Catching Fish

Besides growing crops and raising animals, you can make money by catching fish in the mountain area. There are two ways you can go fishing; one is by bare hand fishing and the other is by using a fishing pole. You will make more money when using fishing equipment than by just using your hands.

When you catch a fish, you will be told its species and size. The star rank of the fish determines its shipping price, not the fish's size.

Hand Fishing

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Catching fish using your bare hands is super easy to do. You can use this method to catch fish to sell right at the beginning of the game.

There are two areas on the mountain where you can bare hand fish; the Konohana low-mountain area and the Bluebell low-mountain area. The watery sections of these areas are shallow enough for you to walk through. Keep an eye out for small fish shadows swimming through the water. When you see one, walk up to it and press the A button! If you're fast enough, you'll catch the fish. If it swims away, you can chase after it, pressing A over and over, until you catch it or it escapes and disappears.

You can catch other things besides fish. Sometimes you will catch a Coin, Fish Bones, Old Ball, or Old Boot. The Coin is used as gifts or message board requests, and the Old Ball / Old Boot are necessary if you want to eventually receive the Master (fishing) Rod. Keep 10 of each "old" item in your horse storage cart until Rutger posts the request for the fishing pole. Fish Bones are simply garbage.

The star rank of the fish you catch using your hands will increase the more years you spend in the game. In year 1 you can catch fish up to two stars and this increases by one star every year; year 2 is max three stars, year 3 is up to four stars, and once you reach year 4, you can catch fish with up to five stars.

Shallow water fish will refresh every hour. If you can't find any more fish to catch, leave the area until the next top of the hour (:00). The fish will repopulate when you go back to the area.

Bare Hand fishing is not possible in Winter when the shallow waters freeze.

List of Hand Caught Fish

Fish NameLocationSeasonTimeMax
Size
Ship Price
1 Star to 5 Stars
Small SweetfishKonohanaSpring and Summer6am to 8pm10 cm30 G | 40 G | 50 G | 60 G | 70 G
Small CharBothSpring6am to 8pm15 cm30 G | 40 G | 50 G | 60 G | 70 G
Small EelBothSummer6pm to midnight15 cm30 G | 40 G | 50 G | 60 G | 70 G
Small CarpKonohanaSummer and Fall6am to 8pm15 cm30 G | 40 G | 50 G | 60 G | 70 G
Small ShishamoBluebellSpring and Summer6am to 8pm5 cm30 G | 40 G | 50 G | 60 G | 70 G
IcefishBluebell (Summer)
Konohana (Fall)
6am to midnight15 cm80 G | 110 G | 140 G | 160 G | 190 G
Small IcefishBluebell (Summer)
Konohana (Fall)
6am to 8pm7 cm30 G | 40 G | 50 G | 60 G | 70 G
Small LoachBothSummer and Fall6am to 8pm15 cm30 G | 40 G | 50 G | 60 G | 70 G
GobyBothFall6am to midnight15 cm120 G | 160 G | 200 G | 240 G | 280 G
Small GobyBluebellSpring6am to 8pm8 cm30 G | 40 G | 50 G | 60 G | 70 G
Small FunaBluebell (Summer and Fall)
Konohana (Spring and Summer)
6am to 8pm15 cm30 G | 40 G | 50 G | 60 G | 70 G
Small Black BassBothSummer6am to midnight12 cm30 G | 40 G | 50 G | 60 G | 70 G
Small BluegillBothSummer6am to midnight10 cm30 G | 40 G | 50 G | 60 G | 70 G
Small TroutBluebell (Summer)
Konohana (Spring)
6am to 8pm15 cm30 G | 40 G | 50 G | 60 G | 70 G
KillifishBothSpring to Fall6am to 4am4 cm20 G | 30 G | 40 G | 40 G | 50 G
Small KillifishBothSpring to Fall6am to 4am2 cm30 G | 40 G | 50 G | 60 G | 70 G
Small Masu SalmonBothSpring6am to 8pm15 cm30 G | 40 G | 50 G | 60 G | 70 G
SmeltBluebell (Spring)
Konohana (Fall)
6am to midnight15 cm140 G | 190 G | 240 G | 280 G | 330 G
Small SmeltBothSpring6am to 8pm8 cm30 G | 40 G | 50 G | 60 G | 70 G
Blue CrabBluebellSummer6pm to 4am8 cm30 G | 40 G | 60 G | 60 G | 70 G
CrabBluebell (Summer)
Konohana (Spring to Fall)
6pm to 4am10 cm20 G | 30 G | 40 G | 40 G | 50 G
Small CrabBluebell (Summer and Fall)
Konohana (Spring)
6pm to 4am7 cm30 G | 40 G | 50 G | 60 G | 70 G
Small Blue CrabKonohanaSummer6pm to 4am15 cm30 G | 40 G | 50 G | 60 G | 70 G
King Fish
Snapping TurtleBothSummer
(Stormy weather)
Bluebell (6am to midnight)
Konohana (6am to 8pm)
30 cm(Can't be shipped)
Other Items
Letter in a BottleBothSummer
(Stormy weather)
6am to midnight---240 G | 320 G | 400 G | 440 G | 480 G
Yellow WonderfulBluebell (Fall - Rainy)
Konohana (Spring - Rainy)
6am to midnight---Collect all 6 to make a wish
Blue WonderfulBluebell (Fall - Rainy)
Konohana (Spring - Rainy)
6am to midnight---Collect all 6 to make a wish

Rod Fishing

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You can't go fishing with a fishing rod until you receive one! On Summer 1, you will receive a Fishing Rod from your town's mayor. Until then, you can only do bare-hand fishing.

To use the Fishing Rod, equip it as a tool and then go to one of the four docks you'll find in the mountain area. Press A when prompted on the dock to cast your rod. When you see an exclamation point appear above your head, press A over and over until you reel in the fish. You can't just hold down the A button to catch the fish; you have to repeat your button presses until the fish emerges from the water.

You can catch different fish depending on which of the two fishing poles you're using. To get the Master Rod, you need to have 7750 FP with Rutger (2 flowers = 10,000 FP) and have a Request Level of 3 or higher; you can find your current Request Level inside your Info menu. Rutger will request 6000 G, 10 Old Balls, and 10 Old Boots.

In the Winter season the river waters will freeze. You simply need to use your Hammer on the ice cracks at the spot you want to fish at in order to open a hole in the ice.

Unlike bare-hand fishing, the deeper water fish are not time specific. You can catch the same fish regardless of what time of day it is. Some fish are weather-specific though.

There are four fishing pole locations you can cast from; one in Bluebell high-mountain, one in Konohana high-mountain, and two in Konohana mid-mountain. The two spots in Konohana mid-mountain are not the same spot and you can find different fish in each one.

List of Rod Caught Fish

Kono-Mid-S = Konohana mid-mountain, lower stream, Kono-Mid-W = Konohana mid-mountain, waterfall

Fish NameLocationSeasonRodMax
Size
Ship Price
1 Star to 5 Stars
SweetfishKono-HighSpring to FallFishing25 cm240 G | 320 G | 400 G | 480 G | 560 G
Large SweetfishKono-HighFall and WinterMaster35 cm380 G | 510 G | 640 G | 760 G | 890 G
CharKono-Mid-WSpring to FallFishing30 cm250 G | 330 G | 420 G | 500 G | 580 G
Large CharKono-Mid-SSpringMaster60 cm420 G | 560 G | 640 G | 760 G | 890 G
EelBlue-High
Kono-Mid-S
Spring or SummerMaster100 cm310 G | 410 G | 520 G | 620 G | 720 G
Large EelKono-High
Kono-Mid-W
SummerMaster150 cm390 G | 520 G | 660 G | 790 G | 920 G
CarpKono-Mid-SAll YearFishing40 cm360 G | 480 G | 600 G | 720 G | 840 G
SalmonBlue-High
Kono-Mid-S
Summer and FallMaster60 cm390 G | 520 G | 660 G | 790 G | 920 G
Small SalmonKono-HighSpringFishing30 cm180 G | 240 G | 300 G | 360 G | 420 G
Special SalmonKono-HighFallMaster90 cm450 G | 600 G | 760 G | 910 G | 1060 G
ShishamoAll LocationsAll YearBoth20 cm140 G | 190 G | 240 G | 280 G | 330 G
Special ShishamoKono-Mid-WFall and WinterFishing20 cm340 G | 460 G | 580 G | 690 G | 810 G
IcefishKono-HighSpring to FallFishing15 cm80 G | 110 G | 140 G | 160 G | 190 G
Large IcefishKono-Mid-SSpringMaster20 cm360 G | 480 G | 600 G | 720 G | 840 G
Sea BassKono-High
Kono-Mid-S
Spring to FallMaster90 cm370 G | 490 G | 620 G | 740 G | 860 G
Small Sea BassKono-Mid-SSpringFishing40 cm300 G | 400 G | 500 G | 600 G | 700 G
Large Sea BassKono-High
Kono-Mid-S
SummerMaster120 cm400 G | 540 G | 680 G | 810 G | 950 G
LoachBlue-High
Kono-Mid-W
Spring and SummerFishing25 cm260 G | 350 G | 440 G | 520 G | 610 G
Large LoachBlue-High
Kono-Mid-S
SummerMaster40 cm360 G | 480 G | 600 G | 720 G | 840 G
GobyAll LocationsAll YearBoth15 cm120 G | 160 G | 200 G | 240 G | 280 G
Fish NameLocationSeasonRodMax
Size
Ship Price
1 Star to 5 Stars
Large GobyKono-Mid-WWinterMaster20 cm360 G | 480 G | 600 G | 720 G | 840 G
FunaKono-HighSpring to FallFishing25 cm240 G | 320 G | 400 G | 480 G | 560 G
Large FunaKono-HighSpringMaster60 cm360 G | 480 G | 600 G | 720 G | 840 G
Black BassAll LocationsAll YearBoth50 cm120 G | 160 G | 200 G | 240 G | 280 G
Large Black BassBlue-HighWinterMaster80 cm240 G | 320 G | 400 G | 480 G | 560 G
BluegillAll LocationsAll YearBoth20 cm100 G | 140 G | 180 G | 210 G | 250 G
Large BluegillBlue-HighWinterMaster70 cm240 G | 320 G | 400 G | 480 G | 560 G
TroutBlue-High
Kono-High
Spring to FallFishing40 cm240 G | 320 G | 400 G | 480 G | 560 G
Large TroutBlue-High
Kono-High
Fall and WinterMaster70 cm310 G | 410 G | 520 G | 620 G | 720 G
Large KillifishBlue-HighFallMaster6 cm360 G | 480 G | 600 G | 720 G | 840 G
Masu SalmonKono-Mid-WSpring to FallFishing25 cm260 G | 350 G | 440 G | 520 G | 610 G
Large Masu SalmonKono-Mid-WFallMaster60 cm390 G | 520 G | 660 G | 790 G | 920 G
Blotch SnakeheadKono-HighSpring to FallFishing80 cm250 G | 330 G | 420 G | 500 G | 580 G
Small SnakeheadBlue-High
Kono-Mid-S
SummerFishing30 cm210 G | 280 G | 360 G | 430 G | 500 G
Large SnakeheadKono-Mid-S
Kono-Mid-W
SummerMaster120 cm360 G | 480 G | 600 G | 720 G | 840 G
SmeltBlue-High
Kono-High
Kono-Mid-S
WinterFishing15 cm140 G | 190 G | 240 G | 280 G | 330 G
Large SmeltKono-HighWinterMaster20 cm300 G | 400 G | 500 G | 600 G | 700 G
BonitoBlue-High
Kono-Mid-S
Kono-Mid-W
Summer
Stormy Weather
Master300 cm1200 G | 1600 G | 2000 G | 2400 G | 2600 G
TunaKono-HighSummer
Stormy Weather
Master300 cm1200 G | 1600 G | 2000 G | 2400 G | 2600 G
Ocean SunfishBlue-HighSummer
Stormy Weather
Master300 cm1800 G | 2400 G | 3000 G | 3600 G | 4200 G
Fish NameLocationSeasonRodMax
Size
Ship Price
1 Star to 5 Stars
Dogfish SharkKono-Mid-S
Kono-Mid-W
Summer
Stormy Weather
Master300 cm180 G | 240 G | 300 G | 360 G | 420 G
Moray EelKono-Mid-SWinter
Stormy Weather
Master60 cm840 G | 1120 G | 1400 G | 1680 G | 1960 G
MackerelBlue-HighWinter
Stormy Weather
Fishing50 cm840 G | 1120 G | 1400 G | 1680 G | 1960 G
FlounderKono-Mid-S
Kono-Mid-W
Winter
Stormy Weather
Master70 cm1200 G | 1600 G | 2000 G | 2400 G | 2600 G
King Fish
Giant HutchenBlue-High
Kono-High
WinterMaster200 cmCan't sell. Must have caught a Giant Salamandar, Dragon Carp, and Giant Catfish first.
Giant SalamandarKono-HighFallFishing185 cmCan't sell. Enter the Kono-High area after midnight.
Dragon CarpKono-Mid-WSpringFishing155 cmCan't sell. The weather must be sunny.
Giant CatfishBlue-High
Kono-Mid-S
SummerFishing170 cmCan't sell. The weather must be rainy.
Other Items
Fish FossilKono-High
Kono-Mid-S
SummerMaster (Kono-High)
Fishing (Kono-Mid-S)
---4000 G. The weather must be sunny.
Legendary TreasureBlue-High
Kono-Mid-W
FallFishing---2000 G. The weather must be rainy.
Green WonderfulKono-Mid-SSummerMaster---Can't sell. The weather must be rainy.
Purple WonderfulBlue-HighWinterMaster---Can't sell. The weather must be snowy.

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