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Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Fish

Animal Crossing New Horizons might have a bunch of new places to see and things to do, but the old ways to pass the time and make some bells are still around. Here’s how to fish in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

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First, you’re going to want to get your hands on a fishing rod. This can be crafted by heading to Resident Services and using the workbench. Here you’ll find the recipe for a Flimsy Fishing Pole. It’ll cost you five tree branches to craft.

How to Fish in Animal Crossing New Horizons

When you’re near a river or an ocean, you need to keep an eye out for little shadows in the water. They look like outlines of fish.

Equip your fishing pole and face the direction of these shadows in the water. Aim a bit in front of them, and use the pole by pressing A.

Once the line is cast and the bob is in the water, you need to wait until the fish fully submerges the bob underwater. Don’t be fooled by any nibbles, these won’t work!

Once the bob is underwater, you should hear a sound notification that will also help you out in knowing it’s time to press A.

If done correctly, your character will do all the work and reel it on in! Here’s a list of all the different ones you can get.

All Fish You Can Catch

  • Anchovy
  • Angelfish
  • Arowana
  • Barred Knifejaw
  • Barreleye
  • Betta
  • Bitterling
  • Black Bass
  • Blowfish
  • Blue Marlin
  • Bluegill
  • Carp
  • Catfish
  • Char
  • Cherry Salmon
  • Clownfish
  • Coelcanth
  • Crawfish
  • Crucian Carp
  • Dab
  • Dace
  • Football Fish
  • Freshwater Goby
  • Golden Trout
  • Goldfish
  • Guppy
  • Hammerhead Shark
  • Horse Mackerel
  • King Salmon
  • Koi
  • Loach
  • Mitten Crab
  • Moray Eel
  • Neon Tetra
  • Oarfish
  • Ocean Sunfish
  • Olive Flounder
  • Pale Chub
  • Pike
  • Piranha
  • Pond Smelt
  • Pop-eyed Goldfish
  • Puffer Fish
  • Rainbowfish
  • Ranchu Goldfish
  • Ray
  • Red Snapper
  • Ribbon Eel
  • Salmon
  • Sea Bass
  • Sea Butterfly
  • Seahorse
  • Soft-shelled Turtle
  • Squid
  • Stringfish
  • Sturgeon
  • Suckerfish
  • Sweetfish
  • Tadpole
  • Tilapia
  • Tuna
  • Whale Shark
  • Yellow Perch
  • Zebra Turkeyfish

You can donate these fish to the museum to further its aquarium collection, or you can of course sell them for some bells! It’s a pretty viable way to make money on the island.

Oh, and you can even just display them around your home or island! That’s it, though! That’s how to fish in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

If you need any more help, ask us down in the comments below. If you’d rather find the answers yourself, check out our Animal Crossing New Horizons wiki.


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