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 Carter also is finding lots of keeper crappies for his anglers looking to take home a mess of panfish; Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: What’s being caught on Alabama waters?," 29 Nov. 2019 So many birthday parties, celebrated beside the pond filled with tasty trout and another with bass, crappie and other panfish. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: As Indian Springs Trout Farm changes hands, ‘lots of memories’ remain," 29 Nov. 2019 Weiss Lake continues to produce fair crappie action for anglers fishing live minnows on the channel edges around woody cover, reports guide Mark Collins, who specializes in these panfish. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: Get ready for fall fishing pattern when, or if, weather cools," 27 Sep. 2019 When the water temperatures finally drop below 70 degrees in the coming weeks, the fall bite for largemouth bass, walleye and panfish should improve. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, "Lake Erie walleye hitting; yellow perch are hit-and-miss: Fishing Report for Sept. 20," 20 Sep. 2019 The two officers also found more than 70 bags of filleted panfish. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Gladwin fisherman caught with more than 1,400 panfish in garage," 22 Aug. 2019 The cool waters of local upground reservoirs are giving up bass, panfish and catfish, including Oberlin, Wellington and Norwalk reservoirs. D'arcy Egan,, "Lake Erie’s fish of the future have arrived: Aug. 16 Fishing Report," 16 Aug. 2019 When fishermen release big game fish like musky and largemouth bass back into lakes, those fish compete with loons for the same food sources, panfish like crappies and bluegills. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Loons in northern Wisconsin are raising a mallard duckling after they lost their own chick," 24 July 2019 Still others are known for good fishing, with plentiful brook trout, panfish and smallmouth bass, or geographic quirks like miniature peninsulas and beaches ideal for bird-watching and landscape photography. Zach Montague, New York Times, "An Adirondack Wilderness All Your Own," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of panfish

1796, in the meaning defined above

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3 Dec 2019

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“Panfish.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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