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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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This particular lake always seems to offer jumbo panfish along with chunky walleyes and bass.
I use 4-pound Ultra 8 for panfish, at times, although 6 is so thin that it performs well, too, with light jigs.
Largemouth bass removals have been done at Beaver Lake resulting in better quality panfish populations.
All but the bass are commonly called bream, and those who string a few up for dinner commonly say panfish. Bream are right at home in most Florida fresh waters and are caught by every method from juicy worms on a hook to flyrod poppers.
4 0z.) This fabulous, 44-mile-long stream does it all, yielding up everything from a mess of panfish to a trophy wall-hanger.
Panfish angling in the spring is one of the great fishing experiences of the year From Lake Montauk at the easternmost end of New York, to Lake Erie on the Pennsylvania line, and from wilderness ponds to stormwater retention ponds, these fish are plentiful in both still and flowing waters.
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. Their first hunt might be for small game, as it allows some movement and offers more action.
Bream, another popular panfish in Mississippi, prefer crickets.
Lake Ontario and its embayments and tributaries support a variety of trout, salmon, bass, walleye, yellow perch and panfish. New York's Lake Ontario comprises more than 2.7 million acres.
Some people also rely on the standard worms for the smaller panfish. For larger species, such as pike, use minnows, chubs or smelt.
Walleye is the fish of choice with this recipe, as simple as it is sublime, but panfish like crappies, perch, or bluegill are good too--any delicate, white-fleshed fish can be used.