Rarest Fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Here is a list of the rare and very rare fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

It can be hard to keep track of small details while fishing in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Which fish are rare? How much do they sell for? Where can they be found? When do I find them? Thankfully, there are handy lists like this one to help keep track of all of that information.

Rarest Fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Here's the list of the rarest (all ranging from rare to very rare) fish you can find in ACNH, where they are located, their shadow size, seasonality (dependent on Northern or Southern hemisphere), time of day they can be fished for, and how much they sell for (both in the store and with CJ).

Arapaima

  • Status: Rare
  • Location: River
  • Shadow: Huge
  • Season: June to September (Northern)/December to March (Southern)
  • Time: 4am-9pm
  • Price: 10,000-15,000 bells

Arowana

  • Status: Rare
  • Location: River
  • Shadow: Large
  • Season: June to September (Northern)/December to March (Southern)
  • Time: 4pm-9am
  • Price: 10,000-15,000 bells

Barreleye

  • Status: Very Rare
  • Location: Ocean
  • Shadow: Small
  • Season: Continuous
  • Time: 9pm-4am
  • Price: 15,000-22,500 bells

Coelacanth

  • Status: Very Rare
  • Location: Ocean
  • Shadow: Huge
  • Season: Continuous
  • Time: Continuous
  • Price: 15,000-22,500 bells

Golden Trout

  • Status: Rare
  • Location: River (Clifftops)
  • Shadow: Medium
  • Season: March to May (Northern)/September to November (Southern)
  • Time: 4pm-9am
  • Price: 15,000-22,500 bells

Related: How to move houses in Animal Crossing: New Horizon

Mahi-Mahi

  • Status: Rare
  • Location: Pier
  • Shadow: Huge
  • Season: May to October (Northern)/November to April (Southern)
  • Time: Continuous
  • Price: 6,000-9,000 bells

Moray Eel

  • Status: Rare
  • Location: Ocean
  • Shadow: Thin
  • Season: August to October (Northern)/February to April (Southern)
  • Time: Continuous
  • Price: 2,000-3,000 bells

Ranchu Goldfish

  • Status: Rare
  • Location: Pond
  • Shadow: Small
  • Season: Continuous
  • Time: 9am-4pm
  • Price: 4,500-6,750 bells

Saddled Bichir

  • Status: Rare
  • Location: River
  • Shadow: Large
  • Season: June to September (Northern)/December to March (Southern)
  • Time: 9pm-4am
  • Price: 4,000-6,000 bells

Stringfish

  • Status: Rare
  • Location: River (clifftops)
  • Shadow: Large
  • Season: December to March (Northern) / June to September (Southern)
  • Time: 4pm-9am
  • Price: 15,000-22,500 bells

Want to read more about Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Check out All Birthdays in Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Pro Game Guides. 

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