sport fish

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Definition of sport fish 

: a fish important for the sport it affords anglers

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Chinook salmon, such as those that migrate to and from Idaho up the Snake and Columbia rivers, are one of Idaho’s most popular sports fish and integral to the region's economy, ecology and identity. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Symphony of the salmon: How scientists are learning by putting fish migration to music," 9 July 2018 The Stuart Sailfishing Club is one of the oldest sports fishing clubs in the United States and has drawn in historical figures like Franklin D. Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt to experience the thrill. Ellie Rushing, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida towns' claims to fame: We're No. 1," 3 July 2018 The young sturgeon was stocked in the Snake River in October 2016 as part of the cooperative sturgeon sport fish program conducted by Idaho Fish and Game, Idaho Power Company and the College of Southern Idaho. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "A fellow angler told this man he couldn't poach a sturgeon. He did anyway and was cited by IDFG," 28 June 2018 The popular local sport fish has set up residence around the landmark islands, creating a different kind of feeding frenzy as commercial and private boats jockey for daily position. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'Biggest schools of yellowtail I've ever seen' invade Coronado Islands," 22 June 2018 The Dingell-Johnson sport fish restoration program has been active since 1950. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Ryan Zinke's appearance puts spotlight on excise tax and conservation programs," 21 Mar. 2018 Lionfish kill off other small cleaner-fish, too, which increases the risk of infection and disease among sport fish and cash fishery populations. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 2018 Two sport fish hatcheries are operated by the state, one research hatchery by NOAA Fisheries, and one production hatchery by the Metlakatla Indian Community. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Marketing campaign aims to convince consumers that ‘ugly’ crabs can be just as tasty," 20 Mar. 2018 But walleye regulations in the Winnebago System could be more restrictive to help protect the population of the popular sport fish. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Crossbow season, walleye limits among topics at Wisconsin's spring hearings," 11 Apr. 2018

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1915, in the meaning defined above

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