petition to declare steelhead a game fish. oregonlive.com, "Monroe: Ocean fishing has vastly improved this summer," 6 July 2019 When the water levels go up, Watras found, levels of mercury can increase to unsafe levels in walleye, one of the state’s most prized game fish. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin has cut mercury pollution of its lakes. Climate change puts those gains at risk.," 14 June 2019 Early morning or evening are when anglers find game fish moving in to shallow waters to feed. Carla Minsky, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Travel is Good for the Soul," 10 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of game fish

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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