Animal Crossing New Horizons Gone Fishin

If you're looking for information about fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you've come to the right place. Below you will find a complete Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish list featuring a gallery of every fish and collectable underwater creature in the game and some basic fishing tips.

There are a total of 80 fish to catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The creatures in this guide are listed in the order they appear in Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Critterpedia, and each entry includes a picture, the time of day/year it is available (in each hemisphere), the spawn location and the selling price you'll get if you sell your catch at Nook's Cranny. This fish list will be updated as we get more information.

If you're after rare fish, check out our guides on how to catch the rare Golden Trout and Stringfish, and find out every creature (including bugs) leaving at the end of the month, too. Bug catcher may want to check out our Animal Crossing: New Horizons bug guide with all the same information as below, except for bugs, insects and creepy crawlies instead of fish and marine life.

Remember: Certain fish will be leaving Animal Crossing: New Horizons at the end of May, you'll want to catch these fish before June 1.

How to catch fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Equipment You'll Need

To catch fish you'll need a fishing rod. You will need the following ingredients to craft a Flimsy Fishing Rod:

  • x5 tree branch

However, serious anglers will want to upgrade that to a proper Fishing Rod. To do so, you'll need:

Once you've got the gear, it's time to head out and hook some fish.

Ponds

Fishing Tips & Techniques

Fishing in Animal Crossing is a simple yet delicate art. It requires intense observation, precision and timing to hook a fish, but the principle is always the same whether you're snagging a Snapper or bagging a Bitterling.

Fish appear as shadows beneath the surface of the water. The size relates to the type of fish, but just as in real life you'll never be sure exactly what you've hooked until you pull it out of the water.

  • Approach the riverbank or shore slowly so as not to scare away your catch. Cast your line so the lure lands within the viewing range at the front of the fish.
  • Once you have its attention, the fish will start investigating at the lure. Sometimes it will take it immediately, other times it may poke and prod at it multiple times before taking the bait.
  • Wait until you hear the 'plop' and see the lure disappear beneath the water's surface. You now have a limited window to press 'A' and catch the fish. Both the visual and audio cues will help you, so if you're having trouble make sure you have the volume turned up.

  • If you do this in time, the fish will start swimming rapidly in a circle before you hoist your catch out of the water. Once this begins you can relax. Hammering 'A' will make no difference; you've already won.

  • If you're too late with your button press, the fish will swim away.

Fish Bait - How to craft fish bait with a Manila Clam

As you've been beach-combing you've probably seen Manila Clams squirting water from beneath the sand. These can be dug up with your shovel and turned into fish bait at any crafting bench. Use this bait in any body of water and a fish shadow will spawn ready for you to (attempt to) catch.

Complete Fish List - Every fish in the Critterpedia

1. Bitterling

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Nov-Mar (N) / May-Sep (S)
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 900 Bells

2. Pale Chub

  • Time: 9am - 4pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 160 Bells

3. Crucian Carp

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 160 Bells

4. Dace

  • Time: 4pm - 9am
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 240 Bells

5. Carp

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Ponds
  • Sell price: 300 Bells

6. Koi

  • Time: 4pm - 9am
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Ponds
  • Sell price: 4,000 Bells

7. Goldfish

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Ponds
  • Sell price: 1,300 Bells

8. Pop-eyed Goldfish

  • Time: 9am - 4pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Ponds
  • Sell price: 1,300 Bells

9. Ranchu Goldfish

  • Time: 9am - 4pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Ponds
  • Sell price: 4,500 Bells

10. Killifish

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Apr-Aug (N) / Oct-Feb (S)
  • Location: Ponds
  • Sell price: 300 Bells

11. Crawfish

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Apr-Sep (N) / Oct-Mar (S)
  • Location: Ponds
  • Sell price: 200 Bells

12. Soft-shelled Turtle

  • Time: 4pm - 9am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Aug-Sep (N) / Feb-Mar (S)
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 3,750 Bells

13. Snapping Turtle

  • Time: 9pm - 4am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Apr-Oct (N) / Oct-Apr (S)
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 5,000 Bells

14. Tadpole

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Mar-Jul (N) / Sep-Jan (S)
  • Location: Ponds
  • Sell price: 100 Bells

15. Frog

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): May-Aug (N) / Nov-Feb (S)
  • Location: Ponds
  • Sell price: 120

16. Freshwater Goby

  • Time: 4pm - 9am
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 400 Bells

17. Loach

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Mar-May (N) / Sep-Nov (S)
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 400 Bells

18. Catfish

  • Time: 4pm - 9am
  • Month (Hemisphere): May-Oct (N) / Nov-Apr (S)
  • Location: Ponds
  • Sell price: 800 Bells

19. Giant Snakehead

  • Time: 9am - 4pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jun-Aug (N) / Dec-Feb (S)
  • Location: Ponds
  • Sell price: ???

20. Bluegill

  • Time: 9am - 4pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 180 Bells

21. Yellow Perch

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Oct-Mar (N) / Apr-Sep (S)
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 300 Bells

22. Black Bass

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): All year
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 400 Bells

23. Tilapia

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jun-Oct (N) / Dec-Apr (S)
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 800 Bells

24. Pike

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Sep-Dec (N) / Mar-Jun (S)
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 1,800 Bells

25. Pond Smelt

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Dec-Feb (N) / Jun-Aug (S)
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: ???

26. Sweetfish

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jul-Sep (N) / Jan-Mar (S)
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 900 Bells

27. Cherry Salmon

  • Time: 4pm - 9am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Mar-Jun, Sep-Nov (N) / Mar-May, Sep-Dec (S)
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 1,000 Bells

28. Char

  • Time: 4pm - 9am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Mar-Jun, Sep-Nov (N) / Mar-May, Sep-Dec (S)
  • Location: Rivers and ponds
  • Sell price: 3,800 Bells

29. Golden Trout

  • Time: 4pm - 9am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Mar-May, Sep-Nov (Both)
  • Location: Clifftop river (highest water on your island)
  • Sell price: 15,000 Bells

30. Stringfish

  • Time: 4pm - 9am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Dec-Mar (N) / Jun-Sep (S)
  • Location: Clifftop river (highest water on your island)
  • Sell price: 15,000 Bells

31. Salmon

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Sep (N) / Mar (S)
  • Location: River mouth
  • Sell price: 700 Bells

32. King Salmon

  • Time: All day and night
  • Month (Hemisphere): Sep (N) / Mar (S)
  • Location: River mouth
  • Sell price: 1,800 Bells

33. Mitten Crab

  • Time: 4pm - 9am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Sep-Nov (N) / Mar-May (S)
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 2,000 Bells

34. Guppy

  • Time: 9am - 4pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Apr-Nov (N) / Oct-May (S)
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 1,300 Bells

35. Nibble Fish

  • Time: 9am - 4pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): May-Sep (N) / Nov-Mar (S)
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 1,500 Bells

36. Angelfish

  • Time: 4pm - 9am
  • Month (Hemisphere): May-Oct (N) / Nov-Apr (S)
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 3,000 Bells

37. Betta

  • Time: 9am - 4pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): May-Oct (N) / Nov-Apr (S)
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 2,500 Bells

38. Neon Tetra

  • Time: 9am - 4pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): Apr-Nov (N) / Oct-May (S)
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 500 Bells

39. Rainbowfish

  • Time: 9am - 4pm
  • Month (Hemisphere): May-Oct (N) / Nov-Apr (S)
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 800 Bells

40. Piranha

  • Time: 9am - 4pm, 9pm - 4am
  • Month (Hemisphere): Jun-Sep (N) / Dec-Mar (S)
  • Location: Rivers
  • Sell price: 2,500 Bells