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Species #
Animal Forest 32
Animal Crossing 40
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ 48
Animal Crossing: Wild World 56
Animal Crossing: City Folk 64
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 72

Fish are a collectible item in the Animal Crossing series. Players can catch them with a fishing rod. They can be donated to the museum to fill out the aquarium, sold to Tom Nook, or placed in the player's home inside a Fish Tank, like a piece of furniture. However, even though fish tanks act like furniture, they cannot be placed on a table. A large amount of fish will only emerge during the summer, a few unique species emerge in autumn and spring, and there are almost none during the winter. Some villagers in Animal Crossing: City Folk will ask the player to try and catch a certain fish, and, upon doing so, they will give a reward. They can also be sold at Re-Tail. For further information see Fishing.

Fish

A player fishing

Fish sizes

In the series there are 6 different sizes of fish. Knowing the size of fish is a good way to eliminate "common" fish without having to catch them first. The sizes are Tiny, Small, Medium, Large, Very Large and Huge.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, there are now various sizes of each fish that can be kept track of and recorded into a book. Every time the player catches a fish that is bigger than the original record, it will be overwritten.

List of Fish between games

Main: Fish (Animal Forest)

In Animal Forest there are 32 species to obtain. The Coelacanth is the only fish in the sea.
Fish chart (Animal Forest)

Main: Fish (Animal Crossing)

In Animal Crossing there are 40 species to obtain. The Herabuna from Animal Forest and Dōbutsu no Mori + has been replaced with the Brook Trout. Sea Bass, Red Snapper, Barred Knifejaw, Jellyfish, Arapaima, Crawfish, Frog and Killifish were added.
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Animal Crossing Fish list.

Main: Fish (Animal Forest e+)

In the Japanese-only game, Dōbutsu no Mori e+, an extra 8 species occur, making a total of 48. The new species include the Horse Mackerel, Puffer Fish, Dab, Olive Flounder, Squid, Octopus, Seahorse, and Swordfish.
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Dōbutsu no Mori e+ fish list.

Main: Fish (Wild World)

In Animal Crossing: Wild World a total of 56 fish occur, with many added and many dropped. Dropped fish include Giant Catfish, Brook Trout, Herabuna, Small Bass, Large Bass and Large Char. New fish include Yellow Perch, King Salmon, Dorado, Gar, Zebra Turkeyfish, Football Fish, Tuna, Sunfish, Hammerhead Shark and Shark. No Dōbutsu no Mori e+ endemics were dropped. In Animal Crossing: Wild World 35 fish are freshwater and 21 are saltwater.

Main: Fish (City Folk)

In Animal Crossing: City Folk a total of 64 fish occur. No fish were dropped. New fish include Butterflyfish, Lobster, Moray Eel, Napoleonfish, Neon Tetra, Pike, Ray and Surgeonfish. The placement of fish in this game is evened out. 37 fish in Animal Crossing: City Folk are freshwater and 27 are saltwater.

Main: Fish (New Leaf)

A total of 72 fish will be available to catch. Dropped fish include Jellyfish. New species include the Whale Shark, Giant Trevally, Oarfish, Nibble Fish, Saddled Bichir, Blowfish, Tadpole, Soft Shelled Turtle, Ribbon Eel, Chinese Mitten Crab and Sawshark. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, 41 fish are freshwater and 31 are saltwater

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Complete list of fish throughout the AC series

Below is a list of fish throughout the series (note some fish are not present in all Animal Crossing games).


Name Price in Bells Location Time Months Peak Time Peak Months
Angelfish 3,000 River 4pm-9am May-Oct
Arapaima 10,000 River 4pm-9am Jul-Sep
Arowana 10,000 River 4pm-9am Jun-1st half Sep
Barbel Steed 200 River All Day All Year 9pm-4am Oct-Apr
Barred Knifejaw 5,000 Ocean All Day Mar-Nov
Bitterling 1300 River All Day Nov-Feb
Black Bass 300 River All Day All Year 4am-9pm May-Nov
Blowfish

(NL)

125 Ocean All Day Nov-Feb
Blue Marlin 10,000 Ocean All Day Jul-Sep
Bluegill 120 River 9am-4pm All Year May-Nov
Butterflyfish

(CF+)

1,000 Ocean All Day Apr-Sept
Carp 300 River All Day All Year 4pm-9am Apr-May, Oct-Nov
Catfish 800 River pool 4pm-9am May-Oct 9pm-4am Jun-Sep
Char 3,800 Waterfall 4am-9am, 4pm-9pm Mar-Jun, Sep-Nov
Cherry Salmon 1,000 River 4am-9am, 4pm-9pm Mar-Jun, Sep-Nov Mar-Apr, Sept-Oct
Clownfish

(WW+)

400 Ocean All Day Apr-Sept 9am-4pm Mar-Aug
Coelacanth 15,000 Ocean (raining or snowing) 4pm-9am All Year
Crawfish 250 Holding pond All Day Apr-1st half Sept
Crucian Carp 120 River All Day All Year Mar-May, Sept-Nov
Dab 300 Ocean All Day Oct-Apr
Dace 200 River 4pm-9am All Year 4pm-9am Dec-Feb
Dorado

(WW+)

15,000 River 4am-9pm Jun-Sept
Eel 2,000 River 4pm-9am Jun-1st half Sept 9pm-4am Jul-Aug
Football Fish

(WW+)

2,500 Ocean 4pm-9am Nov-Mar
Freshwater Goby 300 River 4pm-9am All Year
Frog 120 Holding Pond All Day May-Aug
Gar

(WW+)

6,000 River pool 4pm-9am Jun-Sep
Giant Snakehead 5,500 River pool 9am-4pm Jun-Aug
Giant Trevally

(NL)

4,500 Island Ocean All day All Year
Goldfish 1,300 River All Day All Year
Guppy 1,300 River 9am-4pm Apr-Nov May-Nov
Hammerhead Shark 8,000 Ocean 4pm-9am Jun-Sep
Herabuna

(AF&DM+)

300 River Pool All Day All Year
Horse Mackerel 150 Ocean All Day All Year
Jellyfish 100 Ocean All Day 2nd half Aug
Killifish 300 Holding Pond All Day Apr-Aug
King Salmon

(WW+)

1,800 River All Day Sept
Koi 4,000 River 4pm-9am All Year
Loach 300 River All Day Mar-May 4am-9pm Apr-Jun, Oct-Dec
Lobster

(CF)

2,500 Ocean All Day Nov-Feb
Mitten Crab

(NL)

2,000 River 4pm-9am Sept 15th-Nov
Moray Eel

(CF+)

2,000 Ocean All Day Aug-Oct
Napoleonfish

(CF+)

10,000 Ocean All Day July-Aug
Nibble Fish

(NL)

1,200 River 9am-4pm May-Sept
Neon Tetra

(CF+)

500 River 9am-4pm Apr-Nov
Oarfish

(NL)

9,000 Ocean All day Dec-May
Ocean Sunfish

(WW+)

4,000 Ocean 4am-9pm Jun-Sept 5pm-9pm
Octopus 500 Ocean All Day Mar-Jul, 2nd half Sept-Jan 4am-9pm Jul-Aug
Olive Flounder 800 Ocean All Day All Year All Day Dec-Feb
Pale Chub 200 River 9am-4pm All Year 9am-4pm Apr-Jun,Sep-Nov
Pike

(CF+)

1,800 River 4am-9pm Sept - Dec
Piranha 2,500 River 9am-4pm, 9pm-4am Jun-1st half Sep
Popeyed Goldfish 1,300 River 9am-4pm All Year
Pond Smelt 300 River pool All Day Dec-Feb
Puffer Fish 240 Ocean All Day Jul-Sep All Day August
Rainbow Trout 800 River 4am-9am, 4pm-9pm Mar-Jun,Sep-Nov 4am-9am, 4pm-9pm Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct
Ray

(CF+)

3,000 Ocean All Day Aug-Dec
Red Snapper 3,000 Ocean All Day All Year All Day Apr-Jul
Ribbon Eel

(NL)

600 Island Ocean All Day All Year
Saddled Bichir

(NL)

4,000 River 9pm-4am June-September
Salmon 700 River All Day Sept
Saw Shark

(NL)

12,000 Ocean 4pm-9am June-Sept
Sea Bass 160 Ocean All Day All Year Any Time Any Month
Sea Butterfly

(WW+)

1,000 Ocean All Day Dec-Feb
Seahorse 1,100 Ocean All Day Apr-Nov 9am-4pm May-Sept
Shark

(WW+)

15,000 Ocean 4pm-9am Jun-Sep
Softshell Turtle

(NL)

3,750 River 4pm-9am Aug-Sep
Squid 400 Ocean All Day Dec-1st half Aug 9pm-4am Feb-Jun
Stringfish 15,000 River 4pm-9am Dec-Feb 4pm-8am Dec-Feb
Surgeonfish

(CF+)

1,000 Ocean All Day Apr-Sept
Sweetfish 900 River All Day Jul-1st half Sep 4am-9pm Jul-Aug
Tadpole

(NL)

100 Pond All Day Mar-July
Tuna 7,000 Ocean All Day Nov-Mar
Whale Shark

(NL)

13,000 Island Ocean All Day All Year
Yellow Perch

(WW+)

240 River All Day Oct-March 4am-9pm Nov-Feb
Zebra Turkeyfish

(WW+)

400 Ocean All Day Apr-Nov 9am-4pm May-Sept
  • Note that not all of these fish are in all of the Animal Crossing series.
  • WW+ indicates that it is found in WW and all subsequent games (CF and NL)
  • CF+ indicates that it is found in CF and all subsequent games (NL).

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Freshwater fish
AngelfishArapaimaArowanaBarbel SteedBassBitterlingBlack BassBluegillBrook TroutCarpCatfishCharCherry SalmonCrawfishCrucian CarpDaceDoradoEelFreshwater GobyFrogGarGiant CatfishGiant SnakeheadGoldfishGuppyHerabunaKillifishKing SalmonKoiLarge BassLarge CharLoachNeon TetraNibble FishPale ChubPikePiranhaPond SmeltPopeyed GoldfishRainbow TroutSaddled BichirSalmonSmall BassSoft-shelled TurtleStringfishSweetfishTadpoleYellow Perch
Saltwater fish
Barred KnifejawBlowfishBlue MarlinButterfly FishClownfishCoelacanthDabFootball FishGiant TrevallyHammerhead SharkHorse MackerelJellyfishLobsterMitten CrabMoray EelNapoleonfishOarfishOcean SunfishOctopusOlive FlounderPuffer FishRayRed SnapperSaw SharkSea BassSea ButterflySeahorseSharkSquidSurgeonfishTunaWhale SharkZebra Turkeyfish
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