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Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish guide: How, when and where to catch all the fish

Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish
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Hooking all the Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish in the game is part of making sure Blathers' museum is fully kitted out. Because it'll take you the best part of the entire year, the Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish collection is rather prized. But that means you can take joy in the catching, and discovering everything Animal Crossing: New Horizons has to offer - and this doesn't even include the new Animal Crossing: New Horizons sea creatures either.

With all that in mind, we've been working across two Animal Crossing islands to bring you all the fish currently available across the north and south hemispheres. It's worth noting that certain fish are only available in certain locations, at certain times during specific months, so you'll need to check all patches of water. Here are the specific locales we've discovered:

  • River
  • River (Mouth)
  • River (Clifftop)
  • Pond
  • Pier
  • Sea

If you're new to the series and are wondering how to fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, what you need to do is get a fishing rod, and then aim to drop your hook ahead of where the fish is facing. Then wait until the fish spots it. They will nose the hook, but wait until it pulls the float under the water with a satisfying plop. Then press A immediately to reel it in.

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Below you'll find the Northern Hemisphere fish, but you can skip to southern hemisphere using this quick link:

Animal Crossing New Horizons Fish in the Southern Hemisphere

Fish - Northern Hemisphere

Animal Crossing New Horizons Fish in the Northern Hemisphere 

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NameSeasonality (North Hem)AvailabilityLocation
1
Bitterling
Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
All hoursRiver
2Pale ChubAll months9AM - 4PMRiver
3
Crucian CarpAll monthsAll hoursRiver
4
DaceAll months4PM - 9AMRiver
5
CarpAll monthsAll hoursPond
6
KoiAll months4PM - 9AMPond
7
GoldfishAll monthsAll hoursPond
8
Pop-eyed Goldfish
All monthsAll hoursPond
9
Ranchu Goldfish
All months9AM - 4PMPond
10
Killifish
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug
All hoursPond
11
Crawfish
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
All hoursRiver
12
Soft-shelled Turtle
Aug, Sept4PM - 9AMRiver
13
Snapping Turtle
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
9PM - 4AMRiver
14
Tadpole
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, July
All hoursPond
15
Frog
May, Jun, Jul, Aug
All hoursPond
16
Freshwater Goby
All months4PM - 9AMRiver
17
LoachMar, Apr, MayAll hoursRiver
18
Catfish
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
4PM - 9AMPond
19
Giant Snakehead
Jun, Jul, Aug9AM - 4PMPond
20
BluegillAll months9AM - 4PMRiver
21
Yellow Perch
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hoursRiver
22
Black BassAll monthsAll hoursRiver
23
Tilapia
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
All hoursRiver
24
Pike
Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hoursRiver
25
Pond SmeltJan, Feb, DecAll hoursRiver
26
SweetfishJul, Aug, SeptAll hoursRiver
27
Cherry Salmon
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sept, Oct, Nov
4PM - 9AMRiver (Clifftop)
28
Char
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sept, Oct, Nov
4PM - 9AMRiver (Clifftop)
29
Golden Trout
Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov
4PM - 9AMRiver (Clifftop)
30
Stringfish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
4PM - 9AMRiver (Clifftop)
31
SalmonSeptAll hoursRiver (mouth)
32
King SalmonSeptAll hoursRiver (mouth)
33
Mitten CrabSept, Oct, Nov4PM - 9AMRiver
34
Guppy
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
9AM - 4PMRiver
35
Nibble Fish
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
9AM - 4PMRiver
36
Angelfish
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
4PM - 9AMRiver
37
Bettta
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
9AM - 4PMRiver
38
Neon Tetra
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
9AM - 4PMRiver
39
Rainbowfish
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
9AM - 4PMRiver
40
Piranha
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
9AM - 4PM, 9PM - 4AMRiver
41
Arowana
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
4PM - 9AMRiver
42
Dorado
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
4AM - 9PMRiver
43
Gar
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
4PM - 9AMPond
44
Arapaima
Jun, July, Aug, Sept
4PM - 9AMRiver
45
Saddled Bichir
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
9PM - 4AMRiver
46
Sturgeon
Jan, Feb, Mar, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hoursRiver (Mouth)
47
Sea Butterfly
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
All hoursSea
48
Seahorse
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
All hoursSea
49
Clown Fish
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
All hoursSea
50
Surgeonfish
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
All hoursSea
51
Butterfly Fish
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
All hoursSea
52
NapoleonfishJul, Aug4AM - 9PMSea
53
Zebra Turkeyfish
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
All hoursSea
54
Blowfish
Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec
9PM - 4AMSea
55
Puffer FishJul, Aug, SeptAll hoursSea
56
AnchovyAll months4AM - 9PMSea
57
Horse MackerelAll monthsAll hoursSea
58
Barred Knifejaw
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
All hoursSea
59
Sea BassAll monthsAll hoursSea
60
Red SnapperAll monthsAll hoursSea
61
Dab
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hoursSea
62
Olive FlounderAll monthsAll hoursSea
63
Squid
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Dec
All hoursSea
64
Moray EelAug, Sept, OctAll hoursSea
65
Ribbon Eel
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
All hoursSea
66
Tuna
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
All hoursPier
67
Blue Marlin
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Jul, Aug, Sept, Nov, Dec
All hoursPier
68
Giant Trevally
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
All hoursPier
69
Mahi-mahi
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
All hoursPier
70
Ocean SunfishJul, Aug, Sept4AM - 9PMSea
71
Ray
Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
4AM - 9PMSea
72
Saw Shark
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
4PM - 9AMSea
73
Hammerhead Shark
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
4PM - 9AMSea
74
Great White Shark
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
4PM - 9AMSea
75
Whale Shark
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
4PM - 9AMSea
76
Suckerfisk
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
All hoursSea
77
Football Fish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
4PM - 9AMSea
78
Oarfish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Dec
All hoursSea
79
BarreleyeAll months9PM - 4AMSea
80
CoelacanthAll monthsAll hours
Sea (Rainy Days)

Fish - Southern Hemisphere

Animal Crossing New Horizons Fish in the Southern Hemisphere

NameSeasonality (South Hem)Availability (April)Location
1
Bitterling
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
All hoursRiver
2
Pale ChubAll months8AM - 4PMRiver
3
Crucian CarpAll monthsAll hoursRiver
4
DaceAll months4PM - 9AMRiver
5
CarpAll monthsAll hoursPond
6
KoiAll monthsAll hoursPond
7
GoldfishAll monthsAll hoursPond
8
Pop-eyed Goldfish
All months9AM - 4PMPond
9
Ranchu Goldfish
All months9AM - 4PMPond
10
Killifish
Jan, Feb, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hoursPond
11
Crawfish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hoursRiver
12
Soft-shelled Turtle
Feb, Mar4PM - 9AMRiver
13
Snapping Turtle
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct,Nov, Dec
9PM - 4AMRiver
14TadpoleJan, Sept, Oct, Nov, DecAll hoursPond
15
Frog
Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec
All hoursPond
16
Freshwater Goby
All months4PM - 9AMRiver
17
LoachSept, Oct, NovAll hoursRiver
18
Catfish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
4PM - 9AMPond
19
Giant Snakehead
Jan, Feb, Dec9AM - 4PMPond
20
BluegillAll months9AM - 4PM River
21
Yellow Perch
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
All hoursRiver
22
Black BassAll monthsAll hoursRiver
23
Tilapia
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
All hoursRiver
24
Pike
Mar, April, May, June
All hoursRiver
25
Pond SmeltJun, Jul, AugAll hoursRiver
26
SweetfishJan, Feb, MarAll hoursRiver
27
Cherry Salmon
Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
4PM - 9AM River (Clifftop)
28
Char
Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
4PM - 9AMRiver (Clifftop)
29
Golden Trout
Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
4PM - 9AMRiver (Clifftop)
30
Stringfish
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
4PM - 9AMRiver (Clifftop)
31SalmonMarAll hoursRiver (mouth)
32
King SalmonMarAll hoursRiver (mouth)
33
Mitten CrabMar, April, May4PM - 9AMRiver
34
Guppy
Jan, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov
9AM - 4PMRiver
35
Nibble Fish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
9AM - 4PMRiver
36
Angelfish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
4PM - 9AMRiver
37
Bettta
Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
9AM - 4PMRiver
38
Neon TetraJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec9AM - 4PM River
39
Rainbowfish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
9AM - 4PMRiver
40
Piranha
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
9AM -4PM, 9PM - 4AMRiver
41
Arowana
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
4PM - 9AMRiver
42
Dorado
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
4AM - 9PMRiver
43
GarJan, Feb, Mar4PM - 9AMPond
44
Arapaima
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
4PM - 9AMRiver
45
Saddled Bichir
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
9PM - 4AMRiver
46
Sturgeon
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
All hoursRiver (Mouth)
47
Sea Butterfly
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hoursSea
48
Seahorse
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hoursSea
49
Clown Fish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hoursSea
50
Surgeonfish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hoursSea
51
Butterfly Fish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hoursSea
52
NapoleonfishJan, Feb4AM - 9PMSea
53
Zebra Turkeyfish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hoursSea
54
Blowfish
May, Jun, Jul, Aug
9PM - 4AMSea
55
Puffer FishJan, Feb, MarAll hoursSea
56
AnchovyAll months4AM - 9PMSea
57
Horse MackerelAll monthsAll hoursSea
58
Barred Knifejaw
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hoursSea
59
Sea BassAll monthsAll hoursSea
60
Red SnapperAll monthsAll hoursSea
61
DabAug, Sept, OctAll hoursSea
62
Olive FlounderAll monthsAll hoursSea
63
SquidAll monthsAll hoursSea
64
Moray EelFeb, Mar, AprilAll hoursSea
65
Ribbon Eel
Jan,Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
All hoursSea
66
Tuna
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
All hoursPier
67
Blue Marlin
Jan, Feb, Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
All hoursPier
68
Giant Trevally
Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
All hoursPier
69
Mahi-mahi
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
All hoursPier
70
Ocean SunfishJan, Feb, Mar4AM - 9PMSea
71
Ray
Feb, Mar, Apr, May
4AM - 9PM Sea
72
Saw Shark
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
4PM - 9AMSea
73
Hammerhead Shark
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
4PM - 9AMSea
74
Great White Shark
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
4PM - 9AMSea
75
Whale Shark
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
4PM - 9AMSea
76
Suckerfish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
All hoursSea
77
Football Fish
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
4PM - 9AMSea
78
Oarfish
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
All hoursSea
79BarreleyeAll months9PM - 4AMSea
80CoelacanthAll monthsAll hours
Sea (Rainy Days)

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