In Animal Crossing, fishing is one of the quickest ways to gain bells, alongside bug collecting. With bells, you can make your island upgrades and purchase any in-game items. However, not all types of fish in Animal Crossing are valuable, some of them are not worth catching.
Well, the main rule of getting the most valuable fish in Animal Crossing is to look for the rare fish. They generally have the highest selling price, as they can only be caught at a specific time and location. Your focus here is to catch the fish with the highest price of 15,000 bells.
You can also try to find the price of fish with prices below, but not less than 5,000 if you want to get expensive fish. Most of the expensive fish are seasonal and can be found in a short time throughout the year. So, what are the kinds of fish which can give you lots of bells?
For 15,000 Bells
Fish listed below will give you 15,000 bells if you sell it at Nook’s Cranny. Make sure to look for this kind of fish first, before other fish with prices below. Here are they:
This fish is known as the rarest fish where they will only spawn when rain falls. When it is raining, they can spawn at any time of day. In order to catch this fish, you only need to wait around until it’s raining and hope for the best, as it’s impossible to determine when the rain will come into the game.
- Golden Trout
The second rarest fish is Golden Trout where you can find them between March to May (for Northern) and September to November (for Southern), at 4 p.m and 9 a.m. They can be found at the source of the river at the highest elevation, as the hardest place on your island to reach. Additionally, you will need a ladder and a few fish baits to catch this fish.
- Great White Shark
The Great White Shark is the rarest of the shark family which can be found in the sea from 9 p.m to 4 a.m from July to September. Certainly, it may be hard to find this fish, unless you’re lucky. You can earn 15,000 bells when sold at Nook’s Cranny, but you will get around 22,500 bells if you sell it to CJ.
Barreleye likely unassuming because its small size and pretty typical in terms of appearance. However, you may be surprised when you know that this fish brings 15,000 bells when sold at Nook’s Cranny. They will spawn all year around in the ocean between 9 p.m and 4 a.m.
Stringfish is also one of the most expensive fish that you can find in a river. They will spawn in the river at the Clifftop from 4.pm to 9 a.m each day. The Stringfish will be available from December through March in the Northern and from June through September in the southern. If you sell it to CJ, you will receive 22,500.
For 13,000 Bells
- Whale Shark
There’s only one fish which offers 13,000 bells, that’s Whale Shark. They can only be caught from the sea any time of the day or night. You will recognize this fish by its huge shadow with a very apparent dorsal fin. They will appear from June through September in the Northern hemisphere and from December through March in the southern hemisphere. It will grant you for 13,000 bells if sold in Nook’s Cranny and you will gain 19,500 bells when sold to CJ.
For 12,000 Bells
- Saw Shark
There’s only one fish which offers 12,000 bells, that’s Saw Shark. This is the last of the most valuable sharks in Animal Crossing. You can find it in the sea during summer evenings from 4 p.m to 9 a.m. They will spawn from June through September in the Northern and from December through March in the Southern. You can get 18,000 bells if you sell it to CJ.
For 10,000 Bells
They are available in the river which is active from 4 p.m to 9 a.m during summer. The shadow of this fish is medium or large in size. You can catch this fish from June through September in the Northern and from December through March in the Southern. When you sell it to CJ, you can receive 15,000 bells.
Just like Arowana, the Arapaima is also available in the river during summer. They will spawn from 4 p.m until 9 a.m. You can find this fish from June through September in the Northern and from December through March in the Southern.
You will find this rare and large fish in the sea from 4 a.m to 9 p.m. They will only be available two months out of the whole year. They can be caught from July through August in the Northern and from January through February in the Southern. If you sell it to CJ, it will give you 15,000 bells.
- Blue Marlin
Blue Marlin is one of the few fish which will spawn at the pier. They will spawn all day between November to April in the Northern and July to September in the Southern. When you pass by the pier and have a quick glance, it’s highly recommended for you to catch this fish with some fish pin bait to encourage it out.
Sturgeon can only be found in the mouth of the river. This is fairly rare, though it can spawn any time of day. If you want to sell them, you can catch them from September through March in the Northern and from March through September in the Southern. If you successfully catch them, you can sell them at Nook’s Cranny for 10,000 bells. Meanwhile, if you sell them to CJ, you can receive 15,000 bells.
Okay, that’s a list of the most expensive fish in Animal Crossing which offers you more bells. We only show you the fish at range price from 10,000 to 15,000 as the most expensive fish in Animal Crossing New Horizons.
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