A large predatory freshwater fish of the minnow family, with a slender body and large mouth, found in western North America.
- ‘The northern squawfish also preys effectively on game fish, and often becomes the dominant species in reservoirs, despite biologists’ efforts to limit their population size.’
- ‘With its large mouth and torpedo-shaped body, the Colorado squawfish is an efficient predator on other fishes.’
- ‘In my search across the internet, I have yet to come across anyone who fly fishes for squawfish.’
- ‘Mercury occurred in concentrations above acceptable limits in rainbow trout and northern squawfish from Okanagan Lake and in northern squawfish from Skaha and Osoyoos Lakes.’
- ‘When this and other squawfish spawn in the upper Gunnison River, their young are carried downstream by the current and may spill over the Redlands Diversion Dam.’
Late 19th century: the word derives from the former importance to American Indians of such fish, as food.