Fishing is going to be an important thing to learn how to do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as there are a few objectives in your first few days on the island that require skill. This involves crafting, finding the fish and then actually catching them. This is a guide for how to fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Fishing is a good way to rack up some Nook Miles early on in the game, as well as opening up other features in the game like donating to Tom Nook for research purposes and getting Blathers to come to the island.
The first thing we need to do is craft a rod. Once you’ve set up your tent have a chat with Tom Nook and he’ll give you a free DIY tutorial and teach you how to construct a flimsy fishing rod out of basic materials. You’ll need wooden sticks to do this, and you can find them lying on the floor or by shaking trees. Once you’ve got what you need, craft the rod from the DIY workbench.
Once you’ve got a fishing rod you’ll want to find a fish. They are in the ponds, rivers and also the sea. Wander around the island and see if you can find one. You’ll see the shadows in the water.
You want to aim the fishing rod so the lure lands roughly in front of the fish. It doesn’t have to be super close, but roughly in front of the fish should be good enough. The fish will nibble at the lure maybe one or two times, and then you’ll hear a plop sound when the lure goes underwater. This is the time to reel it in, by hitting A. If you get the timing right, the fish will spin round the lure and you’ll reel them in. Don’t hit the A button too early, otherwise, the fish will get scared and swim away.
There’s lots of fish to catch including carp, seabass and roaches. As well as fish there are other items which you can catch including old boots and tyres. These can be saved for later as DIY recipes and you can use them for items on the island. For example, I picked up an old tyre and made a Tyre Toy, which I then put outside my tent.
Let me know down in the comments how you’re getting on with fishing? What type of fish have you caught, and have you found anything unusual?