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Animal Crossing: City Folk Winter Fishing Guide

Fishing is the quickest, easiest way to make money in Animal Crossing: City Folk
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Fishing is by far the easiest way to make Bells in Animal Crossing, but unfortunately, winter doesn't offer the best fish to catch. Still, here are some fishing tips followed by a price guide for winter fish.

Tips

  • The size of the fish doesn't necessarily show you what it's worth. Some big fish (like sea bass) aren't worth a lot, while some small fish (like bitterlings or goldfish) bring in a lot of money.
  • Though each town is a bit different, each town should have one of the following great fishing areas: Two waterfalls (fish may be hard to see at the bottom of them), a pond area where the river widens out a bit, and a long coastline. The ocean coast tends to have the most valuable fish.
  • Don't run while fishing! You can walk as fast as you like, but the moment you press down B or Z to run, fish will get scared off.
  • You should usually cast your bobber upstream of the fish. That way, it will float down toward the fish eventually. In the ocean, your bobber tends to just float away from the coastline, so you'll have to recast a lot if you don't catch the fish's attention.
  • There are a couple of uses for your caught fish. You can sell them to Tom Nook for the prices listed below, you can store them in small aquariums inside your house, or you can donate them to the museum. Only one of each type of fish can be donated to the museum, so you may feel like always giving your first catch to them.

  • Winter Fish Prices

    Fish
    Worth in Bells
    River or Ocean
    Notes
    Bluegill
    120
    River
    -
    Crucian Carp
    120
    River
    -
    Horse Mackerel
    150
    Ocean
    -
    Barbel Steed
    200
    River
    -
    Dace
    200
    River
    -
    Freshwater Goby
    200
    River
    -
    Pale Chub
    200
    River
    -
    Sea Bass
    200
    Ocean
    -
    Yellow Perch
    240
    River
    -
    Black Bass
    300
    River
    -
    Carp
    300
    River
    -
    Dab
    300
    Ocean
    -
    Pond Smelt
    300
    River
    -
    Squid
    400
    Ocean
    -
    Octopus
    500
    Ocean
    -
    Olive Flounder
    800
    Ocean
    -
    Bitterling
    900
    River
    -
    Sea Butterfly
    1000
    Ocean
    -
    Goldfish
    1200
    River
    -
    Popeyed Goldfish
    1300
    River
    Daytime only
    Football Fish
    2500
    Ocean
    4 PM – 9 AM only
    Lobster
    2500
    Ocean
    -
    Red Snapper
    3000
    Ocean
    -
    Koi
    4000
    River
    4 PM – 9 AM only
    Tuna
    7000
    Ocean
    -
    Coelacanth
    15000
    Ocean
    Rain or Snow and 4 PM – 9 AM only
    Stringfish
    15000
    River
    -

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