Fishing has always been a fun pastime in Nintendo’s Animal Crossing series, and we’re happy to report that it’s just as relaxing in New Leaf for 3DS.  You’re free to snag a huge variety of fresh/saltwater fish and other creatures, which you can then sell to Re-Tail or donate to the Museum while at the same time filling your encyclopedia.  We posted fishing tips a short while ago, and now we have a list of every available fish in the game, along with the best months of the year to catch them all.

Unlock Prima’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf Guide to learn each fish’s location and most importantly, the time of day it’s usually available. Buy it here.

In addition, don't forget to check out the cool Animal Crossing events happening in July.

Bitterling- December through February

Pale Chub- April through June/early September, October through November

Crucian Carp- March/October

Dace- March

Barbel Steed- March

Carp- October, November

Koi- All year

Goldfish- June through August

Popeyed Goldfish- May through early September

Killifish- June

Crawfish- April

Soft-Shelled Turtle- September

Tadpole- March

Frog- August

Freshwater Goby- October through March

Loach- April

Catfish- April

Eel- July

Giant Snakehead- June to September

Bluegill- June through early September, October through November

Yellow Perch- November through February

Black Bass- August

Pike- All year

Pond Smelt- January through February

Sweetfish- July

Cherry Salmon- October

Char- March through April, October

Rainbow Trout- October

Stringfish- September

Salmon- Early September

King Salmon- Early September

Mitten Crab- October through November

Guppy- June through early September

Nibble Fish- June through early September

Angelfish- June through early September

Neon Tetra- June through early September

Piranha- June through early September

Arowana- June to September

Dorado- June through September

Gar- June to September

Arapaima- July to September

Saddled Bichir- June to September

Sea Butterfly- January

Sea Horse- Late September

Clownfish- May through June, July through early August

Surgeonfish- April through August

Butterfly Fish- May through June

Napoleonfish- July to August

Zebra Turkeyfish- Late August

Blowfish- Winter

Puffer Fish- August

Horse Mackerel- March

Bared Knifejaw- November

Sea Bass- Year round

Red Snapper- All year

Dab- January, February, December

Olive Flounder- January, February and December

Squid- April

Moray Eel- All year

Ribbon Eel- Island only, year round

Football Fish- January through February

Tuna- February

Blue Marlin- July/August, end of September

Giant Trevally- Island only, year round

Ray- Year round

Ocean Sunfish- July through August

Hammerhead Shark- Year round

Shark- June through early August/late September

Saw Shark- Year round

Whale Shark- Island only, year round

Oarfish- Year round

Coelacanth- All year

Seaweed- March through May

Sea Grapes- August

Sea Urchin- Early August

Acorn Barnacle- June through August

Oyster- November through December

Turban Shell- April through May, August

Abalone- May through early September

Ear Shell- May

Clam- January

Pearl Oyster- January

Scallop- November through January

Sea Anemone- January through July, Late September through October, November through December

Sea Star- January through July, late September through October, November through December

Sea Cucumber- January through March

Sea Slug- November through April

Flatworm- Year round

Mantis Shrimp- March through April/early September

Sweet Shrimp- October through December

Tiger Prawn- Late September

Spiny Lobster- October through December

Lobster- May, December

Snow Crab- December through February

Horsehair Crab- December through February

Red King Crab- December through February

Spider Crab-Year round

Octopus- Year round

Spotted Garden Eel- Island only, year round

Chambered Nautilus- Island only, year round

Horseshoe Crab- August through early September

Giant Isopod- Island only, year round

More Animal Crossing Features

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