Summer is here, and that means it’s the season for fishing! While the global COVID-19 pandemic might make casting your line into a real-life lake no more than a dream this particular summer, fishing enthusiasts need not despair – in the Northern Hemisphere, there’s no fewer than fourteen new fish available to catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! (The Southern Hemisphere boasts a respectable but slightly less bountiful five fish).
Islanders, it’s up to you to add each and every one of these new fish to your collection — and we’re here to help you! This guide will explain when, how, and where to catch each one of June’s aquatic offerings. With the help of your friends here at GameLuster, you’ll be able to make museum curator Blathers happier than ever with all of these brand new rivers, pond, and sea-dwelling creatures to put on display!
Two of these fourteen fish can be found in ponds: the gar and the giant snakehead. The former is represented by an extra-large shadow and can be found at night, while the latter lurks beneath a large shadow and swims during the daytime. Both will be sticking around for the duration of the summer.
Six friendly fish call the river their home. Good news for potentially overwhelmed fishers: each and every one of these six fish will be around through August, with some even sticking around until September or October.
The very smallest shadow might be hiding a ferocious, sharp-toothed piranha. These carnivorous snappers have an unusual schedule, swimming around from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and then re-emerging from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. A medium shadow is potentially home to a tasty tilapia, which is available to catch at any time during the day or night.
The rest of the river fish all boast extremely large shadows, with the imposing arapaima having the largest shadow of all. Featuring slightly smaller, but still pretty ginormous, shadows are the dorado, arowana, and saddled bichir. All of these fish come out at night, with the saddled bichir being an especially late riser who won’t be showing up until 9 p.m.
In the ocean, you’d best be careful if you plan to take a dip – it’s shark season in the world of New Horizons! The whale shark, great white shark, hammerhead shark, and non-shark but just as terrifying sawfish can all be found lurking in the form of large, finned shadows. These sinister swimmers call nighttime their time, with the exception of the whale shark, who can be found swimming just off your island all day long.
Haven’t had enough of catching creepy deep-sea critters? Why not look for a long, thin shadow at any time during the day – it just might be home to the slippery ribbon eel. Finally, if you’re looking for something ever so slightly less intimidating, medium shadows could potentially be hiding a suckerfish.
Unfortunately, Southern Hemisphere gamers have only five new fish coming to New Horizons this month (although they’ll see most of the ones mentioned above during the winter months of December and January). Smelt (small shadow) and stringfish (extra-large shadow) inhabit rivers, with the pickier stringfish preferring cliffside dwellings. In the ocean, you can catch the medium-sized squid and the small and adorable sea butterfly as well as the mighty oarfish — clearly, there’s no better time to catch “moar-fish” than ever before than during the month of June!
As summer comes to New Horizons, it’s time to bust out those rods and get fishing! Enjoy catching each and every one of these exciting new fish starting in June.
Which new fish is your favorite? Let us know!