C.J.'s Fishing Tourney Dates and Prizes Guide | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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This is a guide to C.J.'s Fishing Tourney 2021 event in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). Learn the tourney's dates, prizes, and trophies, as well as how to get bonus points with online multiplayer!

C.J.'s Fishing Tourney Dates and Times

Fishing Tourney Times

ACNH - Fishing Tourney - Announcement from Isabelle

Event Date (Upcoming) July 10, 2021
Event Time 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

The tourney will go on from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., but C.J. will hang around the Plaza until 8:00 p.m. You'll still be able to sell him fish until then.

Fishing Tourney Dates

Northern Hemisphere

Tourney Dates by Season
Winter Spring Summer Fall
- April 11, 2020 July 11, 2020 October 10, 2020
January 9, 2021 April 10, 2021 July 10, 2021 October 9, 2021
January 8, 2022 April 9, 2022 July 9, 2022 October 8, 2022
January 14, 2023 April 8, 2023 July 8, 2023 October 14, 2021

Southern Hemisphere

Tourney Dates by Season
Summer Fall Winter Spring
- April 11, 2020 July 11, 2020 October 10, 2020
January 9, 2021 April 10, 2021 July 10, 2021 October 9, 2021
January 8, 2022 April 9, 2022 July 9, 2022 October 8, 2022
January 14, 2023 April 8, 2023 July 8, 2023 October 14, 2023

Fishing Tourneys will always be held on the second Saturday of January, April, July, and October.

Fishing Tourney dates for the Northern and Southern Hemisphere players will always be the same.

Join Tourneys with Time Travel

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If you miss a Fishing Tourney, just match the date and time of your Switch to the date and time of the Fishing Tourney!

Learn how to time travel with our guide below.

Time Traveling Guide

What to Do During the Fishing Tourney

Click the links to jump to a section!
Where to Find C.J. How to Play the Fishing Tourney
Fishing Tourney Point System Multiplayer Bonus Guide
Fish Selling Guide Prizes and Rewards

Where to Find C.J.

ACNH - Spring Fishing Tourney Announcement
On the day of a Fishing Tourney, an announcement will play as soon as you leave your house. Head over to the plaza and find C.J.

C.J. Also Visits on Weekdays

ACNH - C.J. Also Visits on Weekdays
C.J. will randomly visit the island on a weekday outside of the Fishing Tourney dates.

You won't receive points for catching fish during his visit, but you can sell him fish, comission fish models, and participate in a seasports challenge.

How to Find C.J.

How to Play the Fishing Tourney

ACNH - Fishing Tourney Rules
Talk to C.J. to begin the tourney. He'll let you join for free on your first attempt and charge you 500 Bells for every attempt after.

The only rule of C.J.'s Fishing Tourney is to “catch as many fish as you can in 3 minutes.”

All the fish you catch will automatically be sent to C.J.'s cooler, so you won't need to empty your pockets. Just get out there and fish 'em up!

How to Catch Fish Easily

Fishing Tourney Point System

ACNH - C.J.

Solo Bonus Guide

Number of Fish Caught Number of Points
(Bonus included)
1 1 Point
2 2 Points
3 or more Number of fish caught + 2 Points

You will earn points for each fish you catch. You'll also get 2 bonus points for catching three or more fish.

Multiplayer Bonus Guide

Number of Fish Caught (Group Total) Number of Points
+ Bonus
4 fish or less 0〜4 points
5〜9 fish 5〜9 points
+2 solo bonus
+5 multiplayer bonus
10〜14 fish 10〜14 points
+2 solo bonus
+7 multiplayer bonus
15 fish or more 15 or more points
+2 solo bonus
+10 multiplayer bonus

Groups who join the tourney will get bonuses based on the amount of fish they catch as a group.

This bonus will be added on top of the solo bonus.

Fish Selling Guide

ACNH - Fishing Tourney - Fish Selling Guide
You'll need clear out the cooler before each tourney attempt. You can transfer what you've caught to your pockets or sell them to C.J. for Bells.

C.J. will buy the fish for 1.5x more than the its price at Nook's Cranny.

High-Priced Fish by Season

Winter Fishing Tourney
Icon Name Sell Price Location
80 Coelacanth Image Coelacanth 15000 Sea
67 Blue Marlin Image Blue Marlin 10000 Sea - Pier
46 Sturgeon Image Sturgeon 10000 River Mouth
78 Oarfish Image Oarfish 9000 Sea
66 Tuna Image Tuna 7000 Sea - Pier
9 Ranchu Goldfish Image Ranchu Goldfish 4500 Pond
6 Koi Image Koi 4000 Pond
60 Red Snapper Image Red Snapper 3000 Sea

Spring Fishing Tourney
Icon Name Sell Price Location
80 Coelacanth Image Coelacanth 15000 Sea
67 Blue Marlin Image Blue Marlin 10000 Sea - Pier
78 Oarfish Image Oarfish 9000 Sea
66 Tuna Image Tuna 7000 Sea - Pier
58 Barred Knifejaw Image Barred Knifejaw 5000 Sea
9 Ranchu Goldfish Image Ranchu Goldfish 4500 Pond
6 Koi Image Koi 4000 Pond
60 Red Snapper Image Red Snapper 3000 Sea

Summer Fishing Tourney
Icon Name Sell Price Location
80 Coelacanth Image Coelacanth 15000 Sea
42 Dorado Image Dorado 15000 River
75 Whale Shark Image Whale Shark 13000 Sea
67 Blue Marlin Image Blue Marlin 10000 Sea - Pier
69 Mahi-Mahi Image Mahi-Mahi 6000 Sea - Pier
19 Giant Snakehead Image Giant Snakehead 5500 Pond
58 Barred Knifejaw Image Barred Knifejaw 5000 Sea
9 Ranchu Goldfish Image Ranchu Goldfish 4500 Pond

Fall Fishing Tourney
Icon Name Sell Price Location
80 Coelacanth Image Coelacanth 15000 Sea
46 Sturgeon Image Sturgeon 10000 River Mouth
69 Mahi-Mahi Image Mahi-Mahi 6000 Sea - Pier
58 Barred Knifejaw Image Barred Knifejaw 5000 Sea
68 Giant Trevally Image Giant Trevally 4500 Sea - Pier
9 Ranchu Goldfish Image Ranchu Goldfish 4500 Pond
6 Koi Image Koi 4000 Pond
60 Red Snapper Image Red Snapper 3000 Sea

Note: The prices listed above are their normal prices.

Fish Tourney Prizes and Rewards

Fish Trophies

ACNH - Fishing Tourney - Fish Trophy Letter
You'll receive trophies for earning totals 100, 200, and 300 points across all Fishing Tourneys.

These points will carry over to succeeding Fishing Tourneys.

Trophy Accumulated Points
100 Points
200 Points
300 Points

C.J.'s Fish Swag

Furniture
Anchor Statue ImageAnchor Statue Fish Doorplate ImageFish Doorplate Fish-Drying Rack ImageFish-Drying Rack
Fish Print ImageFish Print Fishing-Rod Stand ImageFishing-Rod Stand Fresh Cooler ImageFresh Cooler
ACNH Marine Pop Wall ImageMarine Pop Wall ACNH Fish Rug ImageFish Rug ACNH - Fish Wand ImageFish Wand
Clothes
ACNH - Fish-Print Tee ImageFish-Print Tee ACNH - Fish Pochette ImageFish Pochette ACNH - Tackle Bag ImageTackle Bag
ACNH - Fish Umbrella ImageFish Umbrella

How to Redeem Points for Fish Swag

Talk to C.J. After the Tourney

ACNH - Fishing Tourney - Redeem Fish Wand
After your tourney attempt ends, talk to C.J. and then select “Exchange my Points for Swag”.

Redeem 10 Points for 1 Random Fish Swag

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You can redeem 10 points for one random fish swag item. You can redeem all fish swag items with a total of 130 points.

Fishing Tourney Tips and Tricks

Fish on the Beach!

ACNH - Fishing Tourney - How to Fish (Reeling In)

We've found for most islands, the ocean is the closest body water to the plaza! Once the tourney starts, run directly south from the

We also recommend fishing on the beach, as ponds and river will have you readjust your position before casting your line.

Use Fish Bait

ACNH - Craft Fish Bait
Fish Bait will help spawn more fish!

Depending on how quickly the fish bite, you'll use up an average of 10 bags of fish bait per round.

Tip: Hover over the bait in your pockets before the tourney, so you can use it as quickly as possible.

Avoid Medium-Sized Fish (Bunny Day Event)

ACNH - Fishing Tourney - Water Eggs

The April Fishing Tourney may sometimes overlap with the Bunny Day event.

When it does, we recommend avoiding medium-sized fish as these will most likely be water eggs. This will not count as fish and you will not gain points for catching these.

What to Do When There is No Tourney on Your Island

Upgrade Resident Services

ACNH - Fishing Tourney - Resident Services Closed

The Fishing Tourney cannot proceed without an upgraded Resident Services.

However once Resident Services is upgraded, you'll be able to time travel back to the Fishing Tourney.

How to Upgrade Resident Services

Participate on a Friend's Island

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You can also participate on a friend's island, where you can get bonus points for playing together.

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