|River|| 650 Bells (AC),|
700 Bells (WW, CF, NL)
|41 in. (100 cm)||Large|
|Time of year||Time of day|
|Scientific name||Oncorhynchus kisutch|
|Appearances||AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL|
|Regional names|| Salmone |
- "I caught a salmon! Oh, that's slammin'!" —New Leaf
The salmon is a common fish that is found only during September. Along with its larger cousin the King Salmon; these two fish are the only species that can be found in both the ocean and the river.
Between the 1st and the 15th of September the Salmon can be found in the ocean, near the river mouth. After the 15th, the Salmon will move up the river, and can be found anywhere in it. The Salmon can also have a better chance of appearing between 4pm to 9am (Overnight into the morning). Like the real life Salmons, they move up the river to breed.
In the Wild World museum, the fish is in the middle tank with its big brother, the King Salmon. However, in City Folk, the two fish are separated, the salmon in the left tank, the king salmon in the right.
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
"Salmon grilled over hot coals... Delicious. I say, grilling and eating outdoors simply cannot be beat, eh wot?"
The salmon can be found in the first room of the fish exhibit in the second tank.
In City Folk
Ahh... A salmon? Yes, quite! Everyone knows that salmon swim upstream to spawn... Bid did you know they don't eat for the entirety of their journey? Indeed! Salmon must enjoy pushing themselves to the limit... I hereby dub them the pro athletes of the river!
The salmon can be found in the large left tank on the first level of the fish exhibit.
In New Leaf
Salmon are popular migratory fish that are born in rivers, migrate to oceans, and return in four years. In Japan, flavored salmon eggs are a very popular dish called ikura, but it hasn't caught on in the US. In rare cases, salmon will only stay in the ocean for one or two years before coming back. These fish are known as "phantom salmon" since they're so hard to find in the wild. Their characteristic pink color comes from the shrimp and krill they get in their diet. If they ate differently, their flesh would be white. Salmon only spawn at the bottom of the waterfall where the lake meets the ocean.
- "I caught a salmon! And it made it all the way back here! Now I feel bad." —Animal Crossing
- "I caught a salmon! Welcome back!" —Wild World
- "I caught a salmon! Now we're jammin'!" —City Folk
The Coho salmon can be found in the Pacific Ocean and rivers that run into the north pacific, including California and Russia. Most of the fish (other than the ones stocked into the great lakes) live in the ocean, except when it is time to come to freshwater, where there are less predators, so the fish can reproduce safe in the knowledge that there is less chance of the offspring being eaten. Unfortunately, they always die after the first spawn. The fish does not require salt water to live, however. Nearly 40% of young salmon are eaten by trout, such as the rainbow trout.