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Fish are a number collectible items in the Animal Crossing series. Players can catch them with a fishing rod. They can be donated to the museum to fill up the aquarium, sold to Tom Nook/Reese, or placed in the player's home inside a Fish Tank, like a piece of furniture. However, only small fish tanks will be able to placed on top of furniture (e.g. A Table). Larger fish tanks must be put onto the floor. A large amount of fish will only emerge during the summer, a few unique species will emerge in autumn and spring, and there are almost none during the winter. Some villagers in City Folk will ask the player to try and catch a certain fish, and, upon doing so, they will give an item to the player, which could be anything from an article of clothing to a piece of furniture.
For further information, see Fishing.
In the series there are six different sizes of fish. Knowing the size of fish is a good way to mentally eliminate "common" fish without having to catch them first. Fish come in several size types, including tiny, small, medium, large, very large, and huge. Sharks and sunfish are unlike other fish in that they show a fin in their shadow.
In New Leaf, there are now various catch sizes of each fish that can be kept track of and recorded into an encyclopedia. Every time the player catches a fish that is bigger than the original record, it will be overwritten. However the shadow size for each type remains the same, no matter how big or small the resulting catch size is.
List of fish
Animal Forest e+
In Wild World, a total of 56 fish are obtainable. Dropped fish include the giant catfish, brook trout, herabuna, small bass, large bass and large char. New fish include the yellow perch, king salmon, dorado, gar, zebra turkeyfish, football fish, tuna, ocean sunfish, hammerhead shark and shark. No Animal Forest e+ endemics were dropped. In Wild World, 35 fish are freshwater and 21 are saltwater.
In City Folk, a total of 64 fish are obtainable. No fish were dropped. New fish include the butterflyfish, lobster, moray eel, napoleonfish, neon tetra, pike, ray and surgeonfish. The placement of fish in this game is evened out. In City Folk, 37 fish are freshwater and 27 are saltwater.
In New Leaf, a total of 72 fish are obtainable. Dropped fish include the jellyfish. New species include the whale shark, giant trevally, oarfish, nibble fish, saddled bichir, blowfish, tadpole, soft-shelled turtle, ribbon eel, mitten crab and saw shark. In New Leaf, 41 fish are freshwater and 31 are saltwater.