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|イシカリワカサギ Ishikari wakasagi|
|6.70 in. 17 cm||Small|
|Time of year||Time of day|
|December to February||All day|
|Scientific name||Hypomesus olidus|
|Family||Osmeridae - Smelts|
|Appearances||AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL|
|Regional names|| Pingo|
- "I caught a pond smelt! It could sure use a bath!" —New Leaf
The pond smelt is a relatively common winter fish found in the river at any time of the day between the months of December and February. In City Folk and New Leaf it is usually restricted to the River Pool.
Donating to the museum
In Animal Crossing
"Even run-of-the-mill, common fish are valuable resources, you see. All part of the grand tapestry, wot!"
In Wild World
In City Folk
Blathers will give his usual short speech on your donation. His words are as follows:
"Pond smelt are a popular catch during winter ice-hole fishing, eh wot? It's a simple sport, really. You open a hole in the ice, drop your line in...and then wait for a nibbly-nibbly! Not that I've tried. I find cold weather rather unappealing, so ice fishing is hardly a possibility..."
Upon donating it to the Museum, it can be found in the middle/right tank in the Aquarium.
In New Leaf
"Pond smelt are small but vigorous fish that can survive in water of relatively poor quality. Pond smelt are related to salmon and as such have a lot of the same migratory tendencies. Most of them swim from rivers to the ocean and then return to rivers and lakes. However, some of them actually live in lakes that have no connection to the ocean, so they don't migrate. They have small fins and are perfect for eating whole as tempura or grilled on barbecues."
- "I caught a pond smelt! Whew! And I thought the POND smelt bad!" —Animal Crossing
- "I caught a pond smelt! What does the pond smell like?" —Wild World
- "I caught a pond smelt! Whew! This guy's ripe!" —City Folk
「ワカサギを 釣り上げた！氷がなくても 釣れるのね」 —New Leaf
| "They made ice fishing famous!"|
|Habitat||Rivers (All Day)|
The pond smelt is a type of harmless commercial fish found in middle to surface waters in lakes, rivers, and ponds - this means it is caught to be sold for food. It can be found across the world in the Arctic, Northwest to Northeast of the Pacific, Canada, Alaska, Korea, and Japan. They feed off of plankton, small insects, and algae. Adults can be found spawning in in-shore areas between spring and summer.