Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fish List – Times, Locations, & Prices!

We're taking a look at a full list of all the fish you can find in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! We've got everything you'll need to know on what season, time, and location you need to be in to catch them all. We'll also be taking a look at how many bells you will be getting for each of these aquatic swimmers when you take them over to the shop.

Why do you want to catch all of these fish? Well, you surely want to make Blathers happy and fill up the museum! That's one reason to do it. You can also make quite a bit of money by fishing for particular types during some of the seasons. You will also get the Golden Fishing Rod if you're able to catch every single fish in your Critterpedia!

How to Catch Fish

Catching fish isn't too difficult, but landing the lure where it needs to be will take some time to get good at! Once you've got a fishing rod, all you need to do is equip it and find a shadow of a fish in the water. Aim your cast right in front of the fish's face. You will notice the fish make a move towards it if they are locked into it. They will then either take a couple of nibbles at it or grab it right away! If the bobber goes underwater then you can start mashing on the A-button. Learn to get accustomed to the noise it makes when the bobber sinks. This is the best way to learn when to start reeling it in.

Use Fish Bait

Fish Bait is a good way to farm a particular fish if you are looking for something specific. Some fish will only spawn in certain locations. For example, the Cherry Salmon only spawns in the River at the Clifftop. So, if you wanted to get one of those you would go up there but you would be at the mercy of it spawning when you get there. To increase the likelihood of getting one right away, we can throw some Fish Bait into the water. It doesn't guarantee you will get a Cherry Salmon, but it does guarantee a fish will spawn in that water.

To get Fish Bait, go to the beach and look for small dark spots that spout out water occasionally. Use your shovel and dig at this location. You will most likely get yourself a Manila Clam! Gather up a bunch of these then take it over to your crafting table and make some Fish Bait with it.

Shadows

You will usually be able to tell what kind of fish you are going to catch by the shadow it casts in the water. Sharks, for instance, cast shadows with a distinct dorsal fin on the top of it.

Other fish vary in size, so if you're searching for one it's good to know how big that fish is in real life and look for a shadow of comparative size.

New Horizons Fish List

Here's our list of all the fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! It is broken up by hemisphere, so make sure to locate the table that corresponds to where you chose to have your island. Due to the game taking place in real time, you have different seasons based on the date if you're in the northern or southern part of the world. Animal Crossing takes this into account, so you will find different fish based on where your island is at a particular time.

You can click/tap on the table headers to sort by that particular column!

Northern Hemisphere

Name Season Location Time Bells
Anchovy All year Sea 4 AM - 9 PM 200
Angelfish May - Oct River 4 PM - 9 AM 3,000
Arapaima June - Sept River 4 PM - 9 AM 8,000
Arowana June - Sept River 4 PM - 9 AM 10,000
Barred Knifejaw Mar - Nov Sea All day 5,000
Barreleye All year Sea 9 PM - 4 AM 12,000
Betta May - Oct River 9 AM - 4 PM 2,500
Bitterling Nov - Mar River All day 900
Black Bass All year River All day 400
Blowfish Nov - Feb Sea 9 PM - 4 AM 5,000
Blue Marlin Nov - Apr, July - Sept Pier All day 10,000
Bluegill All year River 9 AM - 4 PM 180
Butterfly Fish Apr - Sept Sea All day 1,000
Carp All year River All day 300
Catfish May - Oct Pond 4 PM - 9 AM 800
Char Mar - June, Sept - Nov River 4 PM - 9 AM 3,800
Cherry Salmon Mar - June, Sept - Nov River (Clifftop) All day 1,000
Clown Fish Apr - Sept Sea All day 650
Coelacanth All year Sea (Rain) All day 15,000
Crawfish Apr - Sept Pond All day 200
Crucian Carp All year River All day 160
Dab Oct - Apr Sea All day 300
Dace All year River 4 PM - 9 AM 240
Dorado June - Sept River 4 AM - 9 PM 12,000
Football Fish Nov - Mar Sea 4 PM - 9 AM 2,500
Freshwater Goby All year River 4 PM - 9 AM 400
Frog May - Aug Pond All day 120
Gar June - Sept Pond 4 PM - 9 AM 4,800
Giant Snakehead June - Aug Pond 9 AM - 4 PM 5,500
Giant Trevally May - Oct Pier All day 4,500
Golden Trout Mar - May, Sept - Nov River (Clifftop) 4 PM - 9 AM 15,000
Goldfish All year Pond All day 1,300
Great White Shark June - Sept Sea 4 PM - 9 AM 15,000
Guppy Apr - Nov River 9 AM - 4 PM 1,300
Hammerhead Shark June - Sept Sea 4 PM - 9 AM 8,000
Horse Mackerel All year Sea All day 150
Killifish Apr - Aug Pond All day 300
King Salmon Sept River (Mouth) All day 1,800
Koi All year Pond 4 PM - 9 AM 4,000
Loach Mar - May River All day 400
Mahi-mahi May - Oct Sea All day 6,000
Mitten Crab Sept - Nov River 4 PM - 9 AM 2,000
Moray Eel Aug - Oct Sea All day 2,000
Napoleonfish July - Aug Sea 4 AM - 9 PM 10,000
Neon Tetra Apr - Nov River 4 AM - 4 PM 500
Nibble Fish May - Sept River 9 AM - 4 PM 1,500
Oarfish Dec - May Sea All day 9,000
Ocean Sunfish July - Sept Sea 4 AM - 9 PM 4,000
Olive Flounder All year Sea All day 800
Pale Chub All year River 9 AM - 4 PM 200
Pike Sept - Dec River All day 1,800
Piranha June - Sept River 9 AM - 4 PM, 4 AM - 9 PM 2,500
Pond Smelt Dec - Feb River All day 320
Pop-eyed Goldfish All year Pond 9 AM - 4 PM 1,300
Puffer Fish July - Sept Sea All day 250
Rainbowfish May - Oct River 9 AM - 4 PM 800
Ranchu Goldfish All year Pond 9 AM - 4 PM 4,500
Ray Aug - Nov Sea 4 AM - 9 PM 3,000
Red Snapper All year Sea All day 3,000
Ribbon Eel July - Oct Sea All day 600
Saddled Bichir June - Sept River 9 PM - 4 AM 4,000
Salmon Sept River (Mouth) All day 700
Saw Shark June - Sept Sea 4 PM - 9 AM 12,000
Sea Bass All year Sea All day 400
Sea Butterfly Dec - Mar Sea All day 1,000
Sea Horse Apr - Nov Sea All day 1,100
Snapping Turtle Apr - Oct River 9AM - 4AM 5,000
Soft-Shelled Turtle Aug - Sept River 4PM - 9AM 3,750
Squid Dec - Aug Sea All day 500
Stringfish Dec - Mar River (Clifftop) 4 PM - 9 AM 15,000
Sturgeon Sept - Mar River (Mouth) All day 10,000
Suckerfish June - Sept Sea All day 1,500
Surgeonfish Apr - Sept Sea All day 1,000
Sweetfish July - Sept River All day 900
Tadpole Mar - July Pond All day 100
Tilapia June - Oct River All day 800
Tuna Nov - Apr Pier All day 7,000
Whale Shark June - Sept Sea All day 13,000
Yellow Perch Oct - Mar River All day 300
Zebra Turkeyfish April - May, July - Nov Sea All day 500

Southern Hemisphere

Name Season Location Time Bells
Anchovy All year Sea 4 AM - 9 PM 200
Angelfish Nov - Apr River 4 PM - 9 AM 3,000
Arapaima Dec - Mar River 4 PM - 9 AM 8,000
Arowana Dec - Mar River 4 PM - 9 AM 10,000
Barred Knifejaw Sept - May Sea All day 5,000
Barreleye All year Sea 9 PM - 4 AM 12,000
Betta Nov - Apr River 9 AM - 4 PM 2,500
Bitterling May - Sept River All day 900
Black Bass All year River All day 400
Blowfish May - Aug Sea 9 PM - 4 AM 5,000
Blue Marlin Jan - Mar, May - Oct Pier All day 10,000
Bluegill All year River 9 AM - 4 PM 180
Butterfly Fish Oct - Mar Sea All day 1,000
Carp All year River All day 300
Catfish Nov - Apr Pond 4 PM - 9 AM 800
Char Mar - May, Sept - Dec River 4 PM - 9 AM 3,800
Cherry Salmon Mar - May, Sept - Dec River (Clifftop) All day 1,000
Clown Fish Oct - Mar Sea All day 650
Coelacanth All year Sea (Rain) All day 15,000
Crawfish Oct - Mar Pond All day 200
Crucian Carp All year River All day 160
Dab Apr - Oct Sea All day 300
Dace All year River 4 PM - 9 AM 240
Dorado Dec - Mar River 4 AM - 9 PM 12,000
Football Fish May - Sept Sea 4 PM - 9 AM 2,500
Freshwater Goby All year River 4 PM - 9 AM 400
Frog Feb - May Pond All day 120
Gar Dec - Mar Pond 4 PM - 9 AM 4,800
Giant Snakehead Dec - Feb Pond 9 AM - 4 PM 5,500
Giant Trevally Nov - Apr Pier All day 4,500
Golden Trout Mar - May, Sept - Nov River (Clifftop) 4 PM - 9 AM 15,000
Goldfish All year Pond All day 1,300
Great White Shark Dec - Mar Sea 4 PM - 9 AM 15,000
Guppy Oct - May River 9 AM - 4 PM 1,300
Hammerhead Shark Dec - Mar Sea 4 PM - 9 AM 8,000
Horse Mackerel All year Sea All day 150
Killifish Dec - Feb Pond All day 300
King Salmon Mar River (Mouth) All day 1,800
Koi All year Pond 4 PM - 9 AM 4,000
Loach Sept - Nov River All day 400
Mahi-mahi Nov - Apr Sea All day 6,000
Mitten Crab Mar - May River 4 PM - 9 AM 2,000
Moray Eel Feb - Apr Sea All day 2,000
Napoleonfish Jan - Feb Sea 4 AM - 9 PM 10,000
Neon Tetra Oct - May River 4 AM - 4 PM 500
Nibble Fish Nov - Mar River 9 AM - 4 PM 1,500
Oarfish June - Nov Sea All day 9,000
Ocean Sunfish Jan - Mar Sea 4 AM - 9 PM 4,000
Olive Flounder All year Sea All day 800
Pale Chub All year River 9 AM - 4 PM 200
Pike Mar - June River All day 1,800
Piranha Dec - Mar River 9 AM - 4 PM, 4 AM - 9 PM 2,500
Pond Smelt June - Aug River All day 320
Pop-eyed Goldfish All year Pond 9AM - 4PM 1,300
Puffer Fish Jan - Mar Sea All Day 250
Rainbowfish Nov - Apr River 9 AM - 4 PM 800
Ranchu Goldfish All year Pond 9 AM - 4 PM 4,500
Ray Feb - May Sea 4 AM - 9 PM 3,000
Red Snapper All year Sea All day 3,000
Ribbon Eel Jan - Apr Sea All day 600
Saddled Bichir Dec - Mar River 9 PM - 4 AM 4,000
Salmon Mar River (Mouth) All day 700
Saw Shark Dec - Mar Sea 4 PM - 9 AM 12,000
Sea Bass All year Sea All day 400
Sea Butterfly June - Sept Sea All day 1,000
Sea Horse Oct - May Sea All day 1,100
Snapping Turtle Oct - Apr River 9AM - 4AM 5,000
Soft-Shelled Turtle Feb - Mar River 4 PM - 9 AM 3,750
Squid June - Feb Sea All day 500
Stringfish June - Sept River (Clifftop) 4 PM - 9 AM 15,000
Sturgeon Mar - Sept River (Mouth) All day 10,000
Suckerfish Dec - Mar Sea All day 1,500
Surgeonfish Oct - May Sea All day 1,000
Sweetfish Jan - Mar River All day 900
Tadpole Sept - Jan Pond All day 100
Tilapia Dec - Apr River All day 800
Tuna May - Oct Pier All day 7,000
Whale Shark Dec - Mar Sea All day 13,000
Yellow Perch Apr - Sept River All day 300
Zebra Turkeyfish Jan - May, Oct - Nov Sea All day 500

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