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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 Animal Crossing: 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 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 an encyclopedia. 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 of fish obtainable. The Coelacanth is the only fish that can be caught in the ocean.
Main: Fish (Animal Crossing)In Animal Crossing, there are 40 species of fish obtainable.The Herabuna from Animal Forest and Animal Forest + has been replaced with the Brook Trout. Sea Bass, Red Snapper, Barred Knifejaw, Jellyfish, Arapaima, Crawfish, Frog and Killifish were added.
Main: Fish (Animal Forest e+)In the Japanese-only game, Animal Forest e+, an extra 8 species occur, making 48 species of fish obtainable. The new species include the Horse Mackerel, Puffer Fish, Dab, Olive Flounder, Squid, Octopus, Seahorse, and Swordfish.
Main: Fish (Wild World)
In Animal Crossing: Wild World, a total of 56 fish are obtainable.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 Animal Forest 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 are obtainable. 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. In Animal Crossing: City Folk, 37 fish are freshwater and 27 are saltwater.
Main: Fish (New Leaf)
In Animal Crossing: 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, Chinese Mitten Crab and Sawshark. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, 41 fish are freshwater and 31 are saltwater.
Complete list of fish throughout the AC series
Below is a list of fish throughout the series (note that some fish are not present in all Animal Crossing games).
|Name||Price in Bells||Location||Time||Months||Peak Time||Peak Months|
|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|
|Black Bass||300||River||All Day||All Year||4am-9pm||May-Nov|
|Blue Marlin||10,000||Ocean||All Day||Jul-Sep|
|Carp||300||River||All Day||All Year||4pm-9am||Apr-May, Oct-Nov|
|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|
|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|
|Eel||2,000||River||4pm-9am||Jun-1st half Sept||9pm-4am||Jul-Aug|
|Freshwater Goby||300||River||4pm-9am||All Year|
|Frog||120||Holding Pond||All Day||May-Aug|
|Giant Snakehead||5,500||River pool||9am-4pm||Jun-Aug|
|4,500||Island Ocean||All day||All Year|
|Goldfish||1,300||River||All Day||All Year|
|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|
|Loach||300||River||All Day||Mar-May||4am-9pm||Apr-Jun, Oct-Dec|
|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|
|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|
|Red Snapper||3,000||Ocean||All Day||All Year||All Day||Apr-Jul|
|600||Island Ocean||All Day||All Year|
|Sea Bass||160||Ocean||All Day||All Year||Any Time||Any Month|
|Squid||400||Ocean||All Day||Dec-1st half Aug||9pm-4am||Feb-Jun|
|Sweetfish||900||River||All Day||Jul-1st half Sep||4am-9pm||Jul-Aug|
|13,000||Island Ocean||All Day||All Year|
- 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).