How to catch a Stringfish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Catch that long boy.

Stringfish are leaving Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ river after March ends, so get your fishing done now.

Stringfish are a valuable catch in the world of Animal Crossing. Blathers will be absolutely delighted .

How to catch a stringfish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

It’s tough to get yourself a stringfish. You’ll need to get the time of day right, and the location is usually irritatingly far from any clams for bait crafting.

You can find stringfish in the clifftop part of your river. Check out the image below for an example of what that looks like. This’ll require a ladder to reach. You can only find the stringfish in the months of January, February, and March between 4pm and 9am. It’s a bit of a night owl.

You won’t only have Stringfish in this part of the river – fish who spawn in the river normally, like those pesky bittermouths, will still show up. Keep an eye out for a fish shadow slightly smaller than the largest one there is. Remember the last time you caught a sea bass? That size.

We’ve found these fish to be more stubborn with biting as well. You’ll have to cast your line very close to the fish’s mouth to get its attention, so do that and be quick on the ol’ reaction.

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How to get a stringfish to appear

Crafting fish bait is the best way to make more stringfish appear.

Manila clams can be found on the beach by digging with a shovel where small spouts of water pour up from the sand. Each one of these can be made into fish bait at a crafting bench. Use the fish bait from your pocket to spawn a fish much more quickly – it’s a bit of a pain but worth it if you really want that stringfish!

The little Nookling boys will give you 15,000 bells for it too, so if you catch extra ones you’ll make absolute bank.

Well done on catching a stringfish! There’s more rare fish available too though – check out our guides on how to catch a sturgeon and how to catch tuna and blue marlin for more information! We’ve also got tips on spectral encounters with the Wisp – don’t be scared, it’s super friendly.

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