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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fish Guide for May 2020

Lisa Marie Segarra

Fishing has always been a massive part of Animal Crossing games, and the latest entry, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, is no exception. Besides selling fish for money, villagers fill out the collections in their museums and compete in seasonal fishing tourneys.

Since Animal Crossing likes to mimic real-world seasons, the fish you might find in the winter aren’t always the same as the summer swimmers. Fish availability can also vary by the time of day, weather, and location. After all, it would be pretty strange to catch a shark in a pond or a river. To fish, you’ll need a fishing rod. You’ll start with a recipe for a flimsy fishing rod, which breaks often. But you can eventually upgrade that and other tools. Catching fish is easy once you know what to look for. Fish often nibble a few times before grabbing on to your line, but when they do, the bob sinks underwater, and you can hear a louder “plop” sound.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons also steps up the realism by adding a Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere option, which will change when fish are available.

New fish available in the Northern Hemisphere in May include the angelfish, betta, catfish, frog, giant trevally, mahi-mahi, nibble fish, and rainbow fish. The golden trout, loach, and oarfish leave after this month, as does the zebra turkeyfish, which comes back shortly in July.

In the Southern Hemisphere, the bitterling, blowfish, football fish, and tuna join the waters. So, too, does the blue marlin after a short time away for April. Leaving are the barred knifejaw, guppy, mitten crab, neon tetra, ray, and sea horse. The char, cherry salmon, and golden trout all leave temporarily until September, and the zebra turkeyfish leaves until October.

Here’s a guide to all the fish available right now in each location and how much they sell for

Northern Hemisphere

Anchovy: Ocean, 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. (200 Bells)

Angelfish: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (3,000)

Barred Knifejaw: Ocean, all day (5,000)

Barreleye: Ocean, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. (15,000)

Betta: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (2,500)

Black Bass: River, all day (400)

Bluegill: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (180)

Butterfly fish: Ocean, all day (1,000)

Carp – River, all day (300)

Catfish: Pond, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (800)

Char: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (3,800)

Cherry salmon: River (Clifftop), all day (1,000)

Clownfish: Ocean, all day (650)

Coelacanth: Ocean, during rainy days, (15,000)

Crawfish: Pond, all day (200)

Crucian carp: River, all day (160)

Dace: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (240)

Freshwater goby: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (400)

Frog: Pond, all day (120)

Giant trevally: Pier, all day (4,500)

Golden trout: River (Clifftop), 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (15,000)

Goldfish; Pond, all day (1,300)

Guppy: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1,300)

Horse mackerel: Ocean, all day (150)

Killifish: Pond, all day (200)

Koi: Pond, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (4,000)

Loach: River, all day (400)

Mahi-mahi: Pier, all day (6,000)

Neon tetra : River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (500)

Nibble fish: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1,500)

Oarfish: Ocean, all day (9,000)

Olive flounder: Ocean, all day (800)

Pale chub: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (200)

Pop-eyed goldfish: Pond, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1,300)

Rainbow fish: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (800)

Ranchu goldfish: Pond, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1,300)

Red snapper: Ocean, all day ( 3,000)

Sea bass: Ocean, all day (400)

Seahorse: Ocean, all day (1,100)

Snapping turtle: River, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. (5,000)

Squid: Ocean, all day (500)

Surgeonfish: Ocean, all day (1,000)

Tadpole: Pond, all day (100)

Zebra turkeyfish: Ocean, all day (500)

Southern Hemisphere

Anchovy: Ocean, 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. (200 Bells)

Barreleye: Ocean, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. (15,000)

Bitterling: River, all day (900)

Black bass: River, all day (400)

Blowfish: Ocean, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. (5,000)

Blue marlin: Pier, all day (10,000)

Bluegill: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (180)

Carp: River, all day (300)

Char: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (3,800)

Cherry salmon: River (Clifftop), all day (1,000)

Coelacanth: Ocean (During rainy days), all day (15,000

Crucian carp: River, all day (160)

Dab: Ocean, all day (300)

Dace: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (240)

Football fish: Ocean, 4 pm. to 9 a.m. (2,500)

Freshwater goby: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (400)

Golden trout: River (Clifftop), 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (15,000)

Goldfish: Pond, all day (1,300)

Horse mackerel: Ocean, all day (150)

Koi: Pond, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (4,000)

Mitten crab: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (2,000)

Olive flounder: Ocean, all day (800)

Pale chub: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (200)

Pike: River, all day (1,800)

Pop-eyed goldfish: Pond, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1,300)

Ranchu goldfish: Pond, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (4,500)

Ray: Ocean: 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. (3,000)

Red snapper: Ocean, all day (3,00)

Sea bass: Ocean, all day (400)

Sea horse: Ocean, all day (1,100)

Sturgeon: River mouth, all day (10,000)

Tuna: Pier, all day (7,000)

Yellow perch: River, all day (300)

Zebra turkeyfish: Ocean, all day (500)