lake herring


Definition of lake herring

: a cisco (Coregonus artedii) found from the Mississippi River basin, Great Lakes, and St. Lawrence River northward and important as a commercial food fish

Examples of lake herring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The trio is charged with catching ciscoes — also known as lake herring or tullibees — using seine nets and other unlawful methods and then selling them to bait shops, gas stations and other retailers from October 2012 to December 2016. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, "Ely resort owners charged with illegal gathering and sale of prized bait fish," 10 Sep. 2020 Hypothetically, Bronte said a higher lake herring population could help improve several issues now seen in the lake. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Lake herring restoration is being considered for Lake Michigan," 3 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of lake herring

1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Lake herring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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