Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fish Guide (ACNH) | Fish List, Tips, Prices, Shadows, and Appearance Times

Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) Fish Guide
See the complete list of all Fish, and how and where to catch them (spawn locations) in our Animal Crossing Fish Wiki. Read info on sell prices, active months, spawn schedule, shadow size, locations, and rarity for every fish in ACNH for both North and South Hemispheres, as well as an in-depth guide on how to fish, and fishing tips to catch every fish and improve your angling skills to expand your Critterpedia!

New Fish in New Horizons

There are a total of 80 fish that can be caught with a fishing rod in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Here are the new fish that has been added to the game.

Anchovy ImageAnchovy Barreleye ImageBarreleye Betta ImageBetta Golden Trout ImageGolden Trout
Mahi-Mahi ImageMahi-Mahi Rainbowfish ImageRainbowfish Ranchu Goldfish ImageRanchu Goldfish Snapping Turtle ImageSnapping Turtle
Sturgeon ImageSturgeon Suckerfish ImageSuckerfish Tilapia ImageTilapia

List of All Fish (Fish Encyclopedia)

Fish by Month

Different kinds of fish appear in each season and month. You can potentially discover new species this month that were not available in the previous month. Click on the links below to learn more about which fish will spawn on each month!

Fish by Month
(Northern and Southern Hemisphere)
January February March April
May June July August
September October November December

Note: The pages above show fish appearances for both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

All Northern Hemisphere Fish Times and Spawn Locations

This is the complete list of every fish you can catch if your island is in the Northern Hemisphere. Be sure to check the spawn locations the entire day as different fish spawn at different times. This table also includes their shadow size, worth, and spawn locations. Read on if you're looking to find a specific fish!

Name Shadow Size Price Area & Times
1 Bitterling ImageBitterling Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✩✩✩✩
900 Area:
River
Months:
November to March
Times:
Any time
2 Pale Chub ImagePale Chub Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✭✩✩✩
200 Area:
River
Months:
All year
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
3 Crucian Carp ImageCrucian Carp Small ShadowSmall
✭✩✩✩✩
160 Area:
River
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
4 Dace ImageDace Medium ShadowMedium
✭✩✩✩✩
240 Area:
River
Months:
All year
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
5 Carp ImageCarp Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✩✩✩
300 Area:
Pond
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
6 Koi ImageKoi Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✩✩✩
4000 Area:
Pond
Months:
All year
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
7 Goldfish ImageGoldfish Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✩✩✩✩
1300 Area:
Pond
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
8 Pop-Eyed Goldfish ImagePop-Eyed Goldfish Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✭✩✩✩
1300 Area:
Pond
Months:
All year
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
9 Ranchu Goldfish ImageRanchu Goldfish Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✭✭✩
4500 Area:
Pond
Months:
All year
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
10 Killifish ImageKillifish Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✩✩✩✩
300 Area:
Pond
Months:
April to August
Times:
Any time
11 Crawfish ImageCrawfish Small ShadowSmall
✭✩✩✩✩
200 Area:
Pond
Months:
April to September
Times:
Any time
12 Soft-Shelled Turtle ImageSoft-Shelled Turtle Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✭✩✩
3750 Area:
River
Months:
August and September
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
13 Snapping Turtle ImageSnapping Turtle Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✩✩✩
5000 Area:
River
Months:
April to October
Times:
9 PM to 4 AM
14 Tadpole ImageTadpole Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✩✩✩✩
100 Area:
Pond
Months:
March to July
Times:
Any time
15 Frog ImageFrog Small ShadowSmall
✭✩✩✩✩
120 Area:
Pond
Months:
May to August
Times:
Any time
16 Freshwater Goby ImageFreshwater Goby Small ShadowSmall
✭✩✩✩✩
400 Area:
River
Months:
All year
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
17 Loach ImageLoach Small ShadowSmall
✭✩✩✩✩
400 Area:
River
Months:
March to May
Times:
Any time
18 Catfish ImageCatfish Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✩✩✩
800 Area:
Pond
Months:
May to October
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
19 Giant Snakehead ImageGiant Snakehead Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✭✭✩
5500 Area:
Pond
Months:
June to August
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
20 Bluegill ImageBluegill Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✩✩✩
160 Area:
River
Months:
All year
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
21 Yellow Perch ImageYellow Perch Medium ShadowMedium
✭✩✩✩✩
300 Area:
River
Months:
October to March
Times:
Any time
22 Black Bass ImageBlack Bass Large ShadowLarge
✭✩✩✩✩
400 Area:
River
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
23 Tilapia ImageTilapia Medium ShadowMedium
✭✩✩✩✩
800 Area:
River
Months:
June to October
Times:
Any time
24 Pike ImagePike Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✩✩✩
1800 Area:
River
Months:
September to December
Times:
Any time
25 Pond Smelt ImagePond Smelt Small ShadowSmall
✭✩✩✩✩
400 Area:
River
Months:
December to February
Times:
Any time
26 Sweetfish ImageSweetfish Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✩✩✩
900 Area:
River
Months:
July to September
Times:
Any time
27 Cherry Salmon ImageCherry Salmon Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✭✩✩
1000 Area:
River - Clifftop
Months:
March to June|September to November
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
28 Char ImageChar Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✭✭✭
3800 Area:
River - Clifftop
Months:
March to June|September to November
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
29 Golden Trout ImageGolden Trout Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✭✩✩
15000 Area:
River - Clifftop
Months:
March to May|September to November
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
30 Stringfish ImageStringfish Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✭✭
15000 Area:
River - Clifftop
Months:
December to March
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
31 Salmon ImageSalmon Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✩✩✩
700 Area:
River Mouth
Months:
September
Times:
Any time
32 King Salmon ImageKing Salmon Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✩✩
1800 Area:
River Mouth
Months:
September
Times:
Any time
33 Mitten Crab ImageMitten Crab Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✭✩✩
2000 Area:
River
Months:
September to November
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
34 Guppy ImageGuppy Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✭✩✩✩
1300 Area:
River
Months:
April to November
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
35 Nibble Fish ImageNibble Fish Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✩✩✩
1500 Area:
River
Months:
May to September
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
36 Angelfish ImageAngelfish Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✩✩✩
3000 Area:
River
Months:
May to October
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
37 Betta ImageBetta Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✩✩✩
2500 Area:
River
Months:
May to October
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
38 Neon Tetra ImageNeon Tetra Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✭✩✩✩
500 Area:
River
Months:
April to November
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
39 Rainbowfish ImageRainbowfish Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✭✭✭✩
800 Area:
River
Months:
May to October
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
40 Piranha ImagePiranha Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✩✩✩
2500 Area:
River
Months:
June to September
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM|9 PM to 4 AM
41 Arowana ImageArowana Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✩✩✩
10000 Area:
River
Months:
June to September
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
42 Dorado ImageDorado Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✭✩✩
15000 Area:
River
Months:
June to September
Times:
4 AM to 9 PM
43 Gar ImageGar Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✩✩
6000 Area:
Pond
Months:
June to September
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
44 Arapaima ImageArapaima Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✩✩
10000 Area:
River
Months:
June to September
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
45 Saddled Bichir ImageSaddled Bichir Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✭✭✩
4000 Area:
River
Months:
June to September
Times:
9 PM to 4 AM
46 Sturgeon ImageSturgeon Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✩✩
10000 Area:
River Mouth
Months:
September to March
Times:
Any time
47 Sea Butterfly ImageSea Butterfly Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✩✩✩✩
1000 Area:
Sea
Months:
December to March
Times:
Any time
48 Seahorse ImageSeahorse Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✩✩✩✩
1100 Area:
Sea
Months:
April to November
Times:
Any time
49 Clownfish ImageClownfish Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✩✩✩✩
650 Area:
Sea
Months:
April to September
Times:
Any time
50 Surgeonfish ImageSurgeonfish Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✭✩✩
1000 Area:
Sea
Months:
April to September
Times:
Any time
51 Butterfly Fish ImageButterfly Fish Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✩✩✩
1000 Area:
Sea
Months:
April to September
Times:
Any time
52 Napoleonfish ImageNapoleonfish Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✭✭
10000 Area:
Sea
Months:
July to August
Times:
4 AM to 9 PM
53 Zebra Turkeyfish ImageZebra Turkeyfish Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✩✩✩
500 Area:
Sea
Months:
April to November
Times:
Any time
54 Blowfish ImageBlowfish Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✭✭✩
5000 Area:
Sea
Months:
November to February
Times:
9 PM to 4 AM
55 Puffer Fish ImagePuffer Fish Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✩✩✩
250 Area:
Sea
Months:
July to September
Times:
Any time
56 Anchovy ImageAnchovy Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✭✩✩✩
200 Area:
Sea
Months:
All year
Times:
4 AM to 9 PM
57 Horse Mackerel ImageHorse Mackerel Small ShadowSmall
✭✩✩✩✩
150 Area:
Sea
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
58 Barred Knifejaw ImageBarred Knifejaw Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✩✩✩
5000 Area:
Sea
Months:
March to November
Times:
Any time
59 Sea Bass ImageSea Bass Large ShadowLarge
✭✩✩✩✩
400 Area:
Sea
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
60 Red Snapper ImageRed Snapper Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✩✩✩
3000 Area:
Sea
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
61 Dab ImageDab Medium ShadowMedium
✭✩✩✩✩
300 Area:
Sea
Months:
October to April
Times:
Any time
62 Olive Flounder ImageOlive Flounder Large ShadowLarge
✭✩✩✩✩
800 Area:
Sea
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
63 Squid ImageSquid Medium ShadowMedium
✭✩✩✩✩
500 Area:
Sea
Months:
December to August
Times:
Any time
64 Moray Eel ImageMoray Eel Long and Thin ShadowLong and Thin
✭✭✭✭✩
2000 Area:
Sea
Months:
August to October
Times:
Any time
65 Ribbon Eel ImageRibbon Eel Long and Thin ShadowLong and Thin
✭✭✭✩✩
600 Area:
Sea
Months:
June to October
Times:
Any time
66 Tuna ImageTuna Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✭✭
7000 Area:
Sea - Pier
Months:
November to April
Times:
Any time
67 Blue Marlin ImageBlue Marlin Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✭✩
10000 Area:
Sea - Pier
Months:
July to September | November to April
Times:
Any time
68 Giant Trevally ImageGiant Trevally Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✭✭✩
4500 Area:
Sea - Pier
Months:
May to October
Times:
Any time
69 Mahi-Mahi ImageMahi-Mahi Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✭✭
6000 Area:
Sea - Pier
Months:
May to October
Times:
Any time
70 Ocean Sunfish ImageOcean Sunfish Dorsal Finned ShadowDorsal Finned
✭✭✭✩✩
4000 Area:
Sea
Months:
July to September
Times:
4 AM to 9 PM
71 Ray ImageRay Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✭✩✩
3000 Area:
Sea
Months:
August to November
Times:
4 AM to 9 PM
72 Saw Shark ImageSaw Shark Dorsal Finned ShadowDorsal Finned
✭✭✭✩✩
12000 Area:
Sea
Months:
June to September
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
73 Hammerhead Shark ImageHammerhead Shark Dorsal Finned ShadowDorsal Finned
✭✭✭✩✩
8000 Area:
Sea
Months:
June to September
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
74 Great White Shark ImageGreat White Shark Dorsal Finned ShadowDorsal Finned
✭✭✭✩✩
15000 Area:
Sea
Months:
June to September
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
75 Whale Shark ImageWhale Shark Dorsal Finned ShadowDorsal Finned
✭✭✭✩✩
13000 Area:
Sea
Months:
June to September
Times:
Any time
76 Suckerfish ImageSuckerfish Dorsal Finned ShadowDorsal Finned
✭✭✩✩✩
1500 Area:
Sea
Months:
June to September
Times:
Any time
77 Football Fish ImageFootball Fish Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✩✩✩
2500 Area:
Sea
Months:
November to March
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
78 Oarfish ImageOarfish Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✭✩
9000 Area:
Sea
Months:
December to May
Times:
Any time
79 Barreleye ImageBarreleye Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✩✩✩
12000 Area:
Sea
Months:
All year
Times:
9 PM to 4 AM
80 Coelacanth ImageCoelacanth Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✭✩
15000 Area:
Sea
Months:
All year
Only in Rain
Times:
Any time
Only in Rain
(Rain Only)

All Southern Hemisphere Fish Times and Spawn Locations

This is the complete list of every fish you can catch if your island is in the Southern Hemisphere. Be sure to check the spawn locations the entire day as different fish spawn at different times. This table also includes their shadow size, worth, and spawn locations. Read on if you're looking to find a specific fish!

See Southern Hemisphere list
Name Shadow Size Price Area & Times
1 Bitterling ImageBitterling Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✩✩✩✩
900 Area:
River
Months:
May to September
Times:
Any time
2 Pale Chub ImagePale Chub Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✭✩✩✩
200 Area:
River
Months:
All year
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
3 Crucian Carp ImageCrucian Carp Small ShadowSmall
✭✩✩✩✩
160 Area:
River
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
4 Dace ImageDace Medium ShadowMedium
✭✩✩✩✩
240 Area:
River
Months:
All year
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
5 Carp ImageCarp Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✩✩✩
300 Area:
Pond
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
6 Koi ImageKoi Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✩✩✩
4000 Area:
Pond
Months:
All year
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
7 Goldfish ImageGoldfish Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✩✩✩✩
1300 Area:
Pond
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
8 Pop-Eyed Goldfish ImagePop-Eyed Goldfish Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✭✩✩✩
1300 Area:
Pond
Months:
All year
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
9 Ranchu Goldfish ImageRanchu Goldfish Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✭✭✩
4500 Area:
Pond
Months:
All year
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
10 Killifish ImageKillifish Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✩✩✩✩
300 Area:
Pond
Months:
October to February
Times:
Any time
11 Crawfish ImageCrawfish Small ShadowSmall
✭✩✩✩✩
200 Area:
Pond
Months:
October to March
Times:
Any time
12 Soft-Shelled Turtle ImageSoft-Shelled Turtle Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✭✩✩
3750 Area:
River
Months:
February to March
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
13 Snapping Turtle ImageSnapping Turtle Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✩✩✩
5000 Area:
River
Months:
October to April
Times:
9 PM to 4 AM
14 Tadpole ImageTadpole Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✩✩✩✩
100 Area:
Pond
Months:
September to January
Times:
Any time
15 Frog ImageFrog Small ShadowSmall
✭✩✩✩✩
120 Area:
Pond
Months:
November to February
Times:
Any time
16 Freshwater Goby ImageFreshwater Goby Small ShadowSmall
✭✩✩✩✩
400 Area:
River
Months:
All year
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
17 Loach ImageLoach Small ShadowSmall
✭✩✩✩✩
400 Area:
River
Months:
September to November
Times:
Any time
18 Catfish ImageCatfish Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✩✩✩
800 Area:
Pond
Months:
November to April
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
19 Giant Snakehead ImageGiant Snakehead Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✭✭✩
5500 Area:
Pond
Months:
December to February
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
20 Bluegill ImageBluegill Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✩✩✩
160 Area:
River
Months:
All year
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
21 Yellow Perch ImageYellow Perch Medium ShadowMedium
✭✩✩✩✩
300 Area:
River
Months:
April to September
Times:
Any time
22 Black Bass ImageBlack Bass Large ShadowLarge
✭✩✩✩✩
400 Area:
River
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
23 Tilapia ImageTilapia Medium ShadowMedium
✭✩✩✩✩
800 Area:
River
Months:
December to April
Times:
Any time
24 Pike ImagePike Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✩✩✩
1800 Area:
River
Months:
March to June
Times:
Any time
25 Pond Smelt ImagePond Smelt Small ShadowSmall
✭✩✩✩✩
400 Area:
River
Months:
June to August
Times:
Any time
26 Sweetfish ImageSweetfish Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✩✩✩
900 Area:
River
Months:
July to March
Times:
Any time
27 Cherry Salmon ImageCherry Salmon Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✭✩✩
1000 Area:
River - Clifftop
Months:
March to May |
September to December
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
28 Char ImageChar Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✭✭✭
3800 Area:
River - Clifftop
Months:
March to May |
September to December
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
29 Golden Trout ImageGolden Trout Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✭✩✩
15000 Area:
River - Clifftop
Months:
March to May |
September to November
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
30 Stringfish ImageStringfish Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✭✭
15000 Area:
River - Clifftop
Months:
June to September
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
31 Salmon ImageSalmon Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✩✩✩
700 Area:
River Mouth
Months:
March
Times:
Any time
32 King Salmon ImageKing Salmon Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✩✩
1800 Area:
River Mouth
Months:
March
Times:
Any time
33 Mitten Crab ImageMitten Crab Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✭✩✩
2000 Area:
River
Months:
March to May
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
34 Guppy ImageGuppy Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✭✩✩✩
1300 Area:
River
Months:
October to May
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
35 Nibble Fish ImageNibble Fish Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✩✩✩
1500 Area:
River
Months:
November to March
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
36 Angelfish ImageAngelfish Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✩✩✩
3000 Area:
River
Months:
November to April
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
37 Betta ImageBetta Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✩✩✩
2500 Area:
River
Months:
November to April
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
38 Neon Tetra ImageNeon Tetra Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✭✩✩✩
500 Area:
River
Months:
October to May
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
39 Rainbowfish ImageRainbowfish Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✭✭✭✩
800 Area:
River
Months:
November to April
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
40 Piranha ImagePiranha Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✩✩✩
2500 Area:
River
Months:
December to March
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM|9 PM to 4 AM
41 Arowana ImageArowana Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✩✩✩
10000 Area:
River
Months:
December to March
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
42 Dorado ImageDorado Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✭✩✩
15000 Area:
River
Months:
December to March
Times:
4 AM to 9 PM
43 Gar ImageGar Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✩✩
6000 Area:
Pond
Months:
December to March
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
44 Arapaima ImageArapaima Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✩✩
10000 Area:
River
Months:
December to March
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
45 Saddled Bichir ImageSaddled Bichir Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✭✭✩
4000 Area:
River
Months:
December to March
Times:
9 PM to 4 AM
46 Sturgeon ImageSturgeon Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✩✩
10000 Area:
River Mouth
Months:
March to September
Times:
Any time
47 Sea Butterfly ImageSea Butterfly Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✩✩✩✩
1000 Area:
Sea
Months:
June to September
Times:
Any time
48 Seahorse ImageSeahorse Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✩✩✩✩
1100 Area:
Sea
Months:
October to May
Times:
Any time
49 Clownfish ImageClownfish Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✩✩✩✩
650 Area:
Sea
Months:
October to March
Times:
Any time
50 Surgeonfish ImageSurgeonfish Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✭✩✩
1000 Area:
Sea
Months:
October to March
Times:
Any time
51 Butterfly Fish ImageButterfly Fish Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✩✩✩
1000 Area:
Sea
Months:
October to March
Times:
Any time
52 Napoleonfish ImageNapoleonfish Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✭✭
10000 Area:
Sea
Months:
July to February
Times:
4 AM to 9 PM
53 Zebra Turkeyfish ImageZebra Turkeyfish Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✩✩✩
500 Area:
Sea
Months:
October to May
Times:
Any time
54 Blowfish ImageBlowfish Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✭✭✩
5000 Area:
Sea
Months:
May to August
Times:
9 PM to 4 AM
55 Puffer Fish ImagePuffer Fish Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✩✩✩
250 Area:
Sea
Months:
July to March
Times:
Any time
56 Anchovy ImageAnchovy Tiny ShadowTiny
✭✭✩✩✩
200 Area:
Sea
Months:
All year
Times:
4 AM to 9 PM
57 Horse Mackerel ImageHorse Mackerel Small ShadowSmall
✭✩✩✩✩
150 Area:
Sea
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
58 Barred Knifejaw ImageBarred Knifejaw Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✩✩✩
5000 Area:
Sea
Months:
September to May
Times:
Any time
59 Sea Bass ImageSea Bass Large ShadowLarge
✭✩✩✩✩
400 Area:
Sea
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
60 Red Snapper ImageRed Snapper Medium ShadowMedium
✭✭✩✩✩
3000 Area:
Sea
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
61 Dab ImageDab Medium ShadowMedium
✭✩✩✩✩
300 Area:
Sea
Months:
April to October
Times:
Any time
62 Olive Flounder ImageOlive Flounder Large ShadowLarge
✭✩✩✩✩
800 Area:
Sea
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
63 Squid ImageSquid Medium ShadowMedium
✭✩✩✩✩
500 Area:
Sea
Months:
June to February
Times:
Any time
64 Moray Eel ImageMoray Eel Long and Thin ShadowLong and Thin
✭✭✭✭✩
2000 Area:
Sea
Months:
February to April
Times:
Any time
65 Ribbon Eel ImageRibbon Eel Long and Thin ShadowLong and Thin
✭✭✭✩✩
600 Area:
Sea
Months:
December to April
Times:
Any time
66 Tuna ImageTuna Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✭✭
7000 Area:
Sea - Pier
Months:
May to October
Times:
Any time
67 Blue Marlin ImageBlue Marlin Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✭✩
10000 Area:
Sea - Pier
Months:
January to March |
May to October
Times:
Any time
68 Giant Trevally ImageGiant Trevally Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✭✭✩
4500 Area:
Sea - Pier
Months:
November to April
Times:
Any time
69 Mahi-Mahi ImageMahi-Mahi Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✭✭
6000 Area:
Sea - Pier
Months:
November to April
Times:
Any time
70 Ocean Sunfish ImageOcean Sunfish Dorsal Finned ShadowDorsal Finned
✭✭✭✩✩
4000 Area:
Sea
Months:
July to March
Times:
4 AM to 9 PM
71 Ray ImageRay Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✭✩✩
3000 Area:
Sea
Months:
February to May
Times:
4 AM to 9 PM
72 Saw Shark ImageSaw Shark Dorsal Finned ShadowDorsal Finned
✭✭✭✩✩
12000 Area:
Sea
Months:
December to March
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
73 Hammerhead Shark ImageHammerhead Shark Dorsal Finned ShadowDorsal Finned
✭✭✭✩✩
8000 Area:
Sea
Months:
December to March
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
74 Great White Shark ImageGreat White Shark Dorsal Finned ShadowDorsal Finned
✭✭✭✩✩
15000 Area:
Sea
Months:
December to March
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
75 Whale Shark ImageWhale Shark Dorsal Finned ShadowDorsal Finned
✭✭✭✩✩
13000 Area:
Sea
Months:
December to March
Times:
Any time
76 Suckerfish ImageSuckerfish Dorsal Finned ShadowDorsal Finned
✭✭✩✩✩
1500 Area:
Sea
Months:
December to March
Times:
Any time
77 Football Fish ImageFootball Fish Large ShadowLarge
✭✭✩✩✩
2500 Area:
Sea
Months:
May to September
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
78 Oarfish ImageOarfish Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✭✩
9000 Area:
Sea
Months:
June to November
Times:
Any time
79 Barreleye ImageBarreleye Small ShadowSmall
✭✭✩✩✩
12000 Area:
Sea
Months:
All year
Times:
9 PM to 4 AM
80 Coelacanth ImageCoelacanth Huge ShadowHuge
✭✭✭✭✩
15000 Area:
Sea
Months:
All year
Only in Rain
Times:
Any time
Only in Rain
(Rain Only)

Fish Prices List

Most Valuable Fish

Once you have caught fish, there are three things you can do with them (aside from keeping them as pets): sell them, have C.J. make a model of them, or donate them to the Museum.

Top 5 Expensive Fish

Icon Name Sell Price Location
80 Coelacanth Image Coelacanth 15000 Sea
74 Great White Shark Image Great White Shark 15000 Sea
42 Dorado Image Dorado 15000 River
30 Stringfish Image Stringfish 15000 River - Clifftop
29 Golden Trout Image Golden Trout 15000 River - Clifftop

There are a total of 5 fish selling for the max of 15,000 Bells, after which the price starts going down. However, there are many other expensive fish you can reel in loads of Bells by selling, so be sure to check out the full price list!

Complete List of Fish Sell Prices

List of All Fish by Location

The Fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons can be found in three types of water: Sea, Rivers, and Ponds.

The exact area of the body of water they can be found in can sometimes differ, like the river mouths leading into the ocean and the rivers on top of cliffs, so make sure you're looking the right place with our location guides below!

Types of Fish
Sea FishSea Fish River FishRiver Fish Pond FishPond Fish

What To Do With Fish You Catch

Donate to the Museum

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When catching any fish for the first time, you should usually donate it to the museum. This will help your museum grow any become more lively when you and friends visit it later! However, if you don't care about having a good museum, you do not necessarily have to donate it.

Sell Them for Bells

ACNH Nook

Each fish can only be donated to the museum one time. After that, you should sell them at Resident Services / Nook's Cranny to receive Bells. This is one of the easiest ways to make a ton of Bells, so hone your fishing power and your wallet (or Bell bag) will thank you!

Keep Them as Pets

The other thing that you can do with fish is keeping them as pets. When you drop a fish in or outside your house, it will automatically be displayed inside a small tank. While there is no real reason for doing this, perhaps you have a favorite type of fish, or have always wanted one of your own, so now is your chance!

What is the Rarest Fish?

The rarest fish in the game are the Stringfish and the Coelacanth. These are very elusive creatures and be a great trophy for a master fisherman!

What is the Biggest Fish?

If you want to flex off your fishing skills to your friends, the biggest fish to show off is either the Whale Shark or the Oceanfish. They are not as difficult to catch as the Coelacanth, but they're still very elusive.

Should I Sell or Keep the Fish?

That entirely depends on the player's needs. If the fish you caught doesn't have any records in the Museum, we recommend that you donate it to Blathers. If you're in need of Bells for a furniture or to pay off a loan, you should sell the fish. Fishing is one of the best and easiest ways to make money in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, so we suggest that you get your angling game on and aim for the big catch!

Work Towards the Golden Fishing Rod

If you catch every fish in the Critterpedia at least once (even if you sell or release them), you will get the recipe for the Golden Fishing Rod. It has a highest durability out of all the fishing rods. If you're a master fisherman, it would be worth it to get one!

How to get the Golden Fishing Rod

Can You Eat Fish?

Fish cannot be eaten in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. In previous Animal Crossing games, Wendell the Walrus will eat the fish you give him in exchange for wallpaper patterns. We will keep you up to date if ever Wendell gets added to the game!

Fishing Guide

Animal Crossing New Horizons Fish - Fishing Guide

How to Fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

In order to catch fish, you will first need to craft or buy a Fishing Rod. After equipping the fishing rod, go to a body of water (sea, river, or pond) and find a fish shadow. If you cannot find a shadow, you can craft fish bait to spawn a shadow. Cast your pole by pressing A, and wait for the fish to bite. This part requires precision and timing. Once it bites your lure and pulls it underwater, press A again to catch the fish!

For an in-depth walkthrough on how to catch fish and become the best fisher your island has ever seen, check out the guide below!

How to Catch Fish Easily

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21 Anonymous6 months

This page has some blatantly wrong information. Nibble fish, for starters, is a tiny shadow, not small.

20 uTest_Mani7 months

Hi' I'm Mani

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