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n. panfish or pan·fish·es
A fish small enough to be fried whole in a pan.
intr.v. pan·fished, pan·fish·ing, pan·fish·es
To fish for panfish.


(Cookery) US a small fish caught for cooking whole in a pan



n., pl. -fish•es, (esp. collectively) -fish.
any small, freshwater food fish, as a perch or sunfish, that is usu. cooked by pan-frying.
[1795–1805, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.panfish - any of numerous small food fishes; especially those caught with hook and line and not available on the market
fish - the flesh of fish used as food; "in Japan most fish is eaten raw"; "after the scare about foot-and-mouth disease a lot of people started eating fish instead of meat"; "they have a chef who specializes in fish"
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I'll bait up the two-hook dropper rig with small cut baits and try for panfish such as vermilion and mangrove snapper, fish too small to go for the jig.
They come year-round, to ice-fish in winter and using spin, fly, and trolling gear through the remainder of the year, for delectable panfish, walleye, bass, pike, pickerel, crappie, catfish and more.
Their first outdoor memory might be catching panfish.
Fishing -- Anglers targeting walleye, bass and panfish feeding heavily before winter do well on reservoirs behind Consumers Energy dams.
Knowing panfish cannot resist flash, I selected a bead head nymph to add luster.
Ralph Taylor, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Connecticut Valley district manager, said the Boston Whaler he launched was not rigged for fishing at that depth, but the angler on his boat landed more than a dozen panfish.
Bream, another popular panfish in Mississippi, prefer crickets.
And not to be diminished, viewers will still get to enjoy the fun and furious panfish catch that always creates a good time for families and kids.
An example comes from Swan Lake, Iowa that was managed for largemouth bass, channel catfish, and panfish.
As species are managed towards panfish and top level carnivore production, larger numbers of forage base species and greater competition are needed to enhance growth.
We shot common carp, buffalo, suckers, needle-nosed gar and dogfish, but it was also fun to watch other fish like muskies, pike, bass, walleyes and panfish, as well as beavers, muskrats and big snapping turtles.
Kent Lightfoot, a well-known archaeologist, and Otis Panfish, a respected Kashaya Pomo elder, demolish the persistent stereotype of California Indians as noble savages who hunted, gathered, and fished in perfect harmony with the environment.