Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fish Guide

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fish Guide nmprofetimg 1309

Fishing is one of the main pastimes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and living on an island presents many opportunities to catch a wide range of fish. Fish can be sold, handed into the museum, given as gifts to villagers, or displayed as furniture. What you do with them is up to you.

To catch a fish, find a fish-shaped shadow in the water around the island and equip any kind of fishing rod. While facing the water, press A to cast your line–though you will not cast properly if you are too far away from the edge of the water. Wait for your fishing rod’s floater to submerge under the surface of the water and quickly press A again to reel in the fish. Pressing the A button too quickly or too slowly can result in a failure, scaring away the fish.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has a total of 80 fish–that’s eight more than Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Below, we’ve broken down everything that can affect how and when fish spawn. We also have a table listing every fish we’ve caught so far in both the northern and southern hemispheres, their spawn locations and dates/times, and the number of Bells you get for selling them.

Equipment

In order to catch any fish, you will need a fishing rod. The first rod you get in the game is the flimsy fishing rod, which can be upgraded to the fishing rod at a DIY bench. Don’t be thrown off too much by the various fishing rod types; it just determines how many times the tool can be used before breaking. Once a fishing rod breaks, just craft a new one at a DIY bench with resources found around the island or purchase a new one at Nook’s Cranny.

Location

There are three types of environments for fish on the island: ocean, river, and pond. The river is further split into three categories–river mouth, river clifftop, and general river–and the ocean also includes the more specific pier location, which is the wooden pier somewhere on your island (but not the one leading to the airport). Fish like salmon can only be found at the river mouth, which is where the river meets the ocean, while others, like the cherry salmon, can only be found at parts of the river on your island’s cliffs, for example.

Weather

Weather has less of an effect on fish than it does bugs, but it does still affect the spawn rate of fish. It is generally believed that rain and snow encourage rarer fish to appear; for example, you can only catch the rare coelacanth in rain or snow. It’s also worth noting that rain and snow also increase the spawn rate of fish, so rainy days and the winter months are a great opportunity to stock up on fish.

Shadow

Fish shadows come in all different sizes, and each type of fish appears as the same size shadow each time–either extra small, small, medium, large, or extra large. Longer, skinnier shadows in the ocean are eels, which can be caught like any other fish.

Sometimes you will find a fish shadow in the ocean that has a fin. This can be a shark in the water, which requires a much quicker reaction time to catch. Most fish shadows with a fin are worth a lot of bells, so you’ll want to try catching them the moment you see them.

Time And Date

Since time in Animal Crossing is synced up with the real world, or whatever time you have entered into your Nintendo Switch, the time you choose to play matters. The game goes through all the stages of a 24-hour period in real time, with different fish appearing at different times. Fish also vary depending on what month it is, which the game refers to as seasonality. If you want to collect every kind of fish, you will need to play the game at all different hours and throughout the year. The seasonality of fish changes depending on which hemisphere you chose, too.

For reference, you can always check what time and months the fish that you have caught will spawn in your Critterpedia.

All The Fish We’ve Caught So Far

The list below contains the time of year, locations and price for every fish we have found so far. This is divided into two separate tables, as the months of the year will be different for each hemisphere.

Northern Hemisphere

Fish Seasonality Location Time Price
Anchovy All year Ocean 4 AM – 9 PM 200
Angelfish May – Oct River 4 PM – 9 AM 3,000
Arowana June – Sept River 4 PM – 9 AM 10,000
Barred Knifejaw Mar – Nov Ocean All day 5,000
Barreleye All year Ocean 9 PM – 4 AM
Betta May – Oct River 9 AM – 4 PM 2,500
Bitterling Nov – Mar River All day 900
Black Bass All year River All day 400
Blowfish Nov – Feb Ocean 9 PM – 4 AM 5,000
Blue Marlin Nov – Apr, July – Sept Pier All day 10,000
Bluegill All year River 9 AM – 4 PM 180
Carp All year River All day 300
Catfish May – Oct Pond 4 PM – 9 AM 800
Char Mar – June, Sept – Nov River 4 PM – 9 AM 3,800
Cherry Salmon Mar – June, Sept – Nov River (Clifftop) All day 1,000
Clownfish Apr – Sept Ocean All day 650
Coelacanth All year

Ocean (Rain)

All day 15,000
Crawfish Apr – Sept Pond All day 200
Crucian Carp All year River All day 160
Dab Oct – Apr Ocean All day 300
Dace All year River 4 PM – 9 AM 240
Football Fish Nov – Mar Ocean 4 PM – 9 AM 2,500
Freshwater Goby All year River 4 PM – 9 AM 400
Golden Trout Mar – May, Sept – Nov

River (Clifftop)

4 PM – 9 AM 15,000
Goldfish All year Pond All day 1,300
Guppy Apr – Nov River 9 AM – 4 PM 1,300

Hammerhead Shark

June – Sept Ocean 4 PM – 9 AM 8,000
Horse Mackerel All year Ocean All day 150
King Salmon Sept River (Mouth) All day 1,800
Koi All year Pond 4 PM – 9 AM 4,000
Loach Mar – May River All day 400
Mitten Crab Sept – Nov River 4 PM – 9 AM 2,000
Moray Eel Aug – Oct Ocean All day 2,000
Neon Tetra Apr – Nov River 4 AM – 4 PM 500
Oarfish Dec – May Ocean All day 9,000
Ocean Sunfish July – Sept Ocean 4 AM – 9 PM 4,000
Olive Flounder All year Ocean All day 800
Pale Chub All year River 9 AM – 4 PM 200
Pike Sept – Dec River All day 1,800
Piranha June – Sept River

9 AM – 4 PM

4 AM – 9 PM

2,500
Pond Smelt Dec – Feb River

All day

320
Pop-eyed Goldfish All year Pond 9 AM – 4 PM 1,300
Puffer Fish July – Sept Ocean All day 250
Rainbowfish May – Oct River 9 AM – 4 PM 800
Ranchu Goldfish All year Pond 9 AM – 4 PM 4,500
Ray Aug – Nov Ocean 4 AM – 9 PM 3,000
Red Snapper All year Ocean All day 3,000
Ribbon Eel July – Oct Ocean All day 600
Salmon Sept River (Mouth) All day 700
Sea Bass All year Ocean All day 400
Sea Butterfly Dec – Mar Ocean All day 1,000
Seahorse Apr – Nov Ocean Any Time 1,100
Soft-shelled Turtle Aug – Sept River 4PM – 9AM 3,750
Squid Dec – Aug Ocean All day 500
Stringfish Dec – Mar River (Clifftop) 4 PM – 9 AM 15,000
Sturgeon Sept – Mar River (Mouth) All day 10,000
Suckerfish June – Sept Ocean All day 1,500
Sweetfish July – Sept River All day 900
Tadpole Mar – July Pond All day 100
Tilapia June – Oct River All day 800

Tuna

Nov – Apr Pier All day 7,000
Whale Shark TBD Ocean TBD
Yellow Perch Oct – Mar River All day 300
Zebra Turkeyfish April – May, July – Nov Ocean All day 500

Southern Hemisphere

Fish Seasonality Location Time Price
Anchovy All year Ocean 4 AM – 9 PM 200
Angelfish Nov – Apr River 4 PM – 9 AM 3,000
Arowana Dec – Mar River 4 PM – 9 AM 10,000
Barred Knifejaw

Sept – May

Ocean All day 5,000
Barreleye

All year

Ocean 9 PM – 4 AM 12,000
Betta

Nov – Apr

River 9 AM – 4 PM 2,500
Bitterling May – Sept River All day 900
Black Bass All year River All day 400
Blowfish May – Aug Ocean 9 PM – 4 AM 5,000
Blue Marlin Jan – Mar, May – Oct Pier All day 10,000
Bluegill All year River 9 AM – 4 PM 180
Carp All year River All day 300
Catfish Nov – Apr Pond 4 PM – 9 AM 800
Char Mar – May, Sept – Dec River 4 PM – 9 AM 3,800
Cherry Salmon Mar – May, Sept – Dec River (Clifftop) All day 1,000
Clownfish Oct – Mar Ocean All day 650
Coelacanth All year

Ocean (Rain)

All day 15,000
Crawfish Oct – Mar Pond All day 200
Crucian Carp All year River All day 160
Dab Apr – Oct Ocean All day 300
Dace All year River 4 PM – 9 AM 240
Football Fish May – Sept Ocean 4 PM – 9 AM 2,500
Freshwater Goby All year River 4 PM – 9 AM 400
Golden Trout Mar – May, Sept – Nov

River (Clifftop)

4 PM – 9 AM 15,000
Goldfish All year Pond All day 1,300
Guppy Oct – May River 9 AM – 4 PM 1,300
Hammerhead Shark Dec – Mar Ocean 4 PM – 9 AM 8,000
Horse Mackerel All year Ocean All day 150
King Salmon Mar River (Mouth) All day 1,800
Koi All year Pond 4 PM – 9 AM 4,000
Loach Sept – Nov River All day 400
Mitten Crab Mar – May River 4 PM – 9 AM 2,000
Moray Eel Feb – Apr Ocean All day 2,000
Neon Tetra Oct – May River 4 AM – 4 PM 500
Oarfish June – Nov Ocean All day 9,000
Ocean Sunfish Jan – Mar Ocean 4 AM – 9 PM 4,000
Olive Flounder All year Ocean All day 800
Pale Chub All year River 9 AM – 4 PM 200
Pike Mar – June River All day 1,800
Piranha Dec – Mar River

9 AM – 4 PM

4 AM – 9 PM

2,500
Pond Smelt June – Aug River

All day

320
Pop-eyed Goldfish All year Pond 9AM – 4PM 1,300
Puffer Fish Jan – Mar Ocean Any Time 250
Rainbowfish Nov – Apr River 9 AM – 4 PM 800
Ranchu Goldfish All year Pond 9 AM – 4 PM 4,500
Ray Feb – May Ocean 4 AM – 9 PM 3,000
Red Snapper All year Ocean All day 3,000
Ribbon Eel Jan – Apr Ocean All day 600
Salmon Mar River (Mouth) All day 700
Sea Bass All year Ocean All day 400
Sea Butterfly June – Sept Ocean All day 1,000
Seahorse Oct – May Ocean All day 1,100
Soft-shelled Turtle Feb – Mar River 4 PM – 9 AM 3,750
Squid June – Feb Ocean All day 500
Stringfish June – Sept River (Clifftop) 4 PM – 9 AM 15,000
Sturgeon Mar – Sept River (Mouth) All day 10,000
Suckerfish Dec – Mar Ocean All day 1,500
Sweetfish Jan – Mar River All day 900
Tadpole Sept – Jan Pond All day 100
Tilapia Dec – Apr River All day 800

Tuna

May – Oct Pier All day 7,000
Whale Shark TBD Ocean TBD TBD
Yellow Perch Apr – Sept River All day 300
Zebra Turkeyfish Jan – May, Oct – Nov Ocean All day 500