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Catfish NH.png
Scientific name
Silurus asotus
(Amur catfish)
Siluridae (sheatfishes)
Months available May to October
Times available 4 pm to 9 am
Location River (Animal Crossing)
Lake (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
Pond (New Horizons)
Size 60 cm
Shadow size Medium
Rarity Common
Sell price 200 Bells (Doubutsu no Mori, Animal Crossing)
800 Bells (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf, New Horizons)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ナマズ
Korean 메기
Italian Pesce gatto
German Katzenwels

Simplified Chinese 鲶鱼
French Silure
Spanish Siluro
Dutch Meerval

Traditional Chinese 鯰魚
Quebec French Barbotte
Latin American Spanish Siluro
Russian Сом

The Catfish (ナマズ, Namazu) is the most common lake fish. Selling for 800 Bells, the Catfish is the second least expensive lake fish. It appears from May until October and from 4 PM to 9 AM.

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]


"I caught a catfish! I think I'll name it Whiskers..."

Times May - Oct: 4PM - 9PM
Location River
Shadow Size Unknown
Rarity Unknown
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 200 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Wild World[edit]


"I caught a catfish! Here, kitty kitty!"

Description They're nocturnal carnivores and cannibals. This, of course makes them hard to breed.
Times May - Oct: 4PM - 9AM
Peak Times Jun - Sep
Location River pool
Shadow Size Medium
Fish Size 60 cm
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 800 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]


"I caught a catfish! Who's meowing now?!"

Description These nocturnal carnivores are also cannibals, so they're hard to farm-raise.
Times May - Oct: 4PM - 9AM
Peak Times
Location River pool
Shadow Size Medium
Fish Size About 24 inches (50 cm)
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 800 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]


"I caught a catfish! Do you think it has 9 lives?"

Times May - Oct: 4 PM - 9 AM
Peak Times 9 PM - 4 AM
Location River pool
Shadow Size Large
Fish Size 60cm
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 800 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]



Event Availability Fishing Tourney: Schoolroom
Location Lost Lure Creek
Shadow Size Large
Fish Size 50.1 cm - 69.9 cm
Rarity ★★
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 400 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,500 Bells, 3 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie (20%), Bronze Treats (30%)

In New Horizons[edit]


"I caught a catfish! I'm more of a dogfish person..."

Time of Year North: May - Oct
South: Nov - Apr
Time of Day 4 PM - 9 AM
Location Pond
Shadow Size Large
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 800 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1200 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

Upon donation to the museum, Blathers will give a generic comment about common fish:

"Even run-of-the-mill, common fish are valuable resources, you see. All part of the grand tapestry, wot! We will take excellent care of this fellow, oh yes. You can rest assured. Excellent care, indeed."

In Wild World[edit]

"I've heard some claim that these fish taste a bit like eel, you know. If you want to sample it, <Player Name>, I'd recommend panfrying it. Indeed, I believe you could deep-fry a rock, and I'd enjoy it, wot!"

In City Folk[edit]

"Catfish are known the world over for their voracious appetites! They'll try to eat anything in one bite, up to and including things the of their bodies...or so I hear! The largest of these hungry fish can grow up to 40 inches in length... Imagine going down to the river and having one of those behemoths come at you! The horror!"

It can be found in the middle-left tank in the aquarium.

In New Leaf[edit]

Blathers does not make a small talk about the fish in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but there is an information board for the Catfish.

"Catfish are known for their long whiskers, wide bodies, and large mouths, but they don't have fur. Despite having large eyes, they have rather poor eyesight. They make up for this with sensory whiskers. Catfish have small horizontal and vertical lines in their bodies, almost like perforated lines. These holes are for detecting weak electric currents of other fish, making them adept hunters. Catfish are artful carnivores as they swim around lazily, but then strike quickly when prey is found."

In New Horizons[edit]

"Catfish don't have scales and are rather slimy. Believe it or not, this slime helps them breathe! Some species of catfish are nocturnal, and they'll feed on almost anything. They use a suctioning action to pull in their food. Did I mention they can grow as large as you or I..."

When donated, the catfish can be seen swimming around the large recessed tank in the freshwater section of the fish exhibit.


Real-world information[edit]

A real life Catfish

Catfish have one of the greatest range in size within a single order of bony fish. Many catfish have a maximum length of under 12 cm. Some of the smallest species of Aspredinidae and Trichomycteridae reach sexual maturity at only 1 centimeter (0.4 in). The Siluriformes are commonly caught in real life, usually in ponds or lakes. In some fiction, it plays a pun on the name 'Catfish' by making it have the head of a cat. In some parts of the world, catfish are eaten.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ナマズ
(Amur) catfish

Korean 메기
(Amur) catfish

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
鲶鱼 / 鯰魚

Russian Сом
Silurus catfish

Dutch Meerval Siluridae catfish

German Katzenwels Catfish

European Spanish Siluro Sheatfish/Wels catfish

European French Silure Catfish

Quebec French Barbotte Bullhead catfish

Italian Pesce gatto Catfish