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How to Catch the Cherry Salmon in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Trying to flesh out your collection of fish? Check out what we know regarding how to catch the Cherry Salmon in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons isn’t just about being the best Island Representative there ever was. Yes, it’s also about capturing the ecosystem and bending it to your will, then displaying various items in a museum showcase for everyone else to gawk at. You’re welcome! To add to your collection of flora and fauna, here’s our guide on how to catch the cherry salmon in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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How to Catch the Cherry Salmon in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

So, you want to get your mitts on some fish. We can help with that. We’ve actually had guides previously on getting other aquatic-dwelling creatures like the Surgeonfish, so if you need a hand with picking that particular fish up then why not check out the guide that we’ve prepared for you and relinked right here for your convenience? However, if it’s a cherry salmon that you’re concerned with, then we reckon you’ve come to the right place. When you give the cherry salmon to Blathers in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons museum, Blathers will note the following:

“The cherry salmon is related to the salmon, and is known for its distinctive pattern of “polka dots”. Their polka dots disappear as they mature, but only in the first of certain geographic regions. Pity the poor researchers that must make sense of the cherry salmon’s fickle fashion sense.”

Now, to catch a cherry salmon in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. If you want to do that, you’re going to want to gun for it during the months of March to June, then September to November. As for the time of the day, the magic hours appear to be between 4 am to 9 am, then 4 pm to 9 pm between the months of March and June. From September to November, the window closes to a single one of between 4 am and 9 pm, essentially giving you the bulk of the waking day. 

The cherry salmon can be found on Clifftop rivers in New Horizons, and it has a medium shadow size so there’s no need to cast your line out for something tiny or something that might very well be stringfish-sized. It shouldn’t be too difficult to real in once you have its number, and you can sell it for 1,000 Bells once you’ve caught enough or donated your original to Blathers.

Now that you have our guide on how to catch the cherry salmon in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, it should be reasonably easy for you to pick up. We’re constantly on our quest to ensure that Blathers always has his museum stock updated, so if you’re wanting to help him in his quest to collect everything then you’ll want to keep fishing. Need to actually purchase a copy of the game? You can use this Amazon link here to grab one and to also support Prima Games at the same time. Once you own the game, come on over to our dedicated guides hub to check out the tips and tricks that we’ve prepped for Island Representatives just like you:


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Ginny Woo
Ginny hails from just south of Mordor, and when she's not debating others about the One Ring then she's probably glued to an MMO or a JRPG. With Final Fantasy XIV, Destiny 2, and World of Warcraft on her plate, she's always got something to chat about and a sneaky guide up her sleeve. If writing's not on the cards, then she's probably drinking way too much coffee.