When and where to catch all Animal Crossing New Horizons fish

Catching all of the Animal Crossing New Horizons fish is a task that will take you a considerable amount of time, in fact due to variations in the seasons it’ll take the best part of a year all told. However, you’ll need to power through this if you want to complete the collection for Blathers’ museum, along with the separate Animal Crossing: New Horizons sea creatures which we’ve covered in another guide. It’s the fish we’re focused on here, so we’ve got a comprehensive listing of the times and locations where they can be found so you can catch them all in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

As we mentioned, what fish you can catch varies across the time of day, year and locations. When we first started this guide we worked across two Animal Crossing islands to discover all the fish available across the north and south hemispheres to speed up the year’s discoveries. While that helped work all this out, you’ll still need to keep fishing for most of a whole year if you want to find everything you can. So good luck and happy reels, here’s how to catch every Animal Crossing New Horizons fish is the following locales:

  • River
  • River (Mouth)
  • River (Clifftop)
  • Pond
  • Pier
  • Sea

Below you’ll find the Northern Hemisphere fish, but you can skip straight to the Southern Hemisphere using this quick link:

Animal Crossing New Horizons Fish in the Southern Hemisphere

Northern Hemisphere Fish

Animal Crossing New Horizons Fish in the Northern Hemisphere 

Name Seasonality (North Hem) Availability Location 1

BitterlingJan, Feb, Mar, Nov, DecAll hoursRiver

2

Pale ChubAll months9AM – 4PMRiver

3

Crucian CarpAll monthsAll hoursRiver

4

DaceAll months4PM – 9AMRiver

5

CarpAll monthsAll hoursPond

6

KoiAll months4PM – 9AMPond

7

GoldfishAll monthsAll hoursPond

8

Pop-eyed GoldfishAll monthsAll hoursPond

9

Ranchu GoldfishAll months9AM – 4PMPond

10

KillifishApr, May, Jun, Jul, AugAll hoursPond

11

CrawfishApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, SeptAll hoursRiver

12

Soft-shelled TurtleAug, Sept4PM – 9AMRiver

13

Snapping TurtleApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct9PM – 4AMRiver

14

TadpoleMar, Apr, May, Jun, JulyAll hoursPond

15

FrogMay, Jun, Jul, AugAll hoursPond

16

Freshwater GobyAll months4PM – 9AMRiver

17

LoachMar, Apr, MayAll hoursRiver

18

CatfishMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct4PM – 9AMPond

19

Giant SnakeheadJun, Jul, Aug9AM – 4PMPond

20

BluegillAll months9AM – 4PMRiver

21

Yellow PerchJan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, DecAll hoursRiver

22

Black BassAll monthsAll hoursRiver

23

TilapiaJun, Jul, Aug, Sept, OctAll hoursRiver

24

PikeSept, Oct, Nov, DecAll hoursRiver

25

Pond SmeltJan, Feb, DecAll hoursRiver

26

SweetfishJul, Aug, SeptAll hoursRiver

27

Cherry SalmonMar, Apr, May, Jun, Sept, Oct, Nov4PM – 9AMRiver (Clifftop)

28

CharMar, Apr, May, Jun, Sept, Oct, Nov4PM – 9AMRiver (Clifftop)

29

Golden TroutMar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov4PM – 9AMRiver (Clifftop)

30

StringfishJan, Feb, Mar, Dec4PM – 9AMRiver (Clifftop)

31

SalmonSeptAll hoursRiver (mouth)

32

King SalmonSeptAll hoursRiver (mouth)

33

Mitten CrabSept, Oct, Nov4PM – 9AMRiver

34

GuppyApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov9AM – 4PMRiver

35

Nibble FishMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept9AM – 4PMRiver

36

AngelfishMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct4PM – 9AMRiver

37

BetttaMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct9AM – 4PMRiver

38

Neon TetraApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov9AM – 4PMRiver

39

RainbowfishMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct9AM – 4PMRiver

40

PiranhaJun, Jul, Aug, Sept9AM – 4PM, 9PM – 4AMRiver

41

ArowanaJun, Jul, Aug, Sept4PM – 9AMRiver

42

DoradoJun, Jul, Aug, Sept4AM – 9PMRiver

43

GarJun, Jul, Aug, Sept4PM – 9AMPond

44

ArapaimaJun, July, Aug, Sept4PM – 9AMRiver

45

Saddled BichirJun, Jul, Aug, Sept9PM – 4AMRiver

46

SturgeonJan, Feb, Mar, Sept, Oct, Nov, DecAll hoursRiver (Mouth)

47

Sea ButterflyJan, Feb, Mar, DecAll hoursSea

48

SeahorseApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, NovAll hoursSea

49

Clown FishApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, SeptAll hoursSea

50

SurgeonfishApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, SeptAll hoursSea

51

Butterfly FishApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, SeptAll hoursSea

52

NapoleonfishJul, Aug4AM – 9PMSea

53

Zebra TurkeyfishApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, NovAll hoursSea

54

BlowfishJan, Feb, Nov, Dec9PM – 4AMSea

55

Puffer FishJul, Aug, SeptAll hoursSea

56

AnchovyAll months4AM – 9PMSea

57

Horse MackerelAll monthsAll hoursSea

58

Barred KnifejawMar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, NovAll hoursSea

59

Sea BassAll monthsAll hoursSea

60

Red SnapperAll monthsAll hoursSea

61

DabJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, DecAll hoursSea

62

Olive FlounderAll monthsAll hoursSea

63

SquidJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, DecAll hoursSea

64

Moray EelAug, Sept, OctAll hoursSea

65

Ribbon EelJun, Jul, Aug, Sept, OctAll hoursSea

66

TunaJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, DecAll hoursPier

67

Blue MarlinJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Jul, Aug, Sept, Nov, DecAll hoursPier

68

Giant TrevallyMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, SeptAll hoursPier

69

Mahi-mahiMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, OctAll hoursPier

70

Ocean SunfishJul, Aug, Sept4AM – 9PMSea

71

RayAug, Sept, Oct, Nov4AM – 9PMSea

72

Saw SharkJun, Jul, Aug, Sept4PM – 9AMSea

73

Hammerhead SharkJun, Jul, Aug, Sept4PM – 9AMSea

74

Great White SharkJun, Jul, Aug, Sept4PM – 9AMSea

75

Whale SharkJun, Jul, Aug, Sept4PM – 9AMSea

76

SuckerfiskJun, Jul, Aug, SeptAll hoursSea

77

Football FishJan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec4PM – 9AMSea

78

OarfishJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, DecAll hoursSea

79

BarreleyeAll months9PM – 4AMSea

80

CoelacanthAll monthsAll hoursSea (Rainy Days)

Southern Hemisphere Fish

Animal Crossing New Horizons Fish in the Southern Hemisphere

Name Seasonality (South Hem) Availability (April) Location 1

BitterlingMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, SeptAll hoursRiver

2

Pale ChubAll months8AM – 4PMRiver

3

Crucian CarpAll monthsAll hoursRiver

4

DaceAll months4PM – 9AMRiver

5

CarpAll monthsAll hoursPond

6

KoiAll monthsAll hoursPond

7

GoldfishAll monthsAll hoursPond

8

Pop-eyed GoldfishAll months9AM – 4PMPond

9

Ranchu GoldfishAll months9AM – 4PMPond

10

KillifishJan, Feb, Oct, Nov, DecAll hoursPond

11

CrawfishJan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, DecAll hoursRiver

12

Soft-shelled TurtleFeb, Mar4PM – 9AMRiver

13

Snapping TurtleJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct,Nov, Dec9PM – 4AMRiver

14

TadpoleJan, Sept, Oct, Nov, DecAll hoursPond

15

FrogJan, Feb, Nov, DecAll hoursPond

16

Freshwater GobyAll months4PM – 9AMRiver

17

LoachSept, Oct, NovAll hoursRiver

18

CatfishJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec4PM – 9AMPond

19

Giant SnakeheadJan, Feb, Dec9AM – 4PMPond

20

BluegillAll months9AM – 4PM River

21

Yellow PerchApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, SeptAll hoursRiver

22

Black BassAll monthsAll hoursRiver

23

TilapiaJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, DecAll hoursRiver

24

PikeMar, April, May, JuneAll hoursRiver

25

Pond SmeltJun, Jul, AugAll hoursRiver

26

SweetfishJan, Feb, MarAll hoursRiver

27

Cherry SalmonMar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec4PM – 9AM River (Clifftop)

28

CharMar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec4PM – 9AMRiver (Clifftop)

29

Golden TroutMar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec4PM – 9AMRiver (Clifftop)

30

StringfishJun, Jul, Aug, Sept4PM – 9AMRiver (Clifftop)

31

SalmonMarAll hoursRiver (mouth)

32

King SalmonMarAll hoursRiver (mouth)

33

Mitten CrabMar, April, May4PM – 9AMRiver

34

GuppyJan, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov9AM – 4PMRiver

35

Nibble FishJan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec9AM – 4PMRiver

36

AngelfishJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec4PM – 9AMRiver

37

BetttaJan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec9AM – 4PMRiver

38

Neon TetraJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec9AM – 4PM River

39

RainbowfishJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec9AM – 4PMRiver

40

PiranhaJan, Feb, Mar, Dec9AM -4PM, 9PM – 4AMRiver

41

ArowanaJan, Feb, Mar, Dec4PM – 9AMRiver

42

DoradoJan, Feb, Mar, Dec4AM – 9PMRiver

43

GarJan, Feb, Mar4PM – 9AMPond

44

ArapaimaJan, Feb, Mar, Apr4PM – 9AMRiver

45

Saddled BichirJan, Feb, Mar, Dec9PM – 4AMRiver

46

SturgeonMar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, SeptAll hoursRiver (Mouth)

47

Sea ButterflyJan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, DecAll hoursSea

48

SeahorseJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, DecAll hoursSea

49

Clown FishJan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, DecAll hoursSea

50

SurgeonfishJan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, DecAll hoursSea

51

Butterfly FishJan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, DecAll hoursSea

52

NapoleonfishJan, Feb4AM – 9PMSea

53

Zebra TurkeyfishJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, DecAll hoursSea

54

BlowfishMay, Jun, Jul, Aug9PM – 4AMSea

55

Puffer FishJan, Feb, MarAll hoursSea

56

AnchovyAll months4AM – 9PMSea

57

Horse MackerelAll monthsAll hoursSea

58

Barred KnifejawJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov, DecAll hoursSea

59

Sea BassAll monthsAll hoursSea

60

Red SnapperAll monthsAll hoursSea

61

DabAug, Sept, OctAll hoursSea

62

Olive FlounderAll monthsAll hoursSea

63

SquidAll monthsAll hoursSea

64

Moray EelFeb, Mar, AprilAll hoursSea

65

Ribbon EelJan,Feb, Mar, Apr, DecAll hoursSea

66

TunaMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, OctAll hoursPier

67

Blue MarlinJan, Feb, Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, OctAll hoursPier

68

Giant TrevallyJan, Feb, Mar, Nov, DecAll hoursPier

69

Mahi-mahiJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, DecAll hoursPier

70

Ocean SunfishJan, Feb, Mar4AM – 9PMSea

71

RayFeb, Mar, Apr, May4AM – 9PM Sea

72

Saw SharkJan, Feb, Mar, Dec 4PM – 9AMSea

73

Hammerhead SharkJan, Feb, Mar, Dec 4PM – 9AMSea

74

Great White SharkJan, Feb, Mar, Dec 4PM – 9AMSea

75

Whale SharkJan, Feb, Mar, Dec 4PM – 9AMSea

76

SuckerfishJan, Feb, Mar, Dec All hoursSea

77

Football FishMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept4PM – 9AMSea

78

OarfishJun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, NovAll hoursSea

79

BarreleyeAll months9PM – 4AMSea

80

CoelacanthAll monthsAll hoursSea (Rainy Days)

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