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

Examples of game fish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Florida fishing is superb with year-round fishing weather, a vast supply of diverse game fish, and 2,276 miles of tidal shoreline. Jp Shaffer, Miami Herald, 4 Apr. 2024 Spring and summer are the most productive times of the year for many different inshore and offshore game fish, according to Jp Shaffer, Miami Herald, 4 Apr. 2024 Florida has a new length record for one of the state’s most popular game fish. Travis Hall, Field & Stream, 4 Apr. 2024 How to catch them: Largemouth bass are America’s most popular game fish. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 The department uses the money for a host of fish and wildlife management programs, including stocking game fish, restoring habitats, wardens, monitoring chronic wasting disease and paying farmers’ wolf depredation claims. Todd Richmond, Twin Cities, 24 Jan. 2024 How to catch them: Mountain whitefish are a native Idaho game fish with silvery sides, white bellies and pudgy noses. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Those baitfish are not available in most Idaho waters, so walleye are likely to eat other game fish that are highly valued by Idaho anglers. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 16 Nov. 2023 Common and red-breasted mergansers, also known as fish ducks, do indeed eat a wide variety of fish, including salmon smolts, trout, minnows, shad, and game fish. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 2 Nov. 2023

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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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“Game fish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

game fish

: a fish regularly sought by anglers
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