River/Pond Fishing Guide

A Tutorial for Animal Crossing: New Leaf

1. River/Pond Fish

1.1. Tiny Fish


(Smaller than the size of the bobber)
  • Bitterling (River) - 900 bells
    November until the end of February (All Day)
  • Frog (Pond) - 120 bells
    May until the end of August (All Day)
  • Goldfish (River) - 1,300 bells
    Year-round (All Day)
  • Guppy (River) - 1,300 bells
    April until the end of November (9AM - 4PM)
  • Killifish (Pond) - 300 bells
    April until the end of August (All Day)
  • Neon Tetra (River) - 500 bells
    April until the end of November (9AM - 4PM)
  • Pale Chub (River) - 200 bells
    Year-round (9AM - 4PM)
  • Popeyed Goldfish (River) - 1,300 bells
    Year-round (9AM - 4PM)
  • Tadpole (Pond) - 100 bells
    March until the end of July (All Day)

1.2. Small Fish


(Around the size of the bobber)
  • Angelfish (River) - 3,000 bells
    May until the end of October (4PM - 9AM)
  • Bluegill (River) - 120 bells
    Year-round (9AM - 4PM)
  • Crawfish (Pond) - 200 bells
    April until September 15th (All Day)
  • Crucian Carp (River) - 120 bells
    Year-round (All Day)
  • Freshwater Goby (River) - 300 bells
    Year-round (4PM - 9AM)
  • Loach (River) - 300 bells
    March until the end of May (All Day)
  • Mitten Crab (River) - 2,000 bells
    September 16th until the end of November (4PM - 9AM)
  • Nibble Fish (River) - 1,500 bells
    May until the end of September (9AM - 4PM)
  • Piranha (River) - 2,500 bells
    June until September 15th (9AM - 4PM & 9PM - 4AM)
  • Pond Smelt (River) - 300 bells
    December until the end of February (All Day)
  • Yellow Perch (River) - 240 bells
    October until the end of March (All Day)

1.3. Medium Fish


(Slightly bigger than the size of the bobber)
  • Barbel Steed (River) - 200 bells
    Year-round (All Day)
  • Cherry Salmon (River) - 1,000 bells
    March until the end of June & September until the end of November (4AM - 9AM & 4PM - 9PM)
  • Char (River Waterfall) - 3,800
    March until the end of June & September until the end of November (4AM - 9AM & 4PM - 9PM)
  • Dace (River) - 200 bells
    Year-round (All Day)
  • Soft-shelled Turtle (River) - 3,750 bells
    August until the end of September (4PM - 9AM)
  • Sweetfish (River) - 900 bells
    July until the end of September (All Day)

1.4. Large Fish


(Around the size of your character's torso)
  • Arowana (River) - 10,000 bells
    June until September 15th (4PM - 9AM)
  • Black Bass (River) - 300 bells
    Year-round (All Day)
  • Carp (River) - 300 bells
    Year-round (All Day)
  • Catfish (River Pool) - 800 bells
    May until the end of October (4PM - 9AM)
  • Koi (River) - 4,000 bells
    Year-round (4PM - 9AM)
  • Rainbow Trout (River) - 800 bells
    March until the end of June & September until the end of November (4AM - 9AM & 4PM - 9PM)
  • Saddled Bichir (River) - 4,000 bells
    June until the end of September (9PM - 4AM)
  • Salmon (River) - 700 bells
    September 16th until end of September (All Day)

1.5. Very Large Fish


(The same size as your entire character)
  • Dorado (River) - 15,000 bells
    June until the end of September (4AM - 9PM)
  • Giant Snakehead (River Pool) - 5,500 bells
    June until the end of August (9AM - 4PM)
  • Pike (River) - 1,800 bells
    September until the end of December (4AM - 9PM)

1.6. Huge Fish


(Longer and thinner than the very large fish)
  • Arapaima (River) - 10,000 bells
    July until the end of September (4PM - 9AM)
  • Gar (River Pool) - 6,000 bells
    June until the end of September (4PM - 9AM)
  • King Salmon (River) - 1,800 bells
    September 16th until the end of September (All Day)
  • Stringfish (River) - 15,000 bells
    December until the end of February (4PM - 9AM)

1.7. Long & Thin Fish


(Essentially a long, thin tube)
  • Eel (River) - 2,000 bells
    June until September 15th (4PM - 9AM)

2. Tips & Tricks

  • Plug earbuds or headphones into your 3DS/2DS when fishing, as though you will be visually able to identify when a fish pulls the bobber below water, the the accompanying sound (something like "Bloop") is a lot easier to pick up on, especially with larger fish that may escape faster if you don't reel them in.
  • Build a bridge near waterfalls and river pools for easier access to the fish that appear in those parts. These areas can have difficult angles or be rather large, so you want all the flexibility you can in catching them.
  • Plan out capturing fish. Certain fish only appear during very small intervals throughout the year, and if you miss that, you may have to wait an additional entire year to try again.
  • Keep a few extras of rare or seasonal fish, as villagers tend to ask for these when they're least convenient.
  • Using seasonal fish as home decorations boost your home score when rated Lyle of the Happy Home Academy, as long as the fish are available in the current season.
  • Trade your fish into the museum! It's a fun place to visit, and it allows you to learn more about each of the fish species and see them interact/swim around with other fish from their environment.
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