pan·​fish | \ ˈpan-ˌfish How to pronounce panfish (audio) \

Definition of panfish

: a small food fish (such as a sunfish) usually taken with hook and line and not available on the market

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In an audacious whole-lake experiment, bass and panfish are being removed. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Can the walleye population rebound in McDermott Lake if bass and panfish are reduced?," 30 June 2018 Joe Zajko, 41, had caught 12 of the popular panfish in about seven hours on the deep waters behind the Francis E. Walter Dam in Luzerne County one day last month. Jason Nark,, "Roxborough man wants to catch Pennsylvania's biggest fish, anywhere, anytime," 8 July 2018 So much underwater habitat, so much room for small panfish to hide. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Can the walleye population rebound in McDermott Lake if bass and panfish are reduced?," 30 June 2018 Anglers occasionally run into panfish and carp, but bass are the dominant species. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Fishing is hitting its summer stride across southern Idaho," 8 June 2018 In addition to bass, Lowell is a good spot to catch channel catfish and occasional panfish. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "Planning a weekend fishing trip? They're biting close to Boise (fishing report, May 11) | Idaho Statesman," 11 May 2018 Plenty of fishing is available for catfish, bass, striper and panfish in the lake’s many coves and inlets. Meghann Finn Sepulveda, azcentral, "The London Bridge Resort caters to outdoor enthusiasts," 9 May 2018 Anglers can expect to catch largemouth bass, panfish, and catfish. Amy Aumick,, "Explore Florida's Santa Rosa County: Home to famous blackwater," 7 May 2018 The panfish, however, were all on the small side and were not aggressive. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Lots of fish, summery weather greet anglers at Lake Chetek fishing opener," 5 May 2018

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1796, in the meaning defined above

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