Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish guide for December 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers a lot of different ways for players to enjoy island life. One of the primary ways of enjoying your time is by fishing. Although it seems like a trivial task, catching new species of fish can be rewarding. Fish can be used to complete the museum collection or can sold for cold, hard bells.

Catching the fish you want can be a little tough, though. The game follows real-world seasons, so the availability of certain fish will vary from season to season. What fish you catch can also be influenced by the time of day, weather, and location on your island where you’re fishing. On top of this, you’ll need to take into account whether or not your island is located in the Northern or Southern hemisphere of the game, which also impacts fish availability. All of these things combined can make it difficult to narrow down where the last fish you need for your museum could be swimming.

Getting your feet wet in fishing is simple. When you see a fish’s shadow in the water, cast your fishing rod in that direction. Fish will often nibble a few times before grabbing onto your line, so keep an eye on when the fishing reel drops. When a fish grabs the line, you’ll hear a loud “plop” sound, and should press A right away to start reeling that fish in.

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The Northern Hemisphere will see the return of the pond smelt, stringfish, sea butterfly, squid, and oarfish. This is the best time to catch that elusive oarfish for Northern Hemisphere players! However, the pike will be leaving at the end of December.

In the Southern Hemisphere, we finally see the arrival of the giant snakehead, tilapia, piranha, arowana, dorado, gar, arapaima, saddle bichir, ribbon eel, saw shark, hammerhead shark, great white shark, whale shark, and suckerfish this month. Unfortunately, the cherry salmon and char leave at the end of December.

Here’s a guide to all the fish available right now in each location and how much they sell for in Nook’s Cranny. Remember that CJ will pay double what the Nooks pay for fish.

Northern hemisphere

  • Bitterling: River, all day (900 bells)
  • Pale chub: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (200 bells)
  • Crucian carp: River, all day (160 bells)
  • Dace: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (240 bells)
  • Carp: Pond, all day (200 bells)
  • Koi: Pond, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (4,000 bells)
  • Goldfish: Pond, all day (1,300 bells)
  • Pop-eyed goldfish: Pond, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1,300 bells)
  • Ranchu goldfish: Pond, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (4,500 bells)
  • Freshwater goby: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (400 bells)
  • Bluegill: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (18o bells)
  • Yellow perch: River, all day (300 bells)
  • Black bass: River, all day (400 bells)
  • Pike: River, all day (1,800 bells)
  • Pond smelt: River, all day (500 bells)
  • Stringfish: River, all day (15,000 bells)
  • Sturgeon: River (mouth), all day (10,000 bells)
  • Blowfish: Sea, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. (5,000 bells)
  • Anchovy: Sea, 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. (200 bells)
  • Horse mackerel: Sea, all day (150 bells)
  • Sea bass: Sea, all day (400 bells)
  • Red snapper: Sea, all day (3,000 bells)
  • Dab: Sea, all day (300 bells)
  • Olive flounder: Sea, all day (800 bells)
  • Squid: Sea, all day (500 bells)
  • Tuna: Pier, all day (7,000 bells)
  • Blue marlin: Pier, all day (10,000 bells)
  • Football fish: Sea, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (2,500 bells)
  • Oarfish: Sea, all day (9,000 bells)
  • Barreleye: Sea, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. (15,000 bells)
  • Coelacanth: Sea (raining), all day (15,000 bells)

Southern hemisphere

  • Pale chub: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (200 bells)
  • Crucian carp: River, all day (160 bells)
  • Dace: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (160 bells)
  • Carp: Pond, all day (300 bells)
  • Koi: Pond, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (4,000 bells)
  • Goldfish: Pond, all day (1,300 bells)
  • Pop-eyed goldfish: Pond, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1,300 bells)
  • Ranchu goldfish: Pond, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (4,500 bells)
  • Killifish: Pond, all day (300 bells)
  • Crawfish: Pond, all day (200 bells)
  • Snapping turtle: River, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. (5,000 bells)
  • Tadpole: Pond, all day (100 bells)
  • Frog: Pond, all day (120 bells)
  • Freshwater goby: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (400 bells)
  • Catfish: Pond, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (800 bells)
  • Giant snakehead: Pond, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (5,500 bells)
  • Bluegill: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (180 bells)
  • Black bass: River, all day (400 bells)
  • Tilapia: River, all day (800 bells)
  • Cherry salmon: River (clifftop) pond, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (1,000 bells)
  • Char: River (clifftop) pond, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (3,800 bells)
  • Guppy: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1,300 bells)
  • Nibble fish: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1,500 bells)
  • Angelfish: River, 4 p.m to 9 a.m. (3,000 bells)
  • Betta: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (2,500 bells)
  • Neon tetra: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (500 bells)
  • Rainbowfish: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (800 bells)
  • Piranha: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (2,500 bells)
  • Arowana: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (10,000 bells)
  • Dorado: River, 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. (15,000 bells)
  • Gar: Pond, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (6,000 bells)
  • Arapaima: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (10,000 bells)
  • Saddled Bichir: River, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. (4,000 bells)
  • Sea horse: Sea, all day (1,100 bells)
  • Clownfish: Sea, all day (650 bells)
  • Surgeonfish: Sea, all day (1,000 bells)
  • Butterflyfish: Sea, all day (1,000 bells)
  • Zebra turkeyfish: Sea, all day (500 bells)
  • Anchovy: Sea, 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. (200 bells)
  • Horse mackerel: Sea, all day (150 bells)
  • Barred knifejaw: Sea, all day (5,000 bells)
  • Sea bass: Sea, all day (400 bells)
  • Red snapper: Sea, all day (3,000 bells)
  • Olive flounder: Sea, all day (800 bells)
  • Squid: Sea, all day (500 bells)
  • Ribbon eel: Sea, all day (600 bells)
  • Giant trevally: Pier, all day (4,500 bells)
  • Mahi-mahi: Pier, all day (6,000 bells)
  • Saw Shark: Sea, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (12,000 bells)
  • Hammerhead Shark: Sea, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (8,000 bells)
  • Great white shark: Sea, all day (13,000 bells)
  • Suckerfish: Sea, all day (1,500 bells)
  • Barreleye: Sea, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. (15,000 bells)
  • Coelacanth: Sea (raining), all day (15,00 bells)

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