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How to Catch Fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons:

Fishing is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and rewarding activities on Animal Crossing: New Horizons. However, all that fun can quickly turn into an endless stream of frustrations, especially if you don’t know what to do to catch one or get the right type of fish.

Yes, the “right types of fish,” you read that right. Fishes in New Horizons have different values, so you want to ensure you’re catching a rare, valuable one to increase your potential rewards when you turn it in for some quick Bells (Cash).

This guide will teach you how to catch fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.


How to Catch Fish in Animal Crossing New Horizons with more Precision

Fishing is pretty straightforward in New Horizons, as explained in our beginner’s guide on how to fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. You only need to craft a fishing rod, then cast it near a moving fish in water. Once the fish begins to nibble and goes under, press the A button at the right time to reel it in.

In addition to the above, you might also want to take note of the following to increase your chances of catching a fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons:

  • The fish you’ll encounter depends on which part of the island you’re on, be it a river, pond, shore, waterfall, or even the bank of a river
  • You can look for a specific type of fish in a given area by scaring other nearby fishes away. This is done by repeatedly withdrawing your lure or running along the edge of the water so much that you’re noisy. The game will spawn fishes Within that radius
  • Your fishing location and the fish shadow are enough indicators of what type of fish to expect
  • Cast your line in front of a fish such that it sees it; otherwise, the fish will find it difficult to notice it there, as different fishes have different visibilities
  • Concentrate more on the sound and vibration from your Nintendo Switch when pulling the lure. The sight of the fish aiming for a bite won’t help you attain the much-needed level of Precision. One handy tip that has always helped me in this regard is closing my eyes to concentrate better
  • A fish only nibble five times at maximum, after which it breaks free and swims away to freedom if you don’t reel it in on time
  • Lastly, the time of the day and the year impacts the type of fishes that’ll spawn from a given location

Related: How to Get a Slingshot in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Final Notes

There you have it, guys! And that’s all you need to catch a fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. While the type of fish you see is based on a somewhat complicated algorithm, you can still make a good catch by sticking to the areas such as the sea.

Larger fishes lurk in the water; thus, there’s a higher chance of you reeling in a shark. And this is a fish that can sell for as high as 15,000 Bells. Yikes!

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