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"I caught a cherry salmon! It looks so PITiful! (Get it? Pit? Oh, never mind.)" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a cherry salmon! Weird... it smells like fish." —Wild World
"I caught a cherry salmon! This is definitely NOT the pits!" —City Folk
"I caught a cherry salmon! Now for a cherry-salmon pie!" —New Leaf
Japanese Quotes

「ヤマメを つりあげた! ケッコウ でかいっ!」 —Animal Forest

Cherry Salmon
ヤマメ Yamame
Scientific name Oncorhynchus masou
Family Salmonidae - Salmonidae
Time of year March to June, September to November
Time of day 4 am - 9 am, 4 pm - 9 pm (Mar-Jun)
4 am - 9 pm (Sept-Nov)
Location River
Size 15,85 in. 40 cm
Shadow size Small
Rarity Uncommon (★★★)
Sale price 1,300 Bells(GCN),
1,000 Bells(WW, CF, NL)
Appearances Animal Forest,
Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Animal Crossing,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Japan small ヤマメ Yamame

Flag of Italy small Salmone giapponese

Species #
Animal Forest 21
Animal Crossing 21
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ 21
Animal Crossing: Wild World 23
Animal Crossing: City Folk 24
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 26

The Cherry Salmon is a member of the Salmon family. It can be found in the river at different times of the year and at different times of the day, between 4am to 9am and 4pm to 9pm from March to June, and 4am to 9pm from September to November. Its shadow size is equal to that of the Sweetfish or Crucian Carp. It is fairly abundant, but fetches a decent price in all of the games.

Donating to the Museum

As with all bugs and fish in Animal Crossing series, the cherry salmon can be donated to the Museum by talking to Blathers. When donating, he will give the player some information about it.

In Animal Forest

In Animal Crossing

Upon donating it to the Museum in Animal Crossing, Blathers the curator will say;

"This is one of those fish that seem to mysteriously disappear from time to time. Drives fishermen batty, wot!"

In Wild World

Upon donating it to the museum in Wild World, Blathers will say the following about the chery salmon;

"Cherry salmon are known for their flavor and beauty, eh wot? Indeed, that is likely why they are called the queens of mountain-stream fishing. Hoo hoo! Of course, the males of the species might object to that moniker!"

In City Folk

When donating it to the museum in City Folk, Blathers will say;

"The first thing you notice when looking at a cherry salmon is undoubtedly its green, polka-dot body, wot? All those different sized dots overlapping each other... How very chic!"

In New Leaf

In New Leaf an information board in the aquarium will list information about this fish.

"The spotted pattern on cherry salmon serves as camouflage and is rather common in all salmon. Most cherry salmon spend their lives in rivers, but some do migrate to the ocean to fully mature. They are popular with anglers because of their well-balanced physique and beautiful patterns. Plus, their nervous nature makes them a good challenge to catch, which just adds to the fun."

The cherry salmon appears in the central, left tank.

Encyclopedia Information

Once the player has caught a particular fish or bug, they can find information about it in the bug or fish menus. Once the cherry salmon has been caught, the following information can be found in the fish menu:

Animal Forest

Cherry Salmon (Animal Crossing) Cherry Salmon (Animal Crossing icon) "Cherry Salmon"

Wild World

Cherry Salmon (Wild World) Cherry Salmon (Wild World icon) ''They have distinctive oval markings. Their size when spawning can vary."

Icon fishSize- 13.7 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers
Icon calendarSeason- Spring/Fall

City Folk

Cherry Salmon (City Folk) ''Also called the seema, these fish live in fresh and saltwater."

Icon fishSize- About 14 inches.
Icon houseHabitat- Rivers
Icon calendarSeason- Spring/Fall

New Leaf


Further Information


A real life Cherry Salmon

Oncorhynchus masou, also called Seema as an adult, Masu Salmon during its coastal appearance and Yamame Trout in its landlocked period, is a type of Asian salmon. It can be found in the eastern areas of the Pacific Ocean, namely Japan and Korea. It has a landlocked sub-species called the Taiwanese salmon, entirely endemic to Taiwan. Its name comes from the fact that the fish appears at the spawning grounds during the prime cherry blossoming time. Cherry Salmon feed mainly on insects, but also feeds on small fish and crustaceans. It is an endangered, harmless fish.

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Amago Trout.

The Amago Trout is another fish, resembling a spottier version of the Seema. Much debate has arisen on whether the Amago is a seperate species, or a subspecies of the Cherry Salmon itself.


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