game fish


: a fish of a family (Salmonidae) including salmons, trouts, chars, and whitefishes
: sport fish
especially : a fish made a legal catch by law

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Curious if prey species have evolved ways to exploit that ability, the researchers caught some lookdowns — a silvery game fish often found in public aquariums — in the Gulf of Mexico. Jenny Blair, Discover Magazine, 2 Apr. 2014 That year’s tag featured a guppy-shaped icon that bore little resemblance to the invaluable cod or dashing game fish just offshore. Cory Graff, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Dec. 2022 Crews use sonar to triangulate schools of game fish, trading tips and sightings over the radio. Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2022 And why is the foremost of those touchstones a toothy, googly-eyed game fish? Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 Steve Kambouris, 38, a snakehead devotee from Dundalk, Md., believes the species will eventually be considered a nonnative game fish, something to market to sport fishermen, not a pest to eradicate. Jason Nark, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 The general statewide game fish season opens annually on the first Saturday in May and runs through early March. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 18 June 2022 TC Palm's Ed Killer described the special size of Cubera snapper in a 2018 article about the popular game fish, which is sometimes referred to as a Cuban snapper or Cuban dog snapper. Dan Carson, Chron, 13 June 2022 The giant trevally, a stubborn and powerful apex predator, is one of Hawai‘i’s most coveted game fish. Abe Musselman, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of game fish was in 1837

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Cite this Entry

“Game fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

game fish

: a fish regularly sought by anglers
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