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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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Completely filling out your Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish collection is going to take pretty much all year, because the game syncs to your real-world time, date, month and season. But that means you can take joy in the catching, and discovering everything Animal Crossing: New Horizons has to offer. 

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.

(Image credit: Nintendo)

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)Availability (April)Location
1
Bitterling
Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
N/A (April)River
2
Pale ChubAll months
9AM - 4PM (April)
River
3
Crucian CarpAll monthsAll hours (April)River
4
DaceAll months
4PM - 9AM (April)
River
5
CarpAll monthsAll hours (April)Pond
6
KoiAll months
4PM - 9AM (April)
Pond
7
GoldfishAll monthsAll hours (April)Pond
8
Pop-eyed Goldfish
All monthsAll hours (April)Pond
9
Ranchu Goldfish
All months
9AM - 4PM (March)
Pond
10
Killifish
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug
All hours (April)Pond
11
Crawfish
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
All hours (April)River
12
Soft-shelled Turtle
Aug, SeptN/A (April)River
13
Snapping Turtle
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
N/A (April)River
14
Tadpole
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, July
All hours (April)Pond
15
Frog
May, Jun, Jul, Aug
N/A (April)Pond
16
Freshwater Goby
All months
4PM - 9AM (April)
River
17
LoachMar, Apr, MayAll hours (April)River
18
Catfish
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
N/A (April)Pond
19
Giant Snakehead
Jun, Jul, AugN/A (April)Pond
20
BluegillAll months
9AM - 4PM (April)
River
21
Yellow Perch
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
N/A (April)River
22
Black BassAll monthsAll hours (April)River
23
Tilapia
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
N/A (April)River
24
Pike
Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
N/A (April)River
25
Pond SmeltJan, Feb, DecN/A (April)River
26
SweetfishJul, Aug, SeptN/A (April)River
27
Cherry Salmon
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sept, Oct, Nov
4PM - 9AM (April)
River (Clifftop)
28
Char
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sept, Oct, Nov
4PM - 9AM (April)
River (Clifftop)
29
Golden Trout
Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov
4PM - 9AM (April)
River (Clifftop)
30
Stringfish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
4PM - 9AM (April)
River (Clifftop)
31
SalmonSeptN/A (April)River (mouth)
32
King SalmonSeptN/A (April)River (mouth)
33
Mitten CrabSept, Oct, NovN/A (April)River
34
Guppy
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
9AM - 4PM (April)
River
35
Nibble Fish
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
N/A (April)River
36
Angelfish
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
N/A (April)River
37
Bettta
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
N/A (April)River
38
Neon Tetra
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
9AM - 4PM (April)
River
39
Rainbowfish
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
N/A (April)River
40
Piranha
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
N/A (April)River
41
Arowana
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
N/A (April)River
42
Dorado
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
N/A (April)River
43
Gar
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
N/A (April)Pond
44
Arapaima
Jun, July, Aug, Sept
N/A (April)River
45
Saddled Bichir
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
N/A (April)River
46
Sturgeon
Jan, Feb, Mar, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
N/A (April)River (Mouth)
47
Sea Butterfly
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
N/A (April)Sea
48
Seahorse
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
All hours (April)Sea
49
Clown Fish
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
All hours (April)Sea
50
Surgeonfish
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
All hours (April)Sea
51
Butterfly Fish
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
All hours (April)Sea
52
NapoleonfishJul, AugN/A (April)Sea
53
Zebra Turkeyfish
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
All hours (April)Sea
54
Blowfish
Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec
N/A (April)Sea
55
Puffer FishJul, Aug, SeptN/A (April)Sea
56
AnchovyAll months
4AM - 9PM (April)
Sea
57
Horse MackerelAll monthsAll hours (April)Sea
58
Barred Knifejaw
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
All hours (April)Sea
59
Sea BassAll monthsAll hours (April)Sea
60
Red SnapperAll monthsAll hours (April)Sea
61
Dab
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
N/A (April)Sea
62
Olive FlounderAll monthsAll hours (April)Sea
63
Squid
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Dec
All hours (April)Sea
64
Moray EelAug, Sept, OctN/A (April)Sea
65
Ribbon Eel
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
N/A (April)Sea
66
Tuna
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
All hours (April)Pier
67
Blue Marlin
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Jul, Aug, Sept, Nov, Dec
All hours (April)Pier
68
Giant Trevally
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
N/A (April)Pier
69
Mahi-mahi
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
N/A (April)Pier
70
Ocean SunfishJul, Aug, SeptN/A (April)Sea
71
Ray
Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
N/A (April)Sea
72
Saw Shark
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
N/A (April)Sea
73
Hammerhead Shark
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
N/A (April)Sea
74
Great White Shark
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
N/A (April)Sea
75
Whale Shark
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
N/A (April)Sea
76
Suckerfisk
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
N/A (April)Sea
77
Football Fish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
N/A (April)Sea
78
Oarfish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Dec
All hours (April)Sea
79
BarreleyeAll months
9PM - 4AM (April)
Sea
80
CoelacanthAll monthsAll hours (April)
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
N/A (April)River
2
Pale ChubAll months
8AM - 4PM (April)
River
3
Crucian CarpAll monthsAll hours (April)River
4
DaceAll months
4PM - 9AM (April)
River
5
CarpAll monthsAll hours (April)Pond
6
KoiAll monthsAll hours (April)Pond
7
GoldfishAll monthsAll hours (April)Pond
8
Pop-eyed Goldfish
All months
9AM - 4PM (April)
Pond
9
Ranchu Goldfish
All months
9AM - 4PM (April)
Pond
10
Killifish
Jan, Feb, Oct, Nov, Dec
N/A (April)Pond
11
Crawfish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hours (April)River
12
Soft-shelled Turtle
Feb, MarN/A (April)River
13
Snapping Turtle
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct,Nov, Dec
9PM - 4AM (April)
River
14
Tadpole
Jan, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
N/A (April)Pond
15
Frog
Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec
N/A (April)Pond
16
Freshwater Goby
All months
4PM - 9AM (April)
River
17
LoachSept, Oct, NovN/A (April)River
18
Catfish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
4PM - 9AM (April)
Pond
19
Giant Snakehead
Jan, Feb, DecN/A (April)Pond
20
BluegillAll months
9AM - 4PM (April)
River
21
Yellow Perch
Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
All hours (April)River
22
Black BassAll monthsAll hours (April)River
23
Tilapia
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
All hours (April)River
24
Pike
Mar, April, May, June
All hours (April)River
25
Pond SmeltJun, Jul, AugN/A (April)River
26
SweetfishJan, Feb, MarN/A (April)River
27
Cherry Salmon
Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
4PM - 9AM (April)
River (Clifftop)
28
Char
Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
4PM - 9AM (April)
River (Clifftop)
29
Golden Trout
Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
4PM - 9AM (April)
River (Clifftop)
30
Stringfish
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
N/A (April)River (Clifftop)
31
SalmonMarN/A (April)River (mouth)
32
King SalmonMarN/A (April)River (mouth)
33
Mitten CrabMar, April, May
4PM - 9AM (April)
River
34
Guppy
Jan, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov
9AM - 4PM (April)
River
35
Nibble Fish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
N/A (April)River
36
Angelfish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
4PM - 9AM (April)
River
37
Bettta
Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
N/A (April)River
38
Neon Tetra
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, OCt, Nov, Dec
9AM - 4PM (April)
River
39
Rainbowfish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
9AM - 4PM (April)
River
40
Piranha
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
N/A (April)River
41
Arowana
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
N/A (April)River
42
Dorado
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
N/A (April)River
43
GarJan, Feb, MarN/A (April)Pond
44
Arapaima
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
4PM - 9AM (April)
River
45
Saddled Bichir
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
N/A (April)River
46
Sturgeon
Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
All hours (April)River (Mouth)
47
Sea Butterfly
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
N/A (April)Sea
48
Seahorse
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hours (April)Sea
49
Clown Fish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
N/A (April)Sea
50
Surgeonfish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
N/A (April)Sea
51
Butterfly Fish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
N/A (April)Sea
52
NapoleonfishJan, FebN/A (April)Sea
53
Zebra Turkeyfish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hours (April)Sea
54
Blowfish
May, Jun, Jul, Aug
N/A (April)Sea
55
Puffer FishJan, Feb, MarN/A (April)Sea
56
AnchovyAll months
4AM - 9PM (April)
Sea
57
Horse MackerelAll monthsAll hours (April)Sea
58
Barred Knifejaw
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
All hours (April)Sea
59
Sea BassAll monthsAll hours (April)Sea
60
Red SnapperAll monthsAll hours (April)Sea
61
DabAug, Sept, OctN/A (April)Sea
62
Olive FlounderAll monthsAll hours (April)Sea
63
SquidAll monthsAll hours (April)Sea
64
Moray EelFeb, Mar, AprilAll hours (April)Sea
65
Ribbon Eel
Jan,Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
All hours (April)Sea
66
Tuna
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
N/A (April)Pier
67
Blue Marlin
Jan, Feb, Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct
N/A (April)Pier
68
Giant Trevally
Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
N/A (April)Pier
69
Mahi-mahi
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
All hours (April)Pier
70
Ocean SunfishJan, Feb, MarN/A (April)Sea
71
Ray
Feb, Mar, Apr, May
4AM - 9PM (April)
Sea
72
Saw Shark
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
N/A (April)Sea
73
Hammerhead Shark
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
N/A (April)Sea
74
Great White Shark
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
N/A (April)Sea
75
Whale Shark
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
N/A (April)Sea
76
Suckerfish
Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
N/A (April)Sea
77
Football Fish
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept
N/A (April)Sea
78
Oarfish
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
N/A (April)Sea
79
BarreleyeAll months
9PM - 4AM (April)
Sea
80
CoelacanthAll monthsAll hours (April)
Sea (Rainy Days)

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