How to fish on Animal Crossing

In the end, you have decided to enter the world of Animal Crossing too and you are beginning to understand how to play Animal Crossing properly . In no time at all, you were able to create new objects, meet new inhabitants and ensure a constant income thanks to the turnips sold by Brunella.

During your exploits, you have noticed that the manager of the museum on your island, Blatero, has filled an entire sector of his building with dozens and dozens of tanks, intended for the display of all the species he has fished. But in these tens, if not hundreds, of hours spent on Animal Crossing, no inhabitant has ever mentioned the possibility of catching fish from the sea.

No problem! By reading these few and simple steps, I will show you all the secrets on how to fish on Animal Crossing , to be able to definitively complete your museum exhibition.


  • How to fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
    • How to get a fishing rod in Animal Crossing
    • How to catch fish in Animal Crossing
    • How to fish sharks in Animal Crossing
    • How to join the Animal Crossing fishing tournament
    • How to dive on Animal Crossing
  • How to fish in Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • How to fish in Animal Crossing: Wild World

How to fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

In this first part of the guide, I will explain how to fish on Animal Crossing: New Horizons , the title of the series released in 2020 on the Nintendo Switch . I’ll start with the basics and show you some tricks to get the rarest sea creatures around. Are you ready? Yup? Then I’d say we can get started.

How to get a fishing rod in Animal Crossing

To be able to fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you will need the right equipment, necessary to attract and capture the creatures of the sea. I’m obviously talking about a fishing rod , the main tool of any self-respecting fisherman. It is possible to obtain a fishing rod by creating it in a workbench or by buying it from the shop of Mirco & Marco.

If you are willing to create a fishing rod using the work table, know that there are two types of this object: the fragile fishing rod , buildable with 5 branches that you can find on your island, and the fishing rod , which can be made by combining its more fragile version with an iron ore (object you can find by smashing rocks with an ax or shovel ).

Also, once you have all the fish in the game, you can get the DIY pattern for the golden fishing rod , which will last much longer.

As for the fishing rods that can be purchased in the shop, in addition to those already mentioned, from time to time the shop of Mirco & Marco will sell a fishing rod with a particular design , able to add a little more style to the your look. Once you have purchased the fishing rod that best suits your needs, you are ready to begin your first fishing session.

How to catch fish in Animal Crossing

Catching a fish in Animal Crossing is not that hard, quite the opposite. Go to a body of water , such as a river, a pond or the very shore of your island; then open the inventory (by pressing the X button on the controller) and select the fishing rod (by pressing the A button ). Pressing the A button on the pad again will launch the fishing rod towards the water and, with the right precision and timing, you will be able to attract the attention of a fish.

Once attracted the attention of the creature, the latter will approach the bait and start hitting it. After a few seconds of waiting, the fish will bite; at this point, quickly press the A button , in order to prevent the prey from letting go. With any luck, your character will pull the hook out of the water and show you the fish you caught, commenting on what happened with a pun.

Another factor to consider, especially when you have a fairly large amount of fish collected and start to find duplicate specimens , is the fish shadow . You can consider the latter as a preview of what you are going to fish, making you understand the size of the specimen that appeared.

Before proceeding to the next chapter, I would like to clarify that there are several areas in which it is possible to fish and each of these can bring up some types of creatures that are impossible to find in other areas.

For example, the ponds scattered on the island can contain fish such as carp , killifish or even frogs , it cannot contain creatures such as the ayu or the Apalone Ferox turtle present in the river. Likewise anchovies, hippocampus or eels will appear exclusively within the sea surrounding your island.

How to fish sharks in Animal Crossing

In addition to the fish listed above, there are several types of “special creatures”, much rarer than all the others. I’m obviously talking about sharks , the predators of the ocean. The procedure that will allow you to fish one of these sea beasts is not that different from the one listed above, but it is good to point out some differences that will allow you to spot (and attract) these creatures much more easily.

First of all: pay attention to their shadow . While most fish before capture are marked with a shadow that does not expand too much to show further visual detail, sharks are characterized by a much larger shadow and the presence of a dorsal fin that leaves little room for imagination. This rule also applies to other creatures such as eels , which have a longer shadow than the others.

As mentioned at the beginning of the chapter, creatures such as sharks are quite rare to find, however an Animal Crossing: New Horizons game event in particular can increase the chances of encountering more specimens consecutively: rain . In fact, during rainy days, the chances of encountering a shark fishing from the shore of the beach will increase.

Another piece of advice I can give you is to suggest the use of lures , objects that can instantly make a random sea creature appear, but which can also be used to increase the chances of a shark appearing. Creating a bait is very simple thanks to the workbench of the Service Center . The only material needed to create a bait is the Filipino clam , which can be found by digging with a shovel in the sand of the beach . Finally, just like other fish, sharks are also divided into various species, and each of them can appear at different times of the year and season.

How to join the Animal Crossing fishing tournament

Sure, the mechanics of fishing are needed to deliver the fish and sharks to Blatero to increase the collection of specimens inside the museum, but the cute owl isn’t the only character interested in your marine adventures. During the second Saturday of the months of April, July, October and January , your island will see the arrival of a particular visitor: Castorino .

During his stay on the island, Castorino will organize a large timed fishing competition and will be giving away various themed items. Castorino will remain in front of the Service Center for the whole day, from 09.00 to 18.00 , allowing you to take part in the race even during the afternoon.

Once you have interacted with Castorino, you can choose whether or not to give up the competition, which you can face either alone or with your friends. The rules are pretty simple: each player has 3 minutes to catch as many fish as possible; each fish will increase the final score which, at the end of the competition, can be used to buy the items offered by Castorino .

In addition, the friendly visitor who is passionate about fishing will be willing to buy any fish in the game at a price far higher than what Mirco & Marco would offer you. Among the most profitable fish are: oarfish , blue marlin and golden trout .

How to dive on Animal Crossing

Starting with Animal Crossing: New Horizons Update 1.3.0 , Nintendo has added the ability to dive on the seabed to get not only new creatures to display, but also new valuable items. In order to dive, again you will need to make additional purchases and get yourself a diving suit .

The latter can be purchased inside the Bottega di Mirco & Marco or through the distributor of the Service Center . In addition, you can further customize your look by purchasing a snorkel and a swim cap from the Agostina and Filomena tailor shop .

Once ready, head to the shore of the beach and keep walking towards the sea and awards A . After a few moments, your character will start swimming and you can finally explore a part of the water that surrounds your island. Unlike fishing, you will not need other objects to collect what is on the bottom of the sea: all you have to do is head to the bubbles that will appear in the sea and press the Y button on the pad to dive.

As with the previous methods, with the right timing you will get creatures like starfish and scallops , but also rare materials like pearls , necessary for the creation of tons of themed DIY projects.

How to fish in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

If you have Animal Crossing: New Leaf , the chapter of the series released on Nintendo 3DS in 2013 , don’t worry. Most of the steps listed in this guide can also be applied in this game. Unlike in New Horizons, in New Leaf fishing is allowed not only within your city, but also on the island of Remo and his family . To reach this place, head to the port of your city and pay the price of the ferry .

Remember to buy a fishing rod from Mirco & Marco shop before proceeding further. Also, unlike New Horizons, the fishing rod will never break , allowing you to try again and again without the fear of having to buy it back after a dozen or so attempts.

How to fish in Animal Crossing: Wild World

Despite its limited capabilities, the Animal Crossing: Wild World chapter for Nintendo DS also has its own collection of fish and sharks to collect, with almost identical functionality to its successors. Head to the shore of the beach , select the fishing rod using the touch screen and press the A button towards the water to attract the attention of the fish.

As with Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the fishing rod will also be indestructible in this case , so have fun filling your inventory with carp , shrimp and catfish .


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