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Rainbow trout
オオイワナ Ooiwana
Rainbow trout encyclopedia (New Leaf)
#22 #22 #22 #22 #25 #26 #28
Location Price
River 650 Bells(AC)
800 Bells(WW, CF, NL)
Size Shadow size
32 in. (80 cm) Large
Time of year Time of day
March to June
September to November
4 am to 9 am, 4 pm to 9 pm (Mar-Jun)
4 am to 9 pm (Sept-Nov)
Scientific name Oncorhynchus mykiss
Family Salmonidae - Salmon
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Fairly Common (✭✭)
Regional names Flag of Spain Trucha arcoíris
Flag of France small Truite
Flag of Italy small Trota iridea
Flag of Germany small Regenbogenforelle
"I caught a rainbow trout! That's what I'm talking about!" —New Leaf

The rainbow trout is a colorful and common fish that appears at different times of the year. From March to June, it can be found between 4am to 9am and 4pm to 9pm, but can be found again from September to November, from 4am to 9pm. It sells for 800 Bells at Tom Nook's store.

Donating to the museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the rainbow trout can be donated to the museum in each game by talking to Blathers, who will also give some information on it.

In Animal Crossing

Upon donation, 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 donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"Rainbow trout is best if cooked straightaway out of the water, eh wot? There are many recipes for this marvelous fish, too many to count! Sauteed trout almondine is a traditional preparation, for example. You can just tell by the name of that dish that it's pricey, can't you?"

After donating to the museum, the rainbow trout can be found in the second tank in the aquarium.

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"Did you know that the most popular bait used for rainbow-trout fishing is a few salmon eggs? Rather horrific when you remember that rainbow trout and salmon are related... Blech."

In New Leaf

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

"When rainbow trout get bigger, they develop a pretty pink band from their gills to their tails. Some of them spend their entire lives in rivers, while others live in the ocean. Steelhead trout are a unique type of rainbow trout that live in the ocean and return to freshwater to spawn. Rainbow trout are a major species of fish, but finding them in the wild is actually fairly rare."

Once donated, it can be found in the middle-left tank in the aquarium.

Capture quotes

"I caught a rainbow trout! Now that's a trout of a different color!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a rainbow trout! A trout of many colors!" —Wild World
"I caught a rainbow trout! Where's my pot of gold?!" —City Folk

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Rainbow trout (Wild World) "Their orange color resembles a rainbow. Because they are hearty eaters, they are fun to catch and good to eat."
Size 2.3 feet
Habitat Rivers
Season Spring and fall
Icon Rainbow trout (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Rainbow Trout (City Folk)
"Males of this species turn a vibrant rainbow color during the breeding period."
Size About 32 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season Spring/Fall

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Rainbow trout encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a rainbow trout! That's what I'm talking about!"
Size About 32 inches
Habitat Rivers
Season Spring/Fall


Further information

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The Rainbow Trout or Oncorhynchus mykiss is a member of the salmon family native to tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America. Rainbow trout vary in color - lake varieties light and silvery while river variants are vibrant and colorful. It is a type of sport fish, which means a fish that has been introduced to countries simply to be caught for the purpose of sport. Popular bait used for rainbow-trout fishing is salmon eggs, which causes confusion because they are related. Introducing this fish to parts of South America has caused problems for native fish, by either being consumed, out-sported or catching disease, which has given them the label of pest by fisheries. Rainbow trout have a varied diet, mainly eating insects but can eat smaller fish starting from when they are born.

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