Definition of panfish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpanˌfiSH/
North American

noun (plural same or panfishes)

A fish suitable for frying whole in a pan, especially one caught by an angler rather than bought.
Example sentences
  • There is no benefit from hanging an entire shrimp off a hook when fishing for coastal panfish.
  • Most panfish are found throughout the Florida mainland and the Florida Keys.
  • There's much more to know, however, if your aim is higher than at a ragtag box of miscellaneous panfish.


[no object] (often as noun panfishing)
Catch, or try to catch, such fish: panfishing picks up considerably during the fall and spring
More example sentences
  • Success in crappie or panfishing often depends on being able to detect the slightest movement of the bait or the lightest nibble.
  • Game fishing, pan fishing and recreational boating are available on dozens of lakes accessible within 10 miles.
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