Definition of indicator

An object or device designed to show when a fish bites the bait at the end of a fishing line. These are typically a floating object attached to a fishing line which is cast out into the water and commonly referred to as a bobber or float. Another type is a spring or thin material attached to the tip-guide of an ice fishing rod which will show even the lightest of bites on the bait.

Variations of the term indicator

• bobber
• float
• spring bobber

How to use indicator in a sentence

We use small indicators to avoid spooking steelhead in shallow streams.