Pond Smelt

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"I caught a pond smelt! Whew! And I thought the POND smelt bad!" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught a pond smelt! What does the pond smell like?" —Wild World
"I caught a pond smelt! Whew! This guy's ripe!" —City Folk
"I caught a pond smelt! It could sure use a bath!" —New Leaf

The Pond Smelt (ワカサギ, Wakasagi), is a relatively common winter fish found in the river (Lake in Animal Crossing: Wild World) at any time of the day between December and February. It cannot be found in holding ponds, despite its name and the characteristics it has in real life.

Pond Smelt
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Scientific name Hypomesus nipponensis
(Japanese pond smelt)
Family Osmeridae (smelts)
Time of year December to February
Time of day All day
Location Lake (Wild World)
River (other games)
Size 20 cm
Shadow size Small
Rarity Very common
Selling price 300 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances


Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


"I caught a pond smelt! It could sure use a bath!"

Times December - February: All Day
Peak Times -
Location River
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size 15cm
Selling Price   300 Bells
Tank Size  

In Pocket Camp[edit]



Event Availability Fishing Tourney #10
Location Lost Lure Creek
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size 12.5 cm - 17.5 cm
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price   100 Bells
Request Reward   100 Bells, 2   Friendship Points

In New Horizons[edit]



Time of Year North: Dec – Feb
South: Jun – Aug
Time of Day All day
Location River
Shadow Size Small
Selling Prices   Nook's Cranny  400 Bells
  C.J.  600 Bells
Tank Size  

Donating to the museum[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"Even run-of-the-mill, common fish are valuable resources, you see. All part of the grand tapestry, wot!"

In City Folk[edit]

Blathers will give his usual short speech on the player's donation. His words are as follows:

"Pond smelt are a popular catch during winter ice-hole fishing, eh wot? It's a simple sport, really. You open a hole in the ice, drop your line in...and then wait for a nibbly-nibbly! Not that I've tried. I find cold weather rather unappealing, so ice fishing is hardly a possibility..."

Upon donating it to the Museum, it can be found in the middle/right tank in the Aquarium.

In New Leaf[edit]

An information board in the aquarium will display this description of the pond smelt after donation:

"Pond smelt are small but vigorous fish that can survive in water of relatively poor quality. Pond smelt are related to salmon and as such have a lot of the same migratory tendencies. Most of them swim from rivers to the ocean and then return to rivers and lakes. However, some of them actually live in lakes that have no connection to the ocean, so they don't migrate. They have small fins and are perfect for eating whole as tempura or grilled on barbecues."

Fishing Tourney[edit]

New Leaf[edit]

Chip will say this when given a pond smelt:

"Ya know, with pond smelt, deep frying 'em is tasty. But grilling 'em up right is pretty good too! Not that I mind having this guy raw. Nope, not me! Happy to!"

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

  ''They made ice fishing famous!"
  • Size- 15 cm
  • Habitat- Rivers
  • Season- Winter

City Folk[edit]

  ''Known as ice-fishing targets, these can survive in freshwater and salt water."
  • Size- About 15 cm
  • Habitat- River
  • Season- Winter

Further information[edit]

The pond smelt is a type of harmless commercially-caught fish found in middle to surface waters in lakes, rivers, and ponds. It can be found across the world in the Arctic, Northwest to Northeast of the Pacific, Canada, Alaska, Korea, and Japan. They feed off plankton, small insects, and algae. Adults can be found spawning in in-shore areas between spring and summer.

Names in other languages[edit]