Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fish Guide – How To Catch, Prices, Shadow Sizes, And More

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There are a lot of different ways to make money in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and one of the best is by fishing for rare species. Similarly to bugs, there are tons of different types of fish that vary depending on a variety of factors, including the time of day, weather, and season. There are 80 to catch in New Horizons, and you can sell them, gift them, donate them, or display them. What you chose to do with them is up to you, but you’ll need to actually catch them before making that decision.

Below, we have two tables–one for the Northern Hemisphere and one for the Southern Hemisphere–listing every fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, where and when you can catch them, and how much you can sell them for (which is a good way to make money in Animal Crossing). We’ve also broken down the fundamentals of fishing in Animal Crossing, including how to craft your first fishing rod, everything that can affect how and when fish spawn, and which seasonal fish you should focus on each month.

If you’re determined to fill out your museum, you should also check out our guide to Redd’s art and how to tell real art from the fakes. You can also look up every item in the game using the New Horizons catalog tool from our sister site GameFAQs.

Every Fish In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The list below contains the time of year, time of day, location, shadow size, and price for every fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This is divided into two separate tables, as the months of the year will be different for each hemisphere.

Location

There are three types of environments for fish on the island: sea (the ocean), river, and pond. The river is further split into three categories–river mouth, river clifftop, and general river–and the sea 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.

Shadow Size

Fish come in a few different sizes, and each type of fish appears as the same size shadow each time. The shadow sizes are: extra small (1), small (2), medium (3), large (4), extra large (5), and giant (6). Longer, skinnier shadows in the ocean are eels, which can be caught like any other fish, and some shadows will also appear with a fin on top, signaling a shark or other rare, finned fish. You can use our chart and the tables below to help determine the size of a fish’s shadow and which fish it might be.

A chart of the standard fish sizes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
A chart of the standard fish sizes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Northern Hemisphere

Fish Months Location / Size Time Price
Anchovy All year Sea
2
4 AM –
9 PM
200
Angelfish May – Oct River
2
4 PM –
9 AM
3,000
Arapaima June – Sept

River
6

4 PM –
9 AM
10,000
Arowana June – Sept River
4
4 PM –
9 AM
10,000
Barred Knifejaw Mar – Nov Sea
3
All day 5,000
Barreleye All year Sea
2
9 PM –
4 AM
15,000
Betta May – Oct River
2
9 AM –
4 PM
2,500
Bitterling Nov – Mar River
1
All day 900
Black Bass All year River
4
All day 400
Blowfish Nov – Feb Sea
3
9 PM –
4 AM
5,000
Blue Marlin Nov – Apr
July – Sept
Pier
6
All day 10,000
Bluegill All year River
2
9 AM –
4 PM
180
Butterfly Fish Apr – Sept Sea
2
All day 1,000
Carp All year River
4
All day 300
Catfish May – Oct Pond
4
4 PM –
9 AM
800
Char Mar – June
Sept – Nov
River
3
4 PM –
9 AM
3,800
Cherry Salmon Mar – June
Sept – Nov
River (Clifftop)
3
4 PM –
9 AM
1,000
Clown Fish Apr – Sept Sea
1
All day 650
Coelacanth All year

Sea (Rain)
6

All day 15,000
Crawfish Apr – Sept Pond
2
All day 200
Crucian Carp All year River
2
All day 160
Dab Oct – Apr Sea
3
All day 300
Dace All year River
3
4 PM –
9 AM
240
Dorado June – Sept

River
5

4 AM –
9 PM
15,000
Football Fish Nov – Mar Sea
4
4 PM –
9 AM
2,500
Freshwater Goby All year River
2
4 PM –
9 AM
400
Frog May – Aug Pond
2
All day 120
Gar June – Sept Pond
5
4 PM –
9 AM
6,000
Giant Snakehead June – Aug Pond
5
9 AM –
4 PM
5,500
Giant Trevally May – Oct Pier
5
All day 4,500
Golden Trout Mar – May
Sept – Nov

River (Clifftop)
3

4 PM –
9 AM
15,000
Goldfish All year Pond
1
All day 1,300
Great White Shark June – Sept Sea
Fin
4 PM –
9 AM
15,000
Guppy Apr – Nov River
1
9 AM –
4 PM
1,300

Hammerhead Shark

June – Sept Sea
Fin
4 PM –
9 AM
8,000
Horse Mackerel All year Sea
2
All day 150
Killifish Apr – Aug Pond
1
All day 300
King Salmon Sept River (Mouth)
6
All day 1,800
Koi All year Pond
4
4 PM –
9 AM
4,000
Loach Mar – May River
2
All day 400
Mahi-mahi May – Oct Pier
5
All day 6,000
Mitten Crab Sept – Nov River
2
4 PM –
9 AM
2,000
Moray Eel Aug – Oct Sea
Narrow
All day 2,000
Napoleonfish July – Aug Sea
6
4 AM –
9 PM
10,000
Neon Tetra Apr – Nov River
1
9 AM –
4 PM
500
Nibble Fish May – Sept River
1
9 AM –
4 PM
1,500
Oarfish Dec – May Sea
6
All day 9,000
Ocean Sunfish July – Sept Sea
Fin
4 AM –
9 PM
4,000
Olive Flounder All year Sea
5
All day 800
Pale Chub All year River
1
9 AM –
4 PM
200
Pike Sept – Dec River
5
All day 1,800
Piranha June – Sept River
2

9 AM –
4 PM,
9 PM –
4 AM

2,500
Pond Smelt Dec – Feb River
2

All day

400
Pop-eyed Goldfish All year Pond
1
9 AM –
4 PM
1,300
Puffer Fish July – Sept Sea
3
All day 250
Rainbowfish May – Oct River
2
9 AM –
4 PM
800
Ranchu Goldfish All year Pond
2
9 AM –
4 PM
4,500
Ray Aug – Nov Sea
5
4 AM –
9 PM
3,000
Red Snapper All year Sea
4
All day 3,000
Ribbon Eel July – Oct Sea
Narrow
All day 600
Saddled Bichir June – Sept River
4
9 PM –
4 AM
4,000
Salmon Sept River (Mouth)
4
All day 700
Saw Shark June – Sept Sea
Fin
4 PM –
9 AM
12,000
Sea Bass All year Sea
5
All day 400
Sea Butterfly Dec – Mar Sea
1
All day 1,000
Sea Horse Apr – Nov Sea
1
All day 1,100
Snapping Turtle Apr – Oct River
4
9 PM –
4 AM
5,000
Soft-shelled Turtle Aug – Sept River
4
4 PM –
9 AM
3,750
Squid Dec – Aug Sea
3
All day 500
Stringfish Dec – Mar River (Clifftop)
5
4 PM –
9 AM
15,000
Sturgeon Sept – Mar River (Mouth)
6
All day 10,000
Suckerfish June – Sept Sea
Fin
All day 1,500
Surgeonfish Apr – Sept Sea
2
All day 1,000
Sweetfish July – Sept River
3
All day 900
Tadpole Mar – July Pond
1
All day 100
Tilapia June – Oct River
3
All day 800

Tuna

Nov – Apr Pier
6
All day 7,000
Whale Shark June – Sept Sea
Fin
All day 13,000
Yellow Perch Oct – Mar River
3
All day 300
Zebra Turkeyfish April – May
July – Nov
Sea
3
All day 500
A medium-sized fish (size 3) in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
A medium-sized fish (size 3) in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Southern Hemisphere

Fish Months Location / Size Time Price
Anchovy All year Sea
2
4 AM –
9 PM
200
Angelfish Nov – Apr River
2
4 PM –
9 AM
3,000
Arapaima Dec – Mar River
6
4 PM –
9 AM
10,000
Arowana Dec – Mar River
4
4 PM –
9 AM
10,000
Barred Knifejaw Sept – May Sea
3
All day 5,000
Barreleye Nov – Apr Sea
3
9 PM –
4 AM
15,000
Betta Nov – Apr River
2
9 PM –
4 AM
2,500
Bitterling May – Sept River
1
All day 900
Black Bass All year River
4
All day 400
Blowfish May – Aug Sea
3
9 PM –
4 AM
5,000
Blue Marlin Jan – Mar
May – Oct
Pier
6
All day 10,000
Bluegill All year River
2
9 AM –
4 PM
180
Butterfly Fish Oct – Mar Sea
2
All day 1,000
Carp All year River
4
All day 300
Catfish Nov – Apr Pond
4
4 PM –
9 AM
800
Char Mar – May
Sept – Dec
River
4
4 PM –
9 AM
3,800
Cherry Salmon Mar – May
Sept – Dec
River (Clifftop)
3
4 PM –
9 AM
1,000
Clown Fish Oct – Mar Sea
1
All day 650
Coelacanth All year

Sea (Rain)
6

All day 15,000
Crawfish Oct – Mar Pond
2
All day 200
Crucian Carp All year River
2
All day 160
Dab Apr – Oct Sea
3
All day 300
Dace All year River
3
4 PM –
9 AM
240
Dorado Dec – Mar River
5
4 AM –
9 PM
15,000
Football Fish May – Sept Sea
4
4 PM –
9 AM
2,500
Freshwater Goby All year River
2
4 PM –
9 AM
400
Frog Nov – Feb Pond
2
All day 120
Gar Dec – Mar Pond
5
4 PM –
9 AM
6,000
Giant Snakehead Dec – Feb Pond
5
9 AM –
4 PM
5,500
Giant Trevally Nov – Apr Pier
5
All day 4,500
Golden Trout Mar – May
Sept – Nov

River (Clifftop)
3

4 PM –
9 AM
15,000
Goldfish All year Pond
1
All day 1,300
Great White Shark Dec – Mar Sea
Fin
4 PM –
9 AM
15,000
Guppy Oct – May River
1
9 AM –
4 PM
1,300
Hammerhead Shark Dec – Mar Sea
Fin
4 PM –
9 AM
8,000
Horse Mackerel All year Sea
2
All day 150
Killifish Oct – Feb Pond
1
All day 300
King Salmon Mar River (Mouth)
6
All day 1,800
Koi All year Pond
4
4 PM –
9 AM
4,000
Loach Sept – Nov River
2
All day 400
Mahi-mahi Nov – Apr Pier
5
All day 6,000
Mitten Crab Mar – May River
2
4 PM –
9 AM
2,000
Moray Eel Feb – Apr Sea
Narrow
All day 2,000
Napoleonfish Jan – Feb Sea
6
4 AM –
9 PM
10,000
Neon Tetra Oct – May River
1
9 AM –
4 PM
500
Nibble Fish Nov – Mar River
1
9 AM –
4 PM
1,500
Oarfish June – Nov Sea
6
All day 9,000
Ocean Sunfish Jan – Mar Sea
Fin
4 AM –
9 PM
4,000
Olive Flounder All year Sea
5
All day 800
Pale Chub All year River
1
9 AM –
4 PM
200
Pike Mar – June River
5
All day 1,800
Piranha Dec – Mar River
2

9 AM –
4 PM,
9 PM –
4 AM

2,500
Pond Smelt June – Aug River
2

All day

400
Pop-eyed Goldfish All year Pond
1
9AM –
4PM
1,300
Puffer Fish Jan – Mar Sea
3
All day 250
Rainbowfish Nov – Apr River
2
9 AM –
4 PM
800
Ranchu Goldfish All year Pond
2
9 AM –
4 PM
4,500
Ray Feb – May Sea
5
4 AM –
9 PM
3,000
Red Snapper All year Sea
4
All day 3,000
Ribbon Eel Jan – Apr Sea
Narrow
All day 600
Saddled Bichir Dec – Mar River
4
9 PM –
4 AM
4,000
Salmon Mar River (Mouth)
4
All day 700
Saw Shark Dec – Mar Sea
Fin
4 PM –
9 AM
12,000
Sea Bass All year Sea
5
All day 400
Sea Butterfly June – Sept Sea
1
All day 1,000
Sea Horse Oct – May Sea
1
All day 1,100
Snapping Turtle Oct – Apr River
4
9 PM –
4 AM
5,000
Soft-shelled Turtle Feb – Mar River
4
4 PM –
9 AM
3,750
Squid June – Feb Sea
3
All day 500
Stringfish June – Sept River (Clifftop)
5
4 PM –
9 AM
15,000
Sturgeon Mar – Sept River (Mouth)
6
All day 10,000
Suckerfish Dec – Mar Sea
Fin
All day 1,500
Surgeonfish Oct – Mar

Sea
2

All day 1,000
Sweetfish Jan – Mar River
3
All day 900
Tadpole Sept – Jan Pond
1
All day 100
Tilapia Dec – Apr River
3
All day 800

Tuna

May – Oct Pier
6
All day 7,000
Whale Shark Dec – Mar Sea
Fin
All day 13,000
Yellow Perch Apr – Sept River
3
All day 300
Zebra Turkeyfish Jan – May
Oct – Nov
Sea
3
All day 500

Fish To Catch In April

As mentioned above, fish will come and go out of season in Animal Crossing. For players in the Northern Hemisphere, April sees the arrival of a bunch of new fish and aquatic life, including the elusive Snapping Turtle. This is also the last month to catch the rare and valuable Blue Marlin and Tuna, which both go out of season in May, so hit up that pier while you still have the chance!

Players in the Southern Hemisphere will see the arrival of two new fish and will have to work diligently to catch the over half a dozen that will be going out of season after the month is up. See a more comprehensive list of what’s coming and going in April in our guides below.

How To Fish

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 failure, scaring away the fish.

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.

Fishing bait is also a useful item for forcing fish spawns to appear in empty water. You can craft it at any DIY workbench using manila clams, which you can dig up from beaches with a shovel. You’ll know where they are when you see a squirt of water emerge from the sand. One manila clam can craft one fish bait. Unfortunately, you can’t bulk craft fish bait.

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.

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