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Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) - Fish Money Making Guide
Here's a complete list of fish prices in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Learn which rare fish are expensive and the best to sell to earn the most out of fishing with our guide below!

Fish Money Making Guide

Where to Fish

ACNH - Big Fish Island

On Your Island

Your island is a great place to fish. We recommend having one of each area, like a pond and rivers above the cliff, so you can catch every fish from your own island.

On Mystery Islands

Depending on the season and layout of your island, you might be able to catch better fish on some of the Mystery Islands out there.

For example, there is an island with only dorsal-finned fish (sharks), and islands where Coelacanths can be caught in any weather!

Mystery Island List and Guide

How to Catch Fish

Animal Crossing New Horizons Fish - Fishing Guide
You'll need to craft or buy a Fishing Rod. Once you find a shadow in the water, cast your line and reel that fish in!

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

Where to Sell Fish

ANCH - C.J. talking to the player during the Fishing Tourney
You can sell fish at Nook's Cranny or to a weekly visitor, C.J.!

We recommend selling them to C.J as he buys them at 1.5x the original price. You can also get a cool collectible if you give him three of the same fish!

How to Find C.J.

Best Times to Fish

ACNH - A resident stands on the pier
Rare fish come out after 4 PM and 9 PM. It's recommended to fish during these times. The Coelacanth can be caught all year, all day long as long as it rains.

Whenever there's a downpour, you should try your luck in catching this legendary fish!

Fishing Bait

ACNH - A resident waits for the fish to nibble
Always store up on manila clams whenever you can. These can be used to craft Fish Bait to help you look for a specific fish.

Complete Fishing Guide

What Fish Should You Sell?

ACNH - A player sells an item to Nook

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Best Rare Fish to Sell

These are the rarest and most expensive fish in ACNH. You want to save them for when C.J. visits to really reel in the bells!

Fish and Sell Price
Barreleye Image Barreleye
15000 Bells
(C.J.: 22500)
Coelacanth Image Coelacanth
15000 Bells
(C.J.: 22500)
Dorado Image Dorado
15000 Bells
(C.J.: 22500)
Golden Trout Image Golden Trout
15000 Bells
(C.J.: 22500)
Great White Shark Image Great White Shark
15000 Bells
(C.J.: 22500)
Stringfish Image Stringfish
15000 Bells
(C.J.: 22500)
Whale Shark Image Whale Shark
13000 Bells
(C.J.: 19500)
Saw Shark Image Saw Shark
12000 Bells
(C.J.: 18000)
Arapaima Image Arapaima
10000 Bells
(C.J.: 15000)
Arowana Image Arowana
10000 Bells
(C.J.: 15000)
Blue Marlin Image Blue Marlin
10000 Bells
(C.J.: 15000)
Napoleonfish Image Napoleonfish
10000 Bells
(C.J.: 15000)
Sturgeon Image Sturgeon
10000 Bells
(C.J.: 15000)

Best Common Fish to Sell

These fish can fetch a hefty price. Consider keeping these in your inventory to get some extra bells later on!

Fish and Sell Price
Oarfish Image Oarfish
9000 Bells
(C.J.: 13500)
Hammerhead Shark Image Hammerhead Shark
8000 Bells
(C.J.: 12000)
Gar Image Gar
6000 Bells
(C.J.: 9000)
Giant Snakehead Image Giant Snakehead
5500 Bells
(C.J.: 8250)
Barred Knifejaw Image Barred Knifejaw
5000 Bells
(C.J.: 7500)
Blowfish Image Blowfish
5000 Bells
(C.J.: 7500)
Snapping Turtle Image Snapping Turtle
5000 Bells
(C.J.: 7500)
Ranchu Goldfish Image Ranchu Goldfish
4500 Bells
(C.J.: 6750)
Koi Image Koi
4000 Bells
(C.J.: 6000)
Ocean Sunfish Image Ocean Sunfish
4000 Bells
(C.J.: 6000)
Saddled Bichir Image Saddled Bichir
4000 Bells
(C.J.: 6000)
Char Image Char
3800 Bells
(C.J.: 5700)
Soft-Shelled Turtle Image Soft-Shelled Turtle
3750 Bells
(C.J.: 5625)
Angelfish Image Angelfish
3000 Bells
(C.J.: 4500)
Ray Image Ray
3000 Bells
(C.J.: 4500)
Red Snapper Image Red Snapper
3000 Bells
(C.J.: 4500)
Betta Image Betta
2500 Bells
(C.J.: 3750)
Football Fish Image Football Fish
2500 Bells
(C.J.: 3750)
Piranha Image Piranha
2500 Bells
(C.J.: 3750)
Mitten Crab Image Mitten Crab
2000 Bells
(C.J.: 3000)
Moray Eel Image Moray Eel
2000 Bells
(C.J.: 3000)
King Salmon Image King Salmon
1800 Bells
(C.J.: 2700)
Pike Image Pike
1800 Bells
(C.J.: 2700)

Best Fish to Release

If you're fishing for a while, you'll quickly find your inventory cluttered with less lucrative fish. You can safely release the fish below for bigger and better ones!

Fish and Sell Price
Clownfish Image Clownfish
650 Bells
(C.J.: 975)
Ribbon Eel Image Ribbon Eel
600 Bells
(C.J.: 900)
Neon Tetra Image Neon Tetra
500 Bells
(C.J.: 750)
Squid Image Squid
500 Bells
(C.J.: 750)
Zebra Turkeyfish Image Zebra Turkeyfish
500 Bells
(C.J.: 750)
Black Bass Image Black Bass
400 Bells
(C.J.: 600)
Freshwater Goby Image Freshwater Goby
400 Bells
(C.J.: 600)
Loach Image Loach
400 Bells
(C.J.: 600)
Pond Smelt Image Pond Smelt
400 Bells
(C.J.: 600)
Sea Bass Image Sea Bass
400 Bells
(C.J.: 600)
Carp Image Carp
300 Bells
(C.J.: 450)
Dab Image Dab
300 Bells
(C.J.: 450)
Killifish Image Killifish
300 Bells
(C.J.: 450)
Yellow Perch Image Yellow Perch
300 Bells
(C.J.: 450)
Puffer Fish Image Puffer Fish
250 Bells
(C.J.: 375)
Dace Image Dace
240 Bells
(C.J.: 360)
Anchovy Image Anchovy
200 Bells
(C.J.: 300)
Crawfish Image Crawfish
200 Bells
(C.J.: 300)
Pale Chub Image Pale Chub
200 Bells
(C.J.: 300)
Bluegill Image Bluegill
160 Bells
(C.J.: 240)
Crucian Carp Image Crucian Carp
160 Bells
(C.J.: 240)
Horse Mackerel Image Horse Mackerel
150 Bells
(C.J.: 225)
Frog Image Frog
120 Bells
(C.J.: 180)
Tadpole Image Tadpole
100 Bells
(C.J.: 150)

Complete List of Fish

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