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Animal Crossing Rare Fish Guide: When & Where

Fancy yourself a keen angler? Well, this Animal Crossing Rare Fish Guide will be right up your alley! Here, we’ll let you know the “where” and “when” of Animal Crossing’s fishing world.

Rare Fish are well worth the challenge in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Whether you’re trying to make a shed load of money, or if you’re a completionist with museum spaces and critterpedia gaps… There’s plenty of reasons to undertake the not-so-dangerous task of an extreme angler in Animal Crossing.

What you need to know before undertaking such a task, though, is in regards to your hemisphere. With Animal Crossing Rare Fish popping up in certain months, a lot of the time, it’s important to know what ones you’re aiming for and when you can chase the elusive ones you don’t have!

Northern Hemisphere

Spring (MAR, APR, MAY)

Summer (JUN, JUL, AUG)

Autumn (SEP, OCT, NOV)

Winter (DEC, JAN, FEB)

Southern Hemisphere

Spring (SEP, OCT, NOV)

Summer (DEC, JAN, FEB)

Autumn (MAR, APR, MAY)

Winter (JUN, JUL, AUG)

Now that you know that, I’ll get to the fish…

Animal Crossing Rare Fish Guide
Credit: USGamer

Animal Crossing Rare Fish Guide

Below, I will list the fish, when you can find them, and where you can find them, as follows:

FISH NAME – Location ( Month ) Time of Day

Northern Hemisphere

GOLDEN TROUT – Cliffside River ( MAR – JUN / SEP – NOV ) 16:00 – 09:00

OARFISH – Sea ( DEC – MAY ) All Day

STRINGFISH – Clifftop River ( DEC – MAR ) 16:00 – 09:00

COELACANTH – Ocean ( ALL YEAR ) All Day when raining

BARRELEYE – Ocean ( ALL YEAR ) 21:00 – 04:00

BLUE MARLIN – Pier ( JUL – SEP / NOV – APR ) All Day

Animal Crossing Rare Fish Guide
Blue Marlin. Credit: Fandom

SNAPPING TURTLE – River ( APR – OCT ) 21:00 – 04:00

TUNA – Pier ( NOV – APR ) All Day

MAHI-MAHI – Pier ( MAY – OCT ) All Day

GIANT SNAKEHEAD – Pond ( JUN – AUG ) 09:00 – 16:00

GIANT TREVALLY – Pier ( MAY – OCT ) All Day

RANCHU GOLDFISH – Pond ( ALL YEAR ) 09:00 – 16:00

OCEAN SUNFISH – Ocean ( JUL – SEP ) 04:00 – 21:00

SAW SHARK – Ocean ( JUN – SEP ) 16:00 – 09:00

GREAT WHITE SHARK – Ocean ( JUN – SEP ) 16:00 – 09:00

WHALE SHARK – Ocean ( JUN – SEP ) All Day

HAMMERHEAD SHARK – Ocean ( JUN – SEP ) 16:00 – 09:00

BLOWFISH – Ocean ( NOV – FEB ) 18:00 – 04:00

NAPOLEONFISH – Ocean ( JUL – AUG ) 04:00 – 21:00

KOI – Pond ( ALL YEAR ) All Day

Southern Hemisphere

GOLDEN TROUT – Cliffside River ( MAR – MAY / SEP – DEC) 16:00 – 09:00

OARFISH – Sea ( JUN – NOV ) All Day

STRINGFISH – Clifftop River ( JUN – SEP ) 16:00 – 09:00

COELACANTH – Ocean ( ALL YEAR ) All Day when raining

BARRELEYE – Ocean ( ALL YEAR ) 21:00 – 04:00

BLUE MARLIN – Pier ( JAN – MAR / MAY – NOV ) All Day

SNAPPING TURTLE – River ( OCT – APR ) 21:00 – 04:00

TUNA – Pier ( MAY – OCT ) All Day

MAHI-MAHI – Pier ( NOV – APR ) All Day

GIANT SNAKEHEAD – Pond ( DEC – FEB ) 09:00 – 16:00

GIANT TREVALLY – Pier ( APR – NOV ) All Day

RANCHU GOLDFISH – Pond ( ALL YEAR ) 09:00 – 16:00

OCEAN SUNFISH – Ocean ( JAN – MAR ) 04:00 – 21:00

SAW SHARK – Ocean ( DEC – MAR ) 16:00 – 09:00

GREAT WHITE SHARK – Ocean ( DEC – MAR ) 16:00 – 09:00

Animal Crossing Rare Fish Guide
Great White Shark. Credit: Fandom

WHALE SHARK – Ocean ( DEC – MAR ) All Day

HAMMERHEAD SHARK – Ocean ( JUN – SEP ) 16:00 – 09:00

BLOWFISH – Ocean ( MAY – AUG ) 18:00 – 04:00

NAPOLEONFISH – Ocean ( JAN – FEB ) 04:00 – 21:00

KOI – Pond ( ALL YEAR ) All Day

Happy hunting!

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