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

Examples of panfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After an unsuccessful effort to catch a few largemouth bass, Jim and McKenna set up for panfish and were immediately into the fish. Jim Gronaw,, 5 Dec. 2021 Most folks haven’t heard of a small panfish called a flier. Jim Gronaw,, 14 Nov. 2021 The popular Lake Erie yellow perch fishing began to heat up last week as schools of the green-and-gold panfish finally began moving to near-shore waters. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 28 Oct. 2021 Dwayne Dooley, of Chicago, reeled in the biggest panfish, which was recorded at 10.75 inches. Bill Jones,, 6 Oct. 2021 Just like bluegills and other panfish, the flaky white fillets are delightful. cleveland, 2 Sep. 2021 There is a chance of catching the largemouth bass of a lifetime and a bonus of fast-action panfish. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, 24 June 2021 The panfish had recently spawned in the area and moved out to the heavy vegetation. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 May 2021 The urban waters have a daily bag limit of three trout, one gamefish (largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, sauger, and northern pike) and 10 panfish (bluegill, crappie, pumpkinseed and yellow perch). Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of panfish

1796, in the meaning defined above

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“Panfish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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