If you want to get the most out of your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you have to learn to fish. Thankfully, Nintendo has made it easy to grab a fishing rod and start rolling in the rare creatures. Once you have thought about the basics, fishing can quickly become a lucrative way to spend your time New horizons.
Get a fishing rod
Before you get excited about hooking in sharks and coelacants, you will need a fishing rod. Unlike previous Animal Crossing games, fishing rods and all other tools are destructible – after several dozen uses, the rod will snap and you will have to create a new one. There are a few different fishing rods in New horizons, each stronger than the last. These include:
- Fast fishing rod (10 catches)
- Robust fishing rod (30 catches)
- Golden fishing rod (90 catches)
If you have the necessary components and DIY recipes, go over to your workbench and start manufacturing the process. Anyone who is not a fan of DIY projects can usually pick up a fishing rod from Nook’s Cranny for a couple of watches.
How to fish
Once you have nabbed a fishing rod, there is nothing else you need to do before heading out to your local waterways. But you can not just throw your line somewhere and expect the fish will be snapped. Instead, you need to look for fish individually by looking for a black shadow lurking beneath the surface. These are available in six different sizes, and each size corresponds to a different set of fish. For example, sea bass always have one of the larger shadows in the game, while guppies have one of the smallest.
With your villagers facing the shadow, it’s finally time to throw out your line. Navigate to the fishing rod in your warehouse, select Hold and press A to throw out your line. You may need to reposition yourself a few times and rework, but eventually the fish will see your bobber and start fooling around on the line. Try to drop the bubbler directly in front of your target to give the best chance to connect.
With the fish interested in the line, be patient and wait for the bubbler to go completely underwater. When this happens, press A button to scroll it. Press it too slowly so that the fish gets away. Press it too early and you scare the fish before it is completely on the hook. It takes some practice, but before you know it, you’ll be a fishing master.
Use fish bait
Although not required, if you want to speed up the fishing process, it is worth a few extra minutes to do some fishing bait. With this object you can attract fish to your place instead of wandering around your island and looking for them. The best way to get fish baits is through crafts, and you only need one resource to do that – manila mussels.
These can be found under the sand along the coast of your island. Look for water splashing out of the ground, take out your shovel and dig away. It takes a manila mussel to create a piece of fish beet, so we recommend that you stock up before going back to your workbench.
With an inventory full of bait, simply go up to the stream you want to fish in, open your backpack and use your fishing bait. This will cause a fish to appear in front of you, making the fishing process much more efficient.
Like the real world, fish in Animal Crossing live only in certain habitats. For example, you will never find a moraine lurking in rivers, and it is not possible to roll in an arowana when throwing into the sea. Here are all the different places in New horizons which is home to exclusive fish:
- River (Clifftop)
If you want to fill in your Critterpedia, you have to throw out your line in each of these places – otherwise you will miss a lot of the directory. Once you have caught a fish, you can see its individual details, but until then, you must use an online resource to find out which animals are playing.
It may sound strange, but many players love to fish with their eyes closed. During fishing, the game provides both visual and audible signals. We already discussed the visual signal – that is, the bobber that goes underwater. But some New horizons Experts believe that the audible signal is a much better way to detect when a fish is connected to the line. This is how it works.
When the bubbler goes completely underwater, the game will create a unique splashing sound that is only heard when the fish is connected to the line. By closing their eyes, players are no longer distracted by the deceptive pieces of fish that cause the washer to move, causing them to pull in their line prematurely. Instead, they simply listen for the distinct splash before holding down A and rolls in its price. It does not work for everyone, but it is really worth a shot if you are a little jumpy when fishing.
Seasons and weather affect the availability of fish
The last thing you need to know about fishing is that the seasons and weather have a direct impact on what fish you can find around your island. During rainstorms, rare fish such as coelacanth are much more likely to be found along your shores. The same goes for many other species – but we let you discover these secrets on your own!
Every month a new set of fish comes to your island. This means that even if you think you have caught everything lurking around in August, September will provide a bunch more that you have probably not encountered yet. At the same time, some fish will leave at the end of each month, making it a race against the clock to catch them all before going to more suitable waters.