Panfish, also spelled pan-fish or pan fish, is an edible game fish that usually doesn't outgrow the size of a frying pan. The term is also commonly used by anglers to refer to any small catch that will fit in a pan, but is large enough to be legal. However its definition and usage varies with geographical region.
In most of today’s angling literature members of the freshwater family Centrarchidae (also called sunfishes) are the target species most likely to be called panfish. In game are included: