Like the previous games, the bugs and fish available to catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons change depending on the time of year, some of them disappearing for months at a time before becoming available again
With this in mind, players who are looking to complete their museum collection my want to take note of the following bugs and fish which will be rotating out after March is over. This list of bugs and fish is different depending on whether your island is set to Northern Hemisphere or Southern Hemisphere, so be sure to look at the correct list.
Fish name Time of day Location Returns in Bitterling All day and night Rivers Nov Yellow Perch All day and night Rivers Oct Stringfish 4pm – 9am Clifftop river (highest water on your island) Dec Sturgeon All day and night River mouth Sep Sea Butterfly All day and night Sea Dec Football Fish 4pm – 9am Sea Nov
Bug name Time of day Location Returns in Emperor Butterfly 5pm – 8am Air June
Fish name Time of day Location Returns in Crawfish All day and night Ponds Oct Soft-shelled Turtle 4pm – 9am Rivers Feb 2021 Sweetfish All day and night Rivers Jan 2021 Salmon All day and night River mouth Mar 2021 King Salmon All day and night River mouth Mar 2021 Nibble Fish 9am – 4pm Rivers Nov Piranha 9am – 4pm, 9pm – 4am Rivers Dec Arowana 4pm – 9am Rivers Dec Dorado 4am – 9pm Rivers Dec Arapaima 4pm – 9am Rivers Dec Saddled Bichir 9pm – 4am Rivers Dec Clown Fish All day and night Sea Oct Surgeonfish All day and night Sea Oct Butterfly Fish All day and night Sea Oct Puffer Fish All day and night Sea Jan 2021 Ocean Sunfish 4am – 9pm Sea Jan 2021 Saw Shark 4pm – 9am Sea Dec Hammerhead Shark 4pm – 9am Sea Dec Great White Shark 4pm – 9am Sea Dec Whale Shark All day and night Sea Dec Suckerfish All day and night Sea Dec
Bug name Time of day Location Returns in Tiger Butterfly 4am – 7pm Air Sep Great Purple Emperor 4am – 7pm Air Dec Agrias Butterfly 8am – 5pm Air Nov Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing 8am – 4pm Air Nov Atlas Moth 7pm – 4am Air Oct Madagascan Sunset Moth 8am – 4pm Air Oct Grasshopper 8am – 5pm Ground Jan 2021 Walker Cicada 8am – 5pm On trees Feb 2021 Pondskater 8am – 7pm On ponds Nov Diving Beetle 8am – 7pm On ponds and rivers Nov Giant Water Bug 8am – 7pm On ponds and rivers Oct Stinkbug All day and night Flowers Sep Rosalia Batesi Beetle All day and night Tree stumps Nov Earth-boring Dung Beetle All day and night Ground Jan 2021 Goliath Beetle 5pm – 8am On trees Dec Rainbow Stag 7pm – 8am On trees Dec Walking Leaf All day and night Around trees (camouflaged as a furniture leaf) Jan 2021 Mosquito 5pm – 4am Air Dec
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