List of All River Fish Times and Appearances | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

This is a list of all River fish found in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) and how to find them. If you want to know when this type of fish can be found, as well as how much they sell for, read on!

All River Fish Times

Northern Hemisphere

Name Shadow Size Area Times
1 Bitterling ImageBitterling Tiny ShadowTiny River
Rarity: ★☆☆☆☆
Months:
November to March
Times:
Any time
2 Pale Chub ImagePale Chub Tiny ShadowTiny River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
All year
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
3 Crucian Carp ImageCrucian Carp Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★☆☆☆☆
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
4 Dace ImageDace Medium ShadowMedium River
Rarity: ★☆☆☆☆
Months:
All year
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
12 Soft-Shelled Turtle ImageSoft-Shelled Turtle Medium ShadowMedium River
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
August and September
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
13 Snapping Turtle ImageSnapping Turtle Medium ShadowMedium River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
April to October
Times:
9 PM to 4 AM
16 Freshwater Goby ImageFreshwater Goby Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★☆☆☆☆
Months:
All year
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
17 Loach ImageLoach Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★☆☆☆☆
Months:
March to May
Times:
Any time
20 Bluegill ImageBluegill Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
All year
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
21 Yellow Perch ImageYellow Perch Medium ShadowMedium River
Rarity: ★☆☆☆☆
Months:
October to March
Times:
Any time
22 Black Bass ImageBlack Bass Large ShadowLarge River
Rarity: ★☆☆☆☆
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
23 Tilapia ImageTilapia Medium ShadowMedium River
Rarity: ★☆☆☆☆
Months:
June to October
Times:
Any time
24 Pike ImagePike Large ShadowLarge River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
September to December
Times:
Any time
25 Pond Smelt ImagePond Smelt Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★☆☆☆☆
Months:
December to February
Times:
Any time
26 Sweetfish ImageSweetfish Medium ShadowMedium River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
July to September
Times:
Any time
27 Cherry Salmon ImageCherry Salmon Medium ShadowMedium River
(Above the Cliff)
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
March to June|September to November
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
28 Char ImageChar Medium ShadowMedium River
(Above the Cliff)
Rarity: ★★★★★
Months:
March to June|September to November
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
29 Golden Trout ImageGolden Trout Medium ShadowMedium River
(Above the Cliff)
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
March to May|September to November
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
30 Stringfish ImageStringfish Huge ShadowHuge River
(Above the Cliff)
Rarity: ★★★★★
Months:
December to March
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
31 Salmon ImageSalmon Large ShadowLarge River
(River Mouth)
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
September
Times:
Any time
32 King Salmon ImageKing Salmon Huge ShadowHuge River
(River Mouth)
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
September
Times:
Any time
33 Mitten Crab ImageMitten Crab Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
September to November
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
34 Guppy ImageGuppy Tiny ShadowTiny River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
April to November
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
35 Nibble Fish ImageNibble Fish Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
May to September
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
36 Angelfish ImageAngelfish Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
May to October
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
37 Betta ImageBetta Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
May to October
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
38 Neon Tetra ImageNeon Tetra Tiny ShadowTiny River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
April to November
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
39 Rainbowfish ImageRainbowfish Tiny ShadowTiny River
Rarity: ★★★★☆
Months:
May to October
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
40 Piranha ImagePiranha Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
June to September
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM|9 PM to 4 AM
41 Arowana ImageArowana Large ShadowLarge River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
June to September
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
42 Dorado ImageDorado Large ShadowLarge River
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
June to September
Times:
4 AM to 9 PM
44 Arapaima ImageArapaima Huge ShadowHuge River
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
June to September
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
45 Saddled Bichir ImageSaddled Bichir Large ShadowLarge River
Rarity: ★★★★☆
Months:
June to September
Times:
9 PM to 4 AM
46 Sturgeon ImageSturgeon Huge ShadowHuge River
(River Mouth)
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
September to March
Times:
Any time

Southern Hemisphere

See Southern Hemisphere list
Name Shadow Size Area Times
1 Bitterling ImageBitterling Tiny ShadowTiny River
Rarity: ★☆☆☆☆
Months:
May to September
Times:
Any time
2 Pale Chub ImagePale Chub Tiny ShadowTiny River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
All year
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
3 Crucian Carp ImageCrucian Carp Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★☆☆☆☆
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
4 Dace ImageDace Medium ShadowMedium River
Rarity: ★☆☆☆☆
Months:
All year
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
12 Soft-Shelled Turtle ImageSoft-Shelled Turtle Medium ShadowMedium River
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
February to March
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
13 Snapping Turtle ImageSnapping Turtle Medium ShadowMedium River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
October to April
Times:
9 PM to 4 AM
16 Freshwater Goby ImageFreshwater Goby Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★☆☆☆☆
Months:
All year
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
17 Loach ImageLoach Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★☆☆☆☆
Months:
September to November
Times:
Any time
20 Bluegill ImageBluegill Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
All year
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
21 Yellow Perch ImageYellow Perch Medium ShadowMedium River
Rarity: ★☆☆☆☆
Months:
April to September
Times:
Any time
22 Black Bass ImageBlack Bass Large ShadowLarge River
Rarity: ★☆☆☆☆
Months:
All year
Times:
Any time
23 Tilapia ImageTilapia Medium ShadowMedium River
Rarity: ★☆☆☆☆
Months:
December to April
Times:
Any time
24 Pike ImagePike Large ShadowLarge River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
March to June
Times:
Any time
25 Pond Smelt ImagePond Smelt Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★☆☆☆☆
Months:
June to August
Times:
Any time
26 Sweetfish ImageSweetfish Medium ShadowMedium River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
July to March
Times:
Any time
27 Cherry Salmon ImageCherry Salmon Medium ShadowMedium River
(Above the Cliff)
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
March to May |
September to December
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
28 Char ImageChar Medium ShadowMedium River
(Above the Cliff)
Rarity: ★★★★★
Months:
March to May |
September to December
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
29 Golden Trout ImageGolden Trout Medium ShadowMedium River
(Above the Cliff)
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
March to May |
September to November
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
30 Stringfish ImageStringfish Huge ShadowHuge River
(Above the Cliff)
Rarity: ★★★★★
Months:
June to September
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
31 Salmon ImageSalmon Large ShadowLarge River
(River Mouth)
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
March
Times:
Any time
32 King Salmon ImageKing Salmon Huge ShadowHuge River
(River Mouth)
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
March
Times:
Any time
33 Mitten Crab ImageMitten Crab Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
March to May
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
34 Guppy ImageGuppy Tiny ShadowTiny River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
October to May
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
35 Nibble Fish ImageNibble Fish Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
November to March
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
36 Angelfish ImageAngelfish Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
November to April
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
37 Betta ImageBetta Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
November to April
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
38 Neon Tetra ImageNeon Tetra Tiny ShadowTiny River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
October to May
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
39 Rainbowfish ImageRainbowfish Tiny ShadowTiny River
Rarity: ★★★★☆
Months:
November to April
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM
40 Piranha ImagePiranha Small ShadowSmall River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
December to March
Times:
9 AM to 4 PM|9 PM to 4 AM
41 Arowana ImageArowana Large ShadowLarge River
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
December to March
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
42 Dorado ImageDorado Large ShadowLarge River
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
December to March
Times:
4 AM to 9 PM
44 Arapaima ImageArapaima Huge ShadowHuge River
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
December to March
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
45 Saddled Bichir ImageSaddled Bichir Large ShadowLarge River
Rarity: ★★★★☆
Months:
December to March
Times:
9 PM to 4 AM
46 Sturgeon ImageSturgeon Huge ShadowHuge River
(River Mouth)
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
March to September
Times:
Any time

List of River Mouth Fish

Name Shadow Size Area Times
46 Sturgeon ImageSturgeon Huge ShadowHuge River
(River Mouth)
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
September to March
Times:
Any time
32 King Salmon ImageKing Salmon Huge ShadowHuge River
(River Mouth)
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
September
Times:
Any time
31 Salmon ImageSalmon Large ShadowLarge River
(River Mouth)
Rarity: ★★☆☆☆
Months:
September
Times:
Any time

List of River Clifftop Fish

Name Shadow Size Area Times
30 Stringfish ImageStringfish Huge ShadowHuge River
(Above the Cliff)
Rarity: ★★★★★
Months:
December to March
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
29 Golden Trout ImageGolden Trout Medium ShadowMedium River
(Above the Cliff)
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
March to May|September to November
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
28 Char ImageChar Medium ShadowMedium River
(Above the Cliff)
Rarity: ★★★★★
Months:
March to June|September to November
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM
27 Cherry Salmon ImageCherry Salmon Medium ShadowMedium River
(Above the Cliff)
Rarity: ★★★☆☆
Months:
March to June|September to November
Times:
4 PM to 9 AM

How to Catch River Fish

River Fishing Locations

There are three locations to keep in mind when fishing for River fish.

  1. The River Mouth, which is where your rivers meets the ocean.
  2. The River Clifftop, or above a cliff.
  3. All Rivers.
## River Fishing Guide ### River Mouth Fishing

RiverMouth.png

  1. Craft Fish Bait and throw it into the Mouth of a River to attract a fish.
  2. Check the shadow of Fish that appear to target the one you want.

These spots cannot be moved, and you will always have two on your island.

Clifftop Fishing

Top of Cliff.png

  1. Craft Fish Bait and throw it into a pool above a cliff to attract a fish.
  2. Check the shadow of Fish that appear to target the one you want.

These fish only spawn in Rivers on top of cliffs, so you will need at least one high river on your island if you want to catch all fish. On the bright side, it doesn't matter if it's the second or third layer of cliffs, as long as it isn't on the base level!

General River Fishing

River.png

  1. Craft Fish Bait and throw it into the River to attract a fish.
  2. Check the shadow of Fish that appear to target the one you want.

Fish that just have "River" listed can be found anywhere in the River, regardless of cliff level.

Related Guides

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Complete Fishing Guide | How to Catch Fish Easily
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