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How to fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

If you like catching and selling fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, check out this guide on how to fish in the game.

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Animal Crossing New Horizons character catching fish

Your native island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons has several water bodies and is surrounded by the ocean where you can catch unique varieties of fish. If you’re yet to explore this feature, here’s how to fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing games have always gained prominence for their life simulation mechanics that grant players a ton of freedom while building and exploring their islands. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is no exception as it offers island tours, DIY recipes, Harv’s Island, house customization, and many more exciting features.

Over the years, the majority of Animal Crossing games have also supported fishing. Players have always been curious to find new types of fish and sell them for valuable currencies.

On that note, here’s how to acquire a fishing rod and fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing New Horizons character holding fish and fishing rod

How to get a fishing rod in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

You can get your first Flimsy Fishing Rod in Animal Crossing: New Horizons from Tom Nook. He hands out the DIY recipe to you and the crafting materials include five tree branches.

Thereafter, you can get the following Fishing Rods in the game:

Fishing RodDurability How to getCrafting MaterialsPurchase Price/Selling Price
Fishing Rod30Get recipe from Pretty Good Tools Recipes for 3,000 Nook Milesx1 Flimsy Fishing Rod
x1 Iron Nugget
-/600 Bells
Golden Fishing Rod90Catch every Fish in the gamex1 Fishing Rod
x1 Gold Nugget
-/10,400 Bells
Colorful Fishing Rod30Purchase from the cabinet at Nook’s Cranny2,500/625 Bells
Fish fishing Rod30Purchase from the cabinet at Nook’s Cranny2,500/625 Bells
Outdoorsy Fishing Rod30Purchase from the cabinet at Nook’s Cranny 2,500/625 Bells

How to catch fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Follow these steps to fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons:

  1. Find a water source such as ponds, river pools, rivers, waterfalls, and the ocean.
  2. Look for a fish shadow in the water. Based on size and shape, there are six types of shadow in the game. Small and thin shadows like those of an eel are common while rare fish like the Great White Shark have massive shadows with a fin.
  3. Stand near the shadow’s head and press A to cast a line in the water. A fish can perform one of these actions then:
    • Nibble up to five times. Do note that after nibbling four times, the fish definitely bites the bobber on the fifth turn.
    • Bite the bobber.
    • Lose interest and swim away.
  4. As soon as a fish bites the bobber, quickly press and hold the A button.
  5. If you’re slow or do not press A at all, the fish will escape and disappear.
  6. The fishing rod is the only tool that can catch fish. Do not use nets or shovels near the shadow as it will lead to the fish being surprised and disappearing.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has several mechanics that make fishing one of the most interesting activities in the game. For instance, some fish like the sea bass are abundantly found in water bodies all year but others like the gar only appear at certain times of the day or year.

Character holding a large blue fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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