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What to catch before April in Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Northern Hemisphere

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is about to see a change in its wildlife as March draws to a close. Like previous Animal Crossing games, the fish and bugs that spawn depend not only on the time of day, but also on the month. This article will be going over the Northern Hemisphere spawns. Here are all the fish and bugs you need to catch before they disappear at the end of March in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!

First, lets take a look at the river fish. Only two are leaving in April: the Bitterling and Yellow Perch. Luckily, these fish are common and easy to catch, so it should be a breeze. Bitterlings have the smallest shadow and are easily recognizable. As for the Yellow Perch, it is a size 3 fish. So you should have no problem finding it.

bitterling shadow March Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The sea fish that are disappearing are the Sea Butterfly and Football Fish. Both of these are common as well. To catch the Sea Butterfly, just look for the smallest fish shadows in the ocean. As for the Football Fish, they can only be found in the ocean after 4 PM. So do not worry if you cannot find one earlier in the day. After 4 PM they become very common spawns. Football Fish are a size 4, so you do not need to look for the biggest fish shadows.

The last two fish leaving us are the Sturgeon and Stringfish. These fish have unique spawning conditions, and both are extremely rare. The Stringfish will only spawn on clifftop rivers after 4 PM, so you need to have a ladder to obtain them. Stringfish have fairly large shadows since they are a size 5 fish, allowing you to scare away the smaller fish safely in hopes of force-spawning a Stringfish.

stringfish March Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Now, the Sturgeon will only spawn where the river meets the sea. It can also spawn at any time during the day, so you do not have to worry about time restrictions. Sometimes they can be found in the sea directly next to the river’s mouth.

While they are rare, it is easy to distinguish them because they are the largest size of fish, at size 6. This is the only river fish that is a size 6 in March. So if you see the shadow of a size 6 fish, you can safely assume it is a Sturgeon.


Since these fish are so rare, it is difficult to catch them. Even if you do manage to find one, there is a chance you can fail the catch by reeling in too early. But I have some tips for you to make catching these fish a breeze. First, you can use fish bait in their spawn locations. Since they have unique spawning conditions, fish bait is a good way to force one to spawn. However, this can take many tries and you are not guaranteed to get the fish you want.

The second and far better method to catch these fish is by using Nook Miles tickets. These tickets allow you to visit randomized islands, and there are islands out there that have a higher chance of spawning rare river fish. Trying to get the correct island is a matter of luck, but if you do get the correct island it will be a great day for you!

nook miles ticket

Before embarking on your island journey, it is important to check the time. The time on islands works differently than everywhere else. When you go to an island, the time you went there is locked in. For example, if you go there at 1 PM, then you will only encounter fish and bugs that spawn at 1 PM, no matter what the actual time is.

The rare river fish island has two variations, the first one having a waterfall and a single river going into the ocean. The second variation has the same waterfall and river layout, but it also has a pond to the left of the river. Fish have a much higher spawn rate here, so this is where you should go to stock up.

rare river fish island

If you are searching for Sturgeon, scare away all fish in the river and pond. Then go to where the river meets the ocean and look out for the size 6 fish. I can tell you they spawn frequently, as long as you scare away the common fish. Once I even had two Sturgeons spawn at the same time! You can easily get an entire inventory full of Sturgeon, which is a good idea since each fish sells for 10,000 bells.

The Stringfish can also spawn on this island, because it does have a clifftop river. Make sure you go there anytime after 4 PM if you want it to spawn. If you ever see medium-sized fish shadows up there, you should try your luck. Otherwise, just scare any fish that spawn up there as well.

so many sturgeon

Unfortunately the Stringfish shares a spawn with all other river fish, so you cannot farm them as easily as the Sturgeon. Still these fish sell for a whopping 15,000 bells each, making rare river fish island a great money farming spot!

As for the bugs, the only one disappearing is the Emperor Butterfly. This is a nocturnal butterfly that only spawns between 5 PM and 8 AM. Emperor Butterflies are in fact quite a common spawn if you have plenty of flowers on your island. So there should be no concerns with catching this beauty.

emperor butterfly March Animal Crossing: New Horizons

There you have it, all the Northern Hemisphere fish and bugs disappearing at the end of March for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Good luck catching them for your museum!

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