Definition of baitfish

A fish that is the prey of another fish, typically smaller in size. Popular baitfish families include minnow, shad, smelt and carp. Additionally, most fish can be used as bait, as long as it is smaller than the fish being targeted.

Variations of the term baitfish

• Bait
• Forage fish

How to use baitfish in a sentence

Fishing presentations that match the baitfish in your area will help you be more successful.