Animal Crossing: New Horizons – What Fish Can I Catch Right Now (March)

A seasonal list of available fish

by Kyle Hanson

If you want to pay off your house, upgrade your town, and do all the cool things you can in Animal Crossing: New Horizons then you’re going to be catching a lot of  fish. In fact, when you describe the game to friends who haven’t played it might sound to them like a fishing title. It certainly feels that way while I’m playing. But to be the best fisherman or bug catcher on the island you need to know what is out there to be caught. You might ask the question: what can I catch right now in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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What Fish Can I Catch Right Now

Let’s start off with fish that are available all year. Here’s that list, along with where to catch them, and what time. If you want to know how much they sell for check here.

Fish Caught in Time
Anchovy Ocean 4am to 9pm
Barreleye Ocean 9pm to 4am
Black Bass River Anytime
Blue Gill River 9am to 4pm
Carp River Anytime
Coelacanth Ocean (Rain) Anytime
Crucian Carp River Anytime
Dace River 4pm to 9am
Freshwater Goby River 4pm to 9am
Goldfish Pond Anytime
Horse Macheral Ocean Anytime
Koi Pond 4pm to 9am
Olive Flounder Ocean Anytime
Pale Chub River 9am to 4pm
Pop-eyed Goldfish Pond 9am to 4pm
Ranchu Goldfish Pond 9am to 4pm
Red Snapper Ocean Anytime
Sea Bass Ocean Anytime

So you don’t need to worry about what time of year you’re fishing if you want to catch these guys. But what about the seasonal ones? We’ll break it down by hemisphere for March. We’ve also color coded them. Red means they leave at the end of this month. Yellow will be gone at the end of next. Catch them quick before they’re gone.

Northern Hemisphere – March Fish

Fish Caught in Time Leaves in
Bitterling River Anytime March
Football Fish Ocean 4 PM to 9 AM March
Sea Butterfly Ocean Anytime March
Stringfish River (Clifftop) 4 PM to 9 AM March
Sturgeon River (Mouth) Anytime March
Yellow Perch River Anytime March
Blue Marlin Pier Anytime April
Dab Ocean Anytime April
Tuna Pier Anytime April
Golden Trout River (Clifftop) 4 PM to 9 AM May
Loach River Anytime May
Oarfish Ocean Anytime May
Char River 4 PM to 9 AM June
Cherry Salmon River (Clifftop) Anytime June
Tadpole Pond Anytime July
Squid Ocean Anytime August
Barred Knifejaw Ocean Anytime November

Souther Hemisphere – March Fish

Fish Caught in Time Leaves in
Arapaima River 4 PM to 9 AM March
Arowana River 4 PM to 9 AM March
Blue Marlin Pier Anytime March
Clownfish Ocean Anytime March
Crawfish Pond Anytime March
Dorado River 4 AM to 9 PM March
Gar Pond 4 PM to 9 AM March
Great White Shark Ocean 4 PM to 9 AM March
Hammerhead Shark Ocean 4 PM to 9 AM March
King Salmon River (Mouth) Anytime March
Ocean Sunfish Ocean 4 AM to 9 PM March
Piranha River 9 AM to 4 PM March
Angelfish River 4 PM to 9 AM April
Betta River 9 AM to 4 PM April
Catfish Pond 4 PM to 9 AM April
Moray Eel Ocean Anytime April
Mitten Crab River 4 PM to 9 AM May
Char River 4 PM to 9 AM May
Cherry Salmon River (Clifftop) Anytime May
Golden Trout River (Clifftop) 4 PM to 9 AM May
Guppy River 9 AM to 4 PM May
Neon Tetra River 4 AM to 4 PM May
Barred Knifejaw Ocean Anytime May
Pike River Anytime June

So with just a few days left in March players have a lot of work ahead of them. If you’re in the northern hemisphere be sure to grab a stringfish and sturgeon before they’re gone, along with the others. Southern hemisphere players have a ton to check off their to-catch list, including a lot of sharks. Check out our tips and tricks on catching rare fish for help if you need it. But hopefully this list answers your question of what fish can I catch right now in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

- This article was updated on March 31st, 2020