Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish list

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish list lets you know when and where to find those big catches you're after.

In your new island life, an Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish list is essential, as fish are a currency unto themselves. They're some of the most expensive resources you can find on your island, so dipping your rod in the water whenever you see a lurking shadow is always worth the effort.

As with everything in Animal Crossing: New Horizons the list of fish available at any time changes with the seasons and even the time of day. There are some fish that can only be caught in ponds, rivers or the sea, and even some very specific parts of each that you need to cast your line from. No matter the area, you can use fish bait to lure them in for a catch.

Below is the Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish list for everything we've found so far. We'll update the fish list as we find more. Each fish is listed with its sell price, how big its shadow is (there are six sizes), and what time and month you can catch them (all months are listed in Northern Hemisphere, because that's where we are, sorry Australia). If you've found any others let us know and we'll make sure to add them to the list. Note that some fish must be found in specific areas of the island, such as the cliff rivers and the pier, or when it is raining or snowing. These are noted in brackets.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fish List

animal crossing new horizons fish list
Use the Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish list below to find that big catch you're after.

Pond fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

  • Carp - 300 bells, big shadow, all day, all year
  • Koi - 4,000 bells, big shadow, 4pm - 9am, all year
  • Goldfish - 1,300 bells, smallest shadow, all day, all year
  • Pop-eyed Goldfish - 1,300 bells, smallest shadow, 9am-4pm, all year
  • Ranchu Goldfish - 4,500 bells, small shadow, 9am - 4pm, all year
  • Tadpole - 100 bells, smallest shadow, all day, March - August
  • Frog - 160 bells, small shadow, all day, May - August
  • Killifish - 300 bells, smallest shadow, all day, April - August
  • Crawfish - 200 bells, normal shadow, all day, April - September
  • Gar - 6,000 bells, largest shadow, 4pm - 9am, June - October
  • Giant Snakehead - 5,500 bells, bigger shadow, 9am - 4pm, June - August
  • Catfish - 800 bells, big shadow, 4pm - 9am, May - October

River fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

  • Bitterling - 900 bells, smallest shadow, all day, November - March
  • Pale Chub - 240 bells, smallest shadow, 9am - 4pm, all year
  • Crucian Carp - 160 bells, small shadow, all day, all year
  • Dace - 240 bells, normal shadow, 4pm - 9am, all year
  • Freshwater Goby - 400 bells, small shadow, 4pm - 9am, all year
  • Loach - 400 bells, small shadow, all day, March - May
  • Yellow Perch - 300 bells, normal shadow, all day, October - March
  • Black Bass - 400 bells, big shadow, all day, all year
  • Soft-shelled turtle - 3,750 bells, normal shadow, 4pm - 9am, August - September
  • Snapping turtle - 5,000 bells, normal shadow, 9pm - 4am, April - October
  • Pike - 1,800 bells, bigger shadow, all day, September - December
  • Pond Smelt - 400 bells, small shadow, all day, December - February
  • Sweetfish - 900 bells, normal shadow, all day, July - September
  • Mitten Crab - 2,000 bells, small shadow, 4pm - 9am, September - November
  • Guppy - 1,300 bells, smallest shadow, 9am - 4pm, April - November
  • Nibble Fish - 1,500 bells, small shadow, 9am - 4pm, May - September
  • Angelfish - 3,000 bells, small shadow, 4pm - 9am, May - October
  • Neon Tetra - 500 bells, smallest shadow, 9am - 4pm, April - November
  • Betta - 2,500 bells, small shadow, 9am - 4pm, May - October
  • Rainbowfish - 800 bells, small shadow, 9am - 4pm, May - October
  • Piranha - 2,500 bells, small shadow, 9pm-4am and 9am-4pm, June - September
  • Arowana - 10,000 bells, big shadow, 4pm - 9am, June - September
  • Dorado - 15,000 bells, bigger shadow, 4am - 9pm, June - September
  • Arapaima - 10,000 bells, normal shadow, 4pm - 9am, June - September
  • Saddled Bichir - 4,000 bells, big shadow, 9pm - 4am, June - September
  • Cherry Salmon (up the cliffs) - 1,000 bells, normal shadow, 4pm - 9am, March - June, September - November
  • Golden Trout (up the cliffs) - 15,000 bells, normal shadow, 4pm - 9am, March - May, September - November
  • Char (up the cliffs) - 3,800 bells, normal shadow, 4pm - 9am, March - June, September - November
  • Stringfish (up the cliffs) - 15,000 bells, bigger shadow, 4pm - 9am, December - March
  • Sturgeon (where the River Mouth opens onto the sea) - 10,000 bells, biggest shadow, all day, September - March
  • Salmon (River Mouth) - 700 bells, big shadow, all day, September only
  • King Salmon (River Mouth) - 1,600 bells, biggest shadow, all day, September only

Sea fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

  • Sea Butterfly - 1,000 bells, smallest shadow, all day, December - March
  • Anchovy - 200 bells, small shadow, 4am - 9pm, all year
  • Horse Mackerel - 150 bells, small shadow, all day, all year
  • Barred Knifejaw - 5,000 bells, normal shadow, all day, March - November
  • Sea Bass - 400 bells, bigger shadow, all day, all year
  • Red Snapper - 3,000 bells, normal shadow, all day, all year
  • Dab - 300 bells, normal shadow, all day, October - April
  • Olive Flounder - 800 bells, big shadow, all day, all year
  • Squid - 500 bells, normal shadow, all day, December - August
  • Football Fish - 2,500 bells, big shadow, 4pm - 9am, November - March
  • Oarfish - 9,000 bells, largest shadow, all day, December - May
  • Sea Horse - 1,100 bells, smallest shadow, all day, April - November
  • Clownfish - 650 bells, smallest shadow, all day, April - September
  • Surgeonfish - 1,000 bells, small shadow, all day, April - September
  • Butterfly fish - 1,000 bells, small shadow, all day, April - September
  • Napoleonfish - 10,000 bells, largest shadow, 4am - 9pm, July - August
  • Zebra Turkeyfish - 500 bells, normal shadow, all day, April - November
  • Blowfish - 170 bells, normal shadow, 6pm - 4am, November - February
  • Puffer Fish - 250 bells, normal shadow, all day, July - September
  • Moray Eel - 2,000 bells, bigger shadow, all day, August - October
  • Ribbon Eel - 600 bells, Narrow shadow, all day, June - October
  • Ray - 3,000 bells, bigger shadow, 4am - 9pm, August - November
  • Ocean Sunfish - 4,000 bells, largest shadow (with a dorsal fin), 4am - 9pm, July - September
  • Hammerhead Shark - 8,000 bells, largest shadow (with a dorsal fin), 4pm - 9am, June - September
  • Great White Shark - 15,000 bells, largest shadow (with a dorsal fin), 4pm - 9am, June - September
  • Saw Shark - 12,000 bells, largest shadow (with a dorsal fin), 4pm - 9am, June - September
  • Whale Shark - 13,000 bells, largest shadow (with a dorsal fin), all day, June - September
  • Suckerfish - 1,500 bells, largest shadow (with a dorsal fin), all day, June - September
  • Barreleye - 15,000 bells, small shadow, 9pm - 4am, all year
  • Coelacanth (only in rain) - 15,000 bells, largest shadow, all day (if raining), all year
  • Blue Marlin (fish from the pier) - 10,000 bells, largest shadow, all day, July - April
  • Tuna (from the Pier) - 6,000 bells, largest shadow, all day, November - April
  • Giant Trevally (from the Pier) - 4,500 bells, bigger shadow, all day, May - October
  • Mahi-mahi (from the Pier) - 6,000 bells, bigger shadow, all day, May - October

That's all we have so far for the Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish list. If you know of any others, or can help us out with corrections, please let us know and we'll update the list. For any more help with your new life, check out our other Animal Crossing: New Horizons guides.

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