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rough fish

any fish that is not valued as a sport fish or considered a significant source of food by sport fishers.
Origin of rough fish
1835-45 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rough fish
  • rough fish are species not having statewide size or creel limits, such as gar or carp.
  • rough fish removal operations are conducted periodically.
  • Carp and other rough fish may reduce water clarity and prohibit the growth of these desirable plants.
  • No stocking is recommended because of the warm water and the large population of rough fish.
  • In addition to brook and brown trout, some forage and rough fish have been observed.
  • Fish not included in this list are considered rough fish.
  • There are no size or creel limits for rough fish, unless special regulations apply.
  • Some other food samples collected contained rough fish and amphibians, game fish was infrequently observed.
  • Food-habit studies have generally found game fish to be taken less often than the slower-swimming rough fish.
  • The project also involved installing a filtration system to prevent the reintroduction of rough fish.
British Dictionary definitions for rough fish

rough fish

a fish that is neither a sport fish nor useful as food or bait for sport fish
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