Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fish Catching Guide

Nothing is better than kicking back and collecting some adorable critters and thankfully there’s a whopping 80 bugs and 80 fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons players will need to catch if they want to 100% complete their museum. This guide will detail all 80 fish complete with images and where to find them seasonally for the northern hemisphere. Since the title is newly released, this fishing guide will still be regularly updated as we obtain new information. All fish will also be listed in the order they appear in the Critterpedia.

New to Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the addition of fish bait. This can be crafted by digging up the Manila Clams on the beach which are found squirting water from the sand. While not necessary to catch fish, it can help greatly when looking for rare or area specific fish as it’s a guaranteed fish spawn every time bait is thrown in the water.

Anyone looking to swoop some bugs up should also check out the bug catching guide here.

1. Bitterling


The Bitterling appears in rivers starting from November and available until the end of March. They come out all times of day with a small shadow.

2. Pale Chub


The Pale Chub appears in rivers all year round. They come out from 9am and will keep appearing until 4pm with a small shadow.

3. Crucian Carp


The Crucian Carp appears in rivers all year round. They come out all times of day with a medium shadow.

4. Dace


The Dace appears in rivers all year round. They come out from 4pm to 9am with a medium shadow.

5. Carp


The Carp appears in ponds all year round. They come out all times of day with a large shadow.

6. Koi


The Koi appears in ponds all year round. They come out from 4pm to 9am with a large shadow.

7. Goldfish


The Goldfish appears in ponds all year round. They come out all times of day with a small shadow.

8. Pop-Eyed Golfish


The Pop-Eyed Goldfish appears all year round. They come out from 9am to 4pm with a small shadow.

9. Ranchu Goldfish


The Ranchu Goldfish appears all year round. They come out from 9am to 4pm with a small shadow.

10. Killifish

The Killifish appears in ponds from April to August. They come out all times of day with a small shadow.

11. Crawfish


The Crawfish appears in ponds from April to September. They come out all times of day with a small shadow.

12. Soft-Shelled Turtle

The Soft-Shelled Turtle appears in the river from August to September. They come out from 4pm to 9am with a large shadow.

13. Snapping Turtle

The Snapping Turtle appears in the river from April to October. They come out from 9pm to 4am with a medium or large shadow.

14. Tadpole


The Tadpole appears in ponds from March to July. They come out all times of day with an extra small shadow.

15. Frog

The Frog appears in ponds from May to August. They come out all times of day with a small shadow.

16. Freshwater Goby


The Freshwater Goby appears in rivers all year round. They come out from 4pm to 9am with a small shadow.

17. Loach


The Loach appears in rivers from March to May. They come out all times of day with a small shadow.

18. Catfish

The Catfish appears in ponds from May to October. They come out from 4pm to 9am with a large shadow.

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20. Bluegill


The Bluegill appears in rivers all year round. They come out from 9am to 4pm with a small shadow.

21. Yellow Perch


The Yellow Perch appears in rivers from October to March. They come out all times of day with a medium shadow.

22. Black Bass


The Black Bass appears in rivers all year round. They come out all times of day with a large shadow.

23. Tilapia

The Tilapia appears in the river from June to October.

24. Pike

The Pike appears in the river from September to December. They come out all times of day with a large shadow.

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26. Sweetfish

The Sweetfish appears in the river from July to September. The come out all times of day with a medium shadow.

27. Cherry Salmon


The Cherry Salmon appears in clifftop rivers from March to June and September to November. They come out from 4pm to 9am with a medium shadow.

28. Char


The Char appears in clifftop rivers from March to June and September to November. They come out from 4pm to 9am with a medium shadow.

29. Golden Trout


The Golden Trout appears in clifftop rivers from March to June and September to November. They come out from 4pm to 9am with a medium shadow.

30. Stringfish


The Stringfish appears in clifftop rivers from December to March. They come out from 4pm to 9am with a large shadow.

31. Salmon


The Salmon appears in the river mouth in September.

32. King Salmon

The King Salmon appears in the river mouth in September. They come out all times of day with a large shadow.

33. Mitten Crab

The Mitten Crab appears in the river from September to November. They appear from 4pm to 9am with a small shadow.

34. Guppy

The Guppy appears in rivers from April to November. They come out between 9am to 4pm with an extra small shadow.

35. Nibblefish

The Nibblefish appears in rivers from May to September. They come out from 9am to 4pm with an extra small shadow.

36. Angelfish

The Angelfish appears in rivers from May to October. They come out from 4pm to 9am with a small shadow.

37. Betta

The Betta appears in rivers from May to October. They come out from 9am to 4pm with a small shadow.

38. Neon Tetra

The Neon Tetra appears in the river from April to November. The come out from 9am to 4pm with a small shadow.

39. Rainbowfish

The Rainbowfish appears in rivers from May to October. They come out from 9am to 4pm with an extra small shadow.

40. Piranha

The Piranha appears in the river from June to Septmeber. They come out from 9am to 4pm and 9pm to 4am with a small shadow.


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