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

Examples of game fish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As temperatures rise, game fish usually scatter and are difficult to catch. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, "Lake Erie perch, walleye keep Lake Erie crowded: Cleveland-area Fishing Report for the weekend of Friday, Aug. 7, 2020," 6 Aug. 2020 That’s when plankton and bait fish are stirred up, so game fish are biting like crazy. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "The Beautiful Discomfort of Being Betwixt and Between," 10 Sep. 2020 The Sandusky Fisheries Research Station has been setting trawl nets during its annual August survey to document the game fish populations, and early outings suggest this year’s walleye and yellow perch spring hatches were very good. cleveland, "Good news for Lake Erie walleye fishermen: Cleveland-area fishing report for the weekend of Aug. 21-23, 2020," 21 Aug. 2020 Then as now, the club targets all species of game fish while trading knowledge and techniques to improve their skills. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Old-school Waterdogs stick to the ways of their fishing club," 27 Aug. 2020 Lake Erie fishermen have been enjoying one of their best years ever, and the cornucopia of game fish just keeps expanding despite the arrival of what are called the dog days of summer. cleveland, "Lake Erie bass fishing sparkles: Cleveland-area fishing report for the weekend of Aug. 13-16, 2020," 13 Aug. 2020 Rock bass, yellow perch, largemouth bass in the spotlight: Small-boat fishermen prowling Cleveland Harbor are catching lots of big rock bass, an underutilized species of game fish. cleveland, "Lake Erie walleye catches outstanding; Brecksville dam removal should boost spawning in Cuyahoga River: Fishing Report," 28 May 2020 Biologists have shown that the species presents no threat to game fish. National Geographic, "Alligator gar," 25 Feb. 2020 In the same way feral hogs devastate habitat resources for native wildlife, silver carp have the potential to outcompete with other native species for food, including important game fish. Frank Sargeant, al, "Outdoors notebook: Alabama deer season winds down," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of game fish

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Oct 2020

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“Game fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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