There are a bunch rare fish to find in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including the Stringfish. It's only available for four months of the year which will be different depending on your hemisphere) and then only in one specific location on your island, which makes it a touch rarer than the Golden Trout, a fish you catch in precisely the same location. If you've already caught that then you know where to go and what to do already. If you haven't hooked a Golden Trout just yet, below we'll go over the steps to catching its slightly rarer sister fish, the Stringfish.
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Catch the Stringfish
When can you catch the Stringfish?
The Stringfish is only available at the following times of the day/year:
- Time: 4pm - 9am
- Month (Hemisphere): Dec-Mar (N) / Jun-Sep (S)
Where is the Stringfish?
Like the Golden Trout, the Stringfish can only be found in elevated streams on your island, ideally the highest point on your island (the highest clifftop pool with a waterfall). There's no point hoping to catch the Stringfish in any sea-level river location, although as you can see from our pictorial evidence, it is possible to catch the Stringfish (and the Golden Trout) in the stream below your clifftop waterfall (on the first level above sea level) and not only on the highest plateau.
How do you catch the Stringfish?
The trick to catching the Stringfish is to craft fish bait using the squirting Manila Clams you dig up on the beach in order to have the rare fish spawn. Each clam can be crafted into a single helping of fish bait which you can sprinkle in any body of water for the shadow of a fish to appear.
To catch the Stringfish we dug up Manila Clams from the beach using our shovel and crafted them all into fish bait.
We then went to the highest clifftop area and threw the fish bait in the water there. After experiencing some good luck with the Golden Trout, the game seemingly took its revenge with the Stringfish. While some of the Nintendo Life team hooked one relatively quickly, others crafted over 100 bait to catch the blighter.
After hooking a load of more common fish, we eventually pulled it out the mighty Stringfish! Note that we weren't actually standing the highest level of our island, either. It seems you just need to be 'near' that body of water and the fish should spawn. Perhaps we got lucky - we'd recommend fishing above the waterfall rather than below it just to be on the safe side.
Of course, the fish will still spawn in the spot without the use of bait, too, but the chances of a fish being present in that clifftop body of water and it being a Stringfish are far fewer than if you use bait to spawn new fish repeatedly in that location.
How much is the Stringfish worth?
The rare Stringfish is worth 15,000 Bells if you sell it to Timmy and Tommy (or 12,000 Bells if you leave it in the Nook's Cranny Drop Box). Make sure you donate one to the Museum, though! Blathers will be pleased.
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