Animal Crossing: New Horizons fish guide for September 2020

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. 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 onto 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 Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere options, which will change when fish are available.

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New fish available in the Northern Hemisphere in September include the pike, cherry salmon, char, golden trout, salmon, king salmon, mitten crab, and sturgeon. The crawfish, soft-shelled turtle, sweetfish, salmon, king salmon, nibble fish, piranha, arowana, dorado, gar, arapaima, saddle bichir, clown fish, surgeonfish, butterfly fish, puffer fish, blue marlin, ocean sunfish, saw shark, hammerhead shark, great white shark, whale shark, and suckerfish leave at the end of this month, so be sure to catch these before they’re gone!

In the Southern Hemisphere, we finally see some new fish arriving, with the tadpole, loach, cherry salmon, char, golden trout, and barred knifejaw making an appearance this month. Unfortunately, the bitterling, yellow perch, stringfish, sturgeon, sea butterfly, and football fish leave at the end of September.

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

  • 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)
  • Crawfish: Pond, all day (200 bells)
  • Soft-shelled turtle: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (3,750 bells)
  • Snapping turtle: River, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. (5,000 bells)
  • Freshwater goby: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (400 bells)
  • Catfish: Pond, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (800 bells)
  • Bluegill: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (18o bells)
  • Black bass: River, all day (400 bells)
  • Tilapia: River, all day (800 bells)
  • Pike: River, all day (1,800 bells)
  • Sweetfish: River, all day (900 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)
  • Golden trout: River (clifftop), 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (15,000 bells)
  • Salmon: River (mouth), all day (700 bells)
  • King salmon: River (mouth), all day (1,800 bells)
  • Mitten crab: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (2,000 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)
  • Anglefish: 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. and 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. (2,500 bells)
  • Arowana: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (10,000 bells)
  • Dorado: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.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)
  • Sturgeon: River (mouth), all day (10,000 bells)
  • Sea horse: Sea, all day (1,100 bells)
  • Clownfish: Sea, all day (650 bells)
  • Surgeonfish: Sea, all day (1,000 bells)
  • Butterfly fish: Sea, all day (1,000 bells)
  • Zebra turkeyfish: Sea, all day (500 bells)
  • Puffer fish: Sea, all day (250 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)
  • Moray eel: Sea, all day (2,000 bells)
  • Ribbon eel: Sea, all day (600 bells)
  • Blue marlin: Pier, all day (10,000 bells)
  • Giant trevally: Pier, all day (4,500 bells)
  • Mahi-mahi: Pier, all day (6,000 bells)
  • Ocean sunfish: Sea, 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. (4,000 bells)
  • Ray: Sea, 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. (3,000 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, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (15,000 bells)
  • Whale 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 (15,000 bells)

Southern 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. (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)
  • Tadpole: Pond, all day (100 bells)
  • Freshwater goby: River, 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (400 bells)
  • Loach: River, all day (400 bells)
  • Bluegill: River, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (180 bells)
  • Yellow perch: River, all day (300 bells)
  • Black bass: River, all day (400 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)
  • Golden trout: River (clifftop), 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (15,000 bells)
  • Stringfish: River (clifftop), 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. (15,000 bells)
  • Sturgeon: River (mouth), all day (10,000 bells)
  • Sea butterfly: Sea, all day (1,000 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)
  • 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 (15,00 bells)

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