Fishing Tourney

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The Fishing Tourney is a fish-catching event that occurs throughout the year in the Animal Crossing series. While the principle of the fishing tourney remains the same across the series, each incarnation has different variations.

Fishing Rod NH Inv Icon.png Fishing Tourney  
C.J. during a Fishing Tourney in New Horizons
Varies between games (see recurrence)
Time 9 AM – 6 PM
Host Chip[nb 1]
C.J.[nb 2]
Main appearances



In Animal Crossing[edit]

Summer Fishing Tourney[edit]

In Animal Crossing during June, Chip the beaver will host a fishing tournament every Sunday where players can win furniture for record-breaking fish. However, he only accepts types of bass that are caught in the river (Small Bass, Bass, and Large Bass). Chip will give players a prize for every bass they give him that beats the previous record for the day. Bass caught before the tourney can be given to Chip for prizes. If the player have the record at the end of the day, they will receive an additional gift in the mail. The player can talk to Tortimer at any time during the tourney by the Wishing Well to receive an Angler Trophy.

Fall Fishing Tourney[edit]

The Fishing Tourney reappears in November. It is identical to the Summer Fishing Tourney; however, Tortimer now gifts the player a Fishing Trophy.

In Wild World[edit]

During the Fishing Tourney in Animal Crossing: Wild World, players can take fish to Tortimer outside of the Town Hall. If it is the biggest fish caught that day, players get the prize of a random furniture item. A villager may later submit a larger fish, however, so players have to keep trying. If at 6 PM, players still have the largest fish caught, they win the Fish Trophy, which is mailed to them. If players do not have a fishing rod, they can talk to Tortimer for a free one.

In City Folk[edit]

In Animal Crossing: City Folk, there are two types of tourney, running from 9 AM to 6 PM, with different fish available in each. Chip returns to the front of the Town Hall with his tent full of coolers, and is standing eagerly for contestants to bring in fish to be measured, after which he eats the player's submission. Winning the tourneys will get players a Gold or Silver Trophy, dependent on which tourney they entered, that arrives by post the next morning. Additionally, players receive a piece of common furniture from Chip every time they beat a previous record.

During the tournaments held on the second Saturday of the month, any fish is accepted. The prize is the Gold Trophy.

During the tournaments held on the third Saturday of the month, only specific fish will be accepted in the competition. For each of those tourneys, the specific fish is chosen at random from a potential three each month. The prize is the Silver Trophy.

In New Leaf[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the Fishing Tourney is slightly different compared to the last games. The heights of the fish are automatically recorded as part of the new updates in the game. But as it was in Animal Crossing: City Folk, there are certain months where Chip will accept any fish, while some months he will ask the player to catch a specific type of fish.

Tournaments held[edit]

Month Tourney Type of Fish
January Specific fish Horse Mackerel
Pond Smelt
Sea Bass
February Any fish
March Specific fish Crucian Carp
Horse Mackerel
April Any fish
May Specific fish Carp
Black Bass
Sea Bass
October Any fish
November Specific fish Carp
Crucian Carp
Black Bass
December Any fish

Fish can be submitted to Chip from 9 AM to 6 PM. Upon submitting the fish to Chip, he will give the player a piece of furniture, wallpaper or flooring. He will give out ordinary furniture, wallpaper or flooring if the player submits a record breaking fish at or below the average size of the fish. However, if the size is above average, he will give the player a furniture, wallpaper or flooring from the Fish set at random. The items given from the Fish set are split into two groups; one group in which can only be obtained during months where Chip will accept any fish, while the other group is for when Chip will only accept a certain kind of fish by what he tells the players to catch.

There will be a plinth inside Chip's tent. When the winners are announced inside the tent, the winners will stand on the first, second and third stands on the plinth. During the winners are announcements, they will let off party poppers and Chip will give each person an award (i.e. a trophy) according to their position. The awards ceremony must take place before 9 PM or else it will be canceled, and trophies will instead be mailed.

One-type Fishing Tourney[edit]

One-Type Fishing Tourney Rewards in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Color(s) HHA Theme Style Size Info Customize
Flounder Table   - 600 Chip Green (x2) Toy Shop/Cute -   Table No
Jellyfish Lamp   - 625 Chip Aqua (x2) Toy Shop/Cute -   Light, wall furniture No
Octopus Chair   - 600 Chip Red (x2) Toy Shop/Cute -   Chair No
Puffer Fish TV   - 600 Chip Orange / White Toy Shop/Cute -   TV No
Red-Snapper Chair   - 600 Chip Red (x2) Toy Shop/Cute -   Chair No
Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Color HHA Theme Style Available From
Marine Pop Wall   - 410 - - - Chip

Any-type Fishing Tourney[edit]

Any-Type Fishing Tourney Rewards in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Color(s) HHA Theme Style Size Info Customize
Crab Clock   - 600 Chip Red (x2) Toy Shop/Cute -   Clock No
Dab Table   - 600 Chip Brown (x2) Toy Shop/Cute -   Table No
Football-Fish Lamp   - 600 Chip Blue (x2) Toy Shop/Cute -   Light No
Sea-Anemone Bed   - 600 Chip Red (x2) Toy Shop/Cute -   Bed No
Squid Chair   - 600 Chip White (x2) Toy Shop/Cute -   Chair No
Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Color HHA Theme Style Available From
Marine Pop Floor   - 410 - - - Chip

In New Horizons[edit]

A bulletin board announcement for a Fishing Tourney in New Horizons.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the Fishing Tourney is hosted by C.J. instead of Chip. Players are tasked with catching as many fish as possible within three minutes. The player can participate as many times as they choose until the event ends at 6:00 PM; however, every entry after the first costs 500 Bells. While the timer is active, a generic message is displayed whenever a fish is caught as opposed to the player's normal joke/pun, and the "Yes!" message that normally displays for a first-time catch will not be displayed either. Fishing Rods will not break during the tourney, but they still sustain damage, and will break after the timer is up if their durability runs out during a round.

Fish the player catches are sent to a cooler in the plaza rather than their pockets. After scoring, the player can sell the cooler's contents to C.J. for 1.5 times the sell price at Nook's Cranny, and they are required to do so before they may participate again or swap their points for items. To keep any caught fish, the player must select fish from the cooler before bulk-selling.

During the event, villagers are seen fishing along rivers or near ponds on the island, and will usually wear an athletic jacket with a matching hat.


Players receive points based on the number of fish caught, regardless of their rarity.

  • 1 point per fish
  • 2 bonus points if three or more fish were caught


There are additional benefits for participating in the Fishing Tourney on local or Internet multiplayer. In a multiplayer tournament, the 500 bell entry fee is waived for all participants. In addition, there is a cooperative bonus: if 5 or more fish are caught between the players, all players will earn 10 bonus points each (regardless of the number of fish caught individually).

To begin a tournament, only one player needs to ask C.J. to start the timer. The timer will begin for everyone without prior warning, meaning that other players can move nearer to a body of water ahead of time. A tournament can also only be started after everyone has cleared their coolers (whether by selling to C.J. or manually removing fish from it).

Players can join or leave the island during the tournament, but the timer will not pause. If connection is lost and/or the island state is reset, it is possible for everyone to lose fishing progress.


After obtaining 10 or more points, players can exchange their points for "fish swag." The 13 possible items are distributed in a random order, after which the player will start receiving duplicate items. In addition, if the player obtains 100, 200, or 300 points, C.J. will mail them a corresponding trophy (bronze, silver, or gold). This total is cumulative; points that have been traded in for swag still contribute to the total, and points from previous tourneys are also counted.

Although the tourney ends at 6:00 PM, C.J. will remain in the plaza until 8:00 PM, so points can still be exchanged for rewards and fish can be sold until he leaves. After he has left, the cooler remains in the plaza for the rest of the night, in case the player still needs to retrieve their fish from there.

Fishing Tourney items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Item Image Type Buy Price Sell Price Available From
Anchor Statue   Furniture Not for sale   1400 Bells   Fishing Tourney
Bronze Fish Trophy   Furniture Not for sale   400 Bells   Fishing Tourney
Fish Doorplate   Furniture Not for sale   90 Bells   Fishing Tourney
Fish Print   Furniture Not for sale   700 Bells   Fishing Tourney
Fish-Drying Rack   Furniture Not for sale   750 Bells   Fishing Tourney
Fishing-Rod Stand   Furniture Not for sale   300 Bells   Fishing Tourney
Fresh Cooler   Furniture Not for sale   450 Bells   Fishing Tourney
Gold Fish Trophy   Furniture Not for sale   450 Bells   Fishing Tourney
Silver Fish Trophy   Furniture Not for sale   425 Bells   Fishing Tourney
Fish Pochette   Clothing Not for sale   210 Bells   Fishing Tourney
Fish Umbrella   Clothing Not for sale   80 Bells   Fishing Tourney
Fish-Print Tee   Clothing Not for sale   160 Bells   Fishing Tourney
Tackle Bag   Clothing Not for sale   175 Bells   Fishing Tourney
Fish Rug   Interior Not for sale   375 Bells   Fishing Tourney
Marine Pop Wall   Interior Not for sale   805 Bells   Fishing Tourney
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In amiibo Festival[edit]

During the Fishing Tourney in Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, Chip will visit and all spaces will turn into Fishing Rod Spaces. After every turn is over, an awards ceremony will occur. Happy Points will be given out depending on the place that the player ranked.

In Pocket Camp[edit]

In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the Fishing Tourney occurs in Saltwater Shores or Lost Lure Creek (depends on event) and is also different from other games. Players can catch only specific species of fish with the sparkling shadow for the tourney, and they should give them to Chip so he can measure the size of each fish. Balloons might appear along with Chip's face on some. Players can rent a golden fishing rod for 80 Leaf Tickets, giving them guarantee chances of catching two fish at once. Also, the player can use a tourney throw net to catch several fish at once.

On occasion, Fishing Tourneys are hosted by characters other than Chip. Candied Catches and Pumpkins were hosted by Jack, Island Excursion was hosted by Tom Nook, Fun Bunny Day Land was hosted by Zipper T. Bunny, and Fintastic and Do, Re, Mi were hosted by C.J..

Event name Set Event fish Dates
1st Fishing Tourney Underwater World Set  
Clown Fish
Barred Knifejaw
March 15, 2018 – March 20, 2018
Fishing Tourney #2 Underwater World Set  
Puffer Fish
Sea Butterfly
Zebra Moray
May 19, 2018 – May 24, 2018
Fishing Tourney #3 Underwater World Set  
June 29, 2018 – July 4, 2018
Fishing Tourney #4 Underwater World Set  
Achilles Surgeonfish
Spotted Knifejaw
Black Clown Fish
July 25, 2018 – July 30, 2018
Fishing Tourney #5 Vibrant Set  
Golden Koi
August 14, 2018 – August 19, 2018
Fishing Tourney #6: Splatoon 2 Splatoon 2 Set  
Green Squid
Pink Squid
Purple Octopus
September 19, 2018 – September 26, 2018
Candied Catches Halloween Set  
Orange Candy Fish
Melon Candy Fish
Grape Candy Fish
October 23, 2018 – October 29, 2018
Fishing Tourney #8 First Anniversary Set  
Gold Horse Mackerel
Gold Olive Flounder
Gold Football Fish
Gold Tuna
November 21, 2018 – November 27, 2018
Fishing Tourney #9 Snow Festival Set  
Sweet Shrimp
Horsehair Crab
December 19, 2018 – December 26, 2018
Fishing Tourney #10 Ice Fishing Set  
Pond Smelt
January 22, 2019 – January 29, 2019
Fishing Tourney #11: Pink Crystal Crystal Collection (Pink) Set  
Horseshoe Crab
Chambered Nautilus
February 18, 2019 – February 25, 2019
Fishing Tourney #12: Super Mario Super Mario (Part 2) Set  
Cheep Cheep
Eep Cheep
Cheep Chomp
March 14, 2019 – March 21, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Schoolroom Schoolroom Set  
Pink Koi
April 24, 2019 – April 29, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Monochromatic Cat Monochromatic Cat Set  
Atlantic Mackerel
Pacific Saury
Sea Bass
May 24, 2019 – May 29, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Aquarium Electric Aquarium Set  
Blue Moon Jellyfish
Green Moon Jellyfish
Yellow Moon Jellyfish
June 19, 2019 – 24, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Poolside Poolside Set  
Saw Shark
Hammerhead Shark
July 23, 2019 – July 29, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Fireworks Fireworks Set  
Pop-Eyed Goldfish
August 13, 2019 - August 19, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Dance Sidewalk Showstopper Set  
Black Clown Fish
Black Horsehair Crab
Giant Isopod
September 11, 2019 – September 17, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Pumpkins Personal Pumpkins Set  
Orange Bonefish
Green Bonefish
Purple Bonefish
October 10, 2019 – October 17, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Blue Jazz Blue Jazz Set  
Platinum Pale Chub
Platinum Black Bass
Platinum Catfish
Platinum Gar
November 13, 2019 – November 19, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Starry Suite Starry Lights Set  
White Starfish
Yellow Starfish
Blue Starfish
December 12, 2019 – December 18, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Knitted Knitted (Event) Set  
Green Discus
Orange Discus
Ivory Arowana
January 14, 2020 – January 19, 2020
Fishing Tourney: Honeycomb Home Honeycomb Home Set  
Honey Eel
Honey Sea Horse
Honey Sea Slug
February 12, 2020 – February 17, 2020
Fishing Tourney: Island Excursion Island Excursion Invite Set  
Island Horse Mackerel
Island Red Snapper
Island Olive Flounder
Island Tuna
March 12, 2020 – March 19, 2020
Fishing Tourney: Fun Bunny Day Land Bunny Day Bash Set  
Yellow Eggler Fish
Aqua Eggler Fish
Pink Eggler Fish
April 12, 2020 – April 19, 2020
Fishing Tourney: Terrarium Fishing Tourney (Terrarium) Set  
Crystal Red Shrimp
May 13, 2020 – May 20, 2020
Fishing Tourney: Joyful Ceremony Joyful Ceremony Set  
White Tuxedo Guppy
White Angelfish
White Butterfly Koi
June 13, 2020 – June 20, 2020
Fishing Tourney: Pirate Life Pirate Life Set  
Bering Wolffish
Great Barracuda
Smalltooth Sand Tiger
July 12, 2020 – July 20, 2020
Fishing Tourney: Elegant Aquarium Elegant Aquarium Set  
Red Wakin Goldfish
Black Wakin Goldfish
Ranchu Goldfish
August 12, 2020 – August 20, 2020
Fishing Tourney: Gallery Forest Painting Set  
Bicolor Dottyback
Flame Angelfish
Yellow Boxfish
September 12, 2020 – September 19, 2020
Fishing Tourney: Potions Potion Commotion Set  
Red Flagonfish
Yellow Flagonfish
Blue Flagonfish
October 11, 2020 – October 19, 2020
Fishing Tourney: Fintastic C.J.'s Fintastic Friends Set  
Umbrella Octopus
November 12, 2020 – November 19, 2020
Fishing Tourney: Do, Re, Mi Toy Day Solfège Bells Set  
Green Lumpfish
Red Lumpfish
White Lumpfish
December 13, 2020 – December 19, 2020


Game Recurrence This year Next year
2021 2022
Doubutsu no Mori
Animal Crossing
Doubutsu no Mori e+
  • First, second, third and fourth Sunday in June
  • First, second, third and fourth Sunday in November
Jun 6, Jun 13
Jun 20, Jun 27

Nov 7, Nov 14
Nov 21, Nov 28

Jun 5, Jun 12
Jun 19, Jun 26

Nov 6, Nov 13
Nov 20, Nov 27

Wild World Jan 16, Feb 28
Mar 21, Apr 25
May 16, Oct 24
Nov 21, Dec 19
Jan 15, Feb 27
Mar 20, Apr 24
May 15, Oct 23
Nov 20, Dec 18
City Folk Jan 16, Feb 13
Mar 20, Apr 10
May 15, Oct 9
Nov 20, Dec 11
Jan 15, Feb 12
Mar 19, Apr 9
May 21, Oct 8
Nov 19, Dec 10
New Leaf Jan 16, Feb 13
Mar 20, Apr 10
May 15, Oct 9
Nov 20, Dec 11
Jan 15, Feb 12
Mar 19, Apr 9
May 21, Oct 8
Nov 19, Dec 10
New Horizons Jan 9, Apr 10
Jul 10, Oct 9
Jan 8, Apr 9
Jul 9, Oct 8


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Names in other languages[edit]

Tsuri taikai
Fishing competition

Fishing competition

季钓鱼大赛 / 季釣魚大會
Jì diàoyú dàsài
Seasonal fishing competition

  Турнир «Мастер удочки»
Turnir «Master udochki»
"Master of the fishing rod" tourney

  Vistoernooi Fishing tourney

  Angelturnier Fishing tourney

  Torneo de Pesca Fishing Tourney

  Tournoi de pêche Fishing tourney

  Torneo di pesca Fishing tourney


  1. From Doubutsu no Mori to Pocket Camp
  2. In New Horizons only