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 event in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to learn the fish tournament dates, the Fishing Tourney point system, what prizes and rewards you can get, and how to get bonus points with online multiplayer!

C.J.'s Fishing Tourney Dates and Times

C.J.'s Fishing Tourney Schedule

Northern Hemisphere

Spring Fishing Tourney April 11, 2020
Summer Fishing Tourney July 11, 2020
Fall Fishing Tourney October 10, 2020
Winter Fishing Tourney January 9, 2021
Event Hours 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM

C.J. will also stay at the Plaza until 8:00 PM if you want to sell fish.

Southern Hemisphere

Spring Fishing Tourney October 10, 2020
Summer Fishing Tourney January 9, 2021
Fall Fishing Tourney April 11, 2020
Winter Fishing Tourney July 11, 2020
Event Hours 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM

C.J. will also stay at the Plaza until 8:00 PM if you want to sell fish.

Fishing Tourneys are always held on the second Saturdays of January, April, July, and October. With that in mind, Fishing Tourney dates for the Northern and Southern Hemisphere players will always be the same.

You Can Join Tourneys Even if You Time Travel

Unlike seasonal events such as Bunny Day where you have to match the real time to activate the event, you can participate in Fishing Tourneys in the past or future! If ever you miss the day of the Tourney, you can always time travel!
Time Traveling Guide

What to Do if There is No Tourney Held on Your Island

Upgrade Resident Services

Even if you play on the day of the Tourney, it will not be held if you have not yet upgraded Resident Services.

What You Can Do at Resident Services and How to Upgrade

Participate on a Friend's Island

If there is no time to upgrade Resident Services, you can also participate on a friend's island, where you can even get bonus points for playing together.

C.J.'s Fishing Tourney Rules

  • C.J. will be in front of Resident Services on the day of the Fishing Tourney.
  • Catch as many fish as you can in 3 minutes.
  • You will receive points depending on the number of fish you catch. Receive 2 bonus points for catching 3 or more fish.
  • You can trade your points for exclusive fish swag. You can also receive fish trophies depedending on your accumulated points.
  • Participation is free the first time, but the next ones cost 500 Bells.
  • You can participate in a Tourney with friends. Playing in multiplayer gives you bonus points.
  • C.J. will pay you 1.5x more than the normal selling price of fish.

C.J. Will Be In Front of Resident Services

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On the dates when the Fishing Tourney is hosted, C.J. will be waiting in front of Resident Services. An announcement will begin as soon as you leave your house that a Fishing Tourney will be hosted that day. If you're planning to participate, head to Resident Services and talk to C.J.

The Tourney ends at 6:00 PM, but C.J. will stay in the Plaza until 8:00, so you can sell him fish until then.

CJ. Visits On Other Days As Well

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C.J. will randomly visit the island outside of the Fishing Tourney dates. On these days, you won't be able to receive any points for catching fish, but after you've participated in a Fishing Tourney at least once, you'll be able to sell him fish for 1.5x more than the usual price.
How to Find C.J.

Catch as Many Fish as Possible in 3 Minutes

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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 don't have to worry about emptying your inventory. Just go out there and fish 'em up!

Fishing Tourney Point System

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 equivalent to the number of fish you catch. Also, when you catch at least 3 fish, you'll get 2 bonus points along with your total, as shown above.

Get Bonus Points with Online Multiplayer

If you and your friends team up and participate in the Fishing Tourney together, you get Bonus points if the total amount of fish caught is more than 5.

This is a lot more efficient than playing on your own, so we recommend playing together with others for these events!

Our Team's Multiplayer Results

Fish Caught by Player 1 Total Amount of Fish Points Received
7 12 16
6 16 18
5 12 14
5 10 14
4 10 13
4 9 11
3 5 10
3 9 10
2 10 9
2 6 7
2 5 7
1 5 6
2 4 2
1 2 1

When we tested Fishing Tourney and Online Multiplayer, we got the above results.

From these results, we can see that if the team catches more than 5 fish in total, a 5 point bonus will be added to everyone's score, and 2 additional points get added for every player who catches 5 or more fish.

Sell Fish For 1.5x the Price

Before participating again, C.J. needs to clear out the cooler. To do so, he will buy the fish you have caught for 1.5x more than the normal price.

You can also check the cooler if there are fish you want to take before selling the rest to him.

High-Priced Fish Available at the Northern Hemisphere

Spring: April 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: July 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: October 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

Winter: January 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

High-Priced Fish Available at the Southern Hemisphere

Spring: October 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: January 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: April 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

Winter: July 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

The prices listed above are their normal prices.

Fish Tourney Prizes and Rewards

Fish Trophies

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Once you accumulate at least 100 Points, you will receive a fishing trophy in your mail the next day.

Trophy Required Accumulated Points
Bronze Fish Trophy 100 Points
Silver Fish Trophy 200 Points
Gold Fish Trophy 300 Points

CJ's Fish Swag

Complete List of Fish Swag
Fish-Print Tee.pngFish-Print Tee Fish Pochette.pngFish Pochette Tackle Bag.pngTackle Bag
Fish Umbrella.pngFish Umbrella Fish Rug.pngFish Rug Marine Pop Wall.pngMarine Pop Wall
Fish Print.pngFish Print Fish Doorplate.pngFish Doorplate Acnhor Statue.pngAnchor Statue
Fish-Drying Rack.pngFish-Drying Rack Fresh Cooler.pngFresh Cooler Fishing-Rod Stand.pngFishing-Rod Stand
Fish Wand.pngFish Wand - -

How to Exchange Points for Fish Swag

Talk to C.J. after the Tourney

Fish Wand from Points
After the Fishing Tourney ends, you can talk to C.J. about other things, then select "Exchange my Points for Swag".

Exchange 10 Points for 1 Fish Swag

you can exchange 10 points for 1 exclusive item. Note that if you are low on points, you should participate in more tourneys to rack up points.

The Fish Swag You Receive is Random

The exclusive Fish Swag item you'll receive will be selected randomly. That means you'll need a lot of points to get all the Swag, so keep on fishing to get those points!

Fish Tourney Tips and Tricks

Prepare a Lot of Fish Bait

If you prepare Fish Bait ahead of time, you can use it during the Fishing Tourney. C.J. doesn't mention anything about it in his rules, and no penalties are given for using bait in the 3-minute window, so we recommend preparing plenty of bait before you start a round!

You need roughly 10 bags of bait per round

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Depending on your skills and how quickly the fish bite, you can probably use a maximum of 10 bags of Fish Bait per 3 minute round.

Hook, line, and sinker at the beach!

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The best strategy is to run directly down to the beach where you are facing the water directly south, and immediately throw bait if no fish is there already. Fish will spawn directly in front of you with enough space for you to immediately to cast your lure.

Once you've thrown bait, you can press A in front of the fish that appear. We do not recommend doing this in ponds or rivers, because fish can spawn close to you, forcing you to adjust your position first before casting your lure.

Tip: If you hover over the bait in your inventory before starting the Tourney, you can quickly select it when you open your inventory again near water.

Avoid Medium-Sized Fish on During the Bunny Day Event

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The April Fishing Tourney will overlap with the Bunny Day event. We recommend avoiding medium-sized fish as to not waste any time. This is because you can fish up water eggs instead. Those are not counted as fish, therefore you will not get any points.

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