Fishing in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Scattered across the island, you’ll usually find unique fish that have the ability to catch and catch.

By catching fish, players will unlock them in the new phone app, Critterpedia. This vast library will display all the insects and fish you’ve found and caught, along with a descriptive analysis of their hours of activity, most frequent locations and the seasons/months they will appear.

When the Museum opens on your island, you can also donate your catch. Although you won’t get a reward for doing this, your museum will start to look pretty good as it starts to fill up with new discoveries.

Alternatively, if collecting isn’t your thing and you’re looking for some extra cash, you can sell fish to Bells. Although certain fish are worth more than others, players can use these bells to buy furniture and other useful items such as tools.


How to Catch Fish

Catching fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is very similar to previous games in the series, as you need to equip a fishing rod first.

To get the fishing rod, the player can craft one or simply purchase one from the Resident Services store.

When you’ve outfitted your new fishing gear, head out into the water and look for the small, dark silhouettes of fish swimming nearby. Once the fish are located, throw your rod in the shade and wait for the fish to hook up.

Fishing tips and tricks:

-Cast your line so that it lands in front of the fish (otherwise, it won’t see it).

-Watch out for the current! If your line is a little too far away, the current could pull it closer (or away) from the fish.

-The fish will only bite 5 times before swimming.

-Listen: Once a fish nibbles, you will hear a slight splash. Once the fish have hooked up you will hear a deeper sinking sound. Roll it up by pressing and holding “A”.

-Look for the cork to dive underwater! Roll it up by pressing and holding “A”.

-If you find it difficult to fish, we suggest you buy the colorful rod from Nook’s Cranny as the cork is a bit bigger and is neon green in color, which makes it easier to see. Plus, cork is actually a rubber duck.