Fishing Tourney

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Fishing Tourney
NHFishingTourney.jpg
Occurrence
Varies between games (see recurrence)
Time 9:00 am — 6:00 pm
Host Chip[nb 1]
C.J.[nb 2]
Main appearances


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.

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 players have the record at the end of the day, they will receive an additional gift in the mail. Players can talk to Tortimer at any time during the tourney by the Wishing Well to receive the Angler Trophy.

Fall Fishing Tourney[edit]

The Fishing Tourney reappears in November. It is identical to the Summer Fishing Tourney.

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 P.M., 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 A.M. to 6 P.M., 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
Loach
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 A.M. to 6 P.M. 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 P.M. 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 Flounder Table HHD Icon.png - 600 Chip Green (x2) Toy Shop/Cute - 2.0 x 2.0 Table No
Jellyfish Lamp Jellyfish Lamp HHD Icon.png - 625 Chip Aqua (x2) Toy Shop/Cute - 1.0 x 1.0 Light, wall furniture No
Octopus Chair Octopus Chair HHD Icon.png - 600 Chip Red (x2) Toy Shop/Cute - 1.0 x 1.0 Chair No
Puffer Fish TV Puffer Fish TV HHD Icon.png - 600 Chip Orange / White Toy Shop/Cute - 1.0 x 1.0 TV No
Red-Snapper Chair Red-Snapper Chair HHD Icon.png - 600 Chip Red (x2) Toy Shop/Cute - 2.0 x 1.0 Chair No
Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Color HHA Theme Style Available From
Marine Pop Wall SpringLeaf.png - 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 Crab Clock HHD Icon.png - 600 Chip Red (x2) Toy Shop/Cute - 1.0 x 1.0 Clock No
Dab Table Dab Table HHD Icon.png - 600 Chip Brown (x2) Toy Shop/Cute - 2.0 x 2.0 Table No
Football-Fish Lamp Football-Fish Lamp HHD Icon.png - 600 Chip Blue (x2) Toy Shop/Cute - 1.0 x 1.0 Light No
Sea-Anemone Bed Sea-Anemone Bed HHD Icon.png - 600 Chip Red (x2) Toy Shop/Cute - 2.0 x 1.0 Bed No
Squid Chair Squid Chair HHD Icon.png - 600 Chip White (x2) Toy Shop/Cute - 1.0 x 1.0 Chair No
Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Color HHA Theme Style Available From
Marine Pop Floor SpringLeaf.png - 410 - - - Chip


In New Horizons[edit]

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 on the island, and will wear either a red or blue athletic jacket with a matching hat.

Scoring[edit]

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

Multiplayer[edit]

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.

Rewards[edit]

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 furniture in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From HHA Theme(s) Info Customizable Size
Anchor Statue Anchor Statue Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1400 Bells Fishing Rod NH Inv Icon.png Fishing Tourney
Ocean - Yes imgsize=30x30px
Bronze Fish Trophy Bronze Fish Trophy Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 400 Bells Fishing Rod NH Inv Icon.png Fishing Tourney
Expensive - No imgsize=30x30px
Fish Doorplate Fish Doorplate Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 90 Bells Fishing Rod NH Inv Icon.png Fishing Tourney
Child's Room / Fancy - Yes imgsize=30x30px
Fish Print Fish Print Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 700 Bells Fishing Rod NH Inv Icon.png Fishing Tourney
Ocean / Living Room - Yes imgsize=30x30px
Fish-Drying Rack Fish-Drying Rack Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 750 Bells Fishing Rod NH Inv Icon.png Fishing Tourney
Ocean / Garden - Yes imgsize=30x30px
Fishing-Rod Stand Fishing-Rod Stand Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells Fishing Rod NH Inv Icon.png Fishing Tourney
Ocean / Living Room - Yes imgsize=30x30px
Fresh Cooler Fresh Cooler Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 450 Bells Fishing Rod NH Inv Icon.png Fishing Tourney
Ocean / Shop - No imgsize=30x30px
Gold Fish Trophy Gold Fish Trophy Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 450 Bells Fishing Rod NH Inv Icon.png Fishing Tourney
Expensive - No imgsize=30x30px
Silver Fish Trophy Silver Fish Trophy Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 425 Bells Fishing Rod NH Inv Icon.png Fishing Tourney
Expensive - No imgsize=30x30px

Clothing[edit]

Fishing Tourney clothing in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Style Label Theme(s)
Fish Pochette Fish Pochette Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 210 Bells Fishing Rod NH Inv Icon.png Fishing Tourney
Cute Formal / Party
Fish Umbrella Fish Umbrella Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 80 Bells Fishing Rod NH Inv Icon.png Fishing Tourney
Fish-Print Tee Fish-Print Tee Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 160 Bells Fishing Rod NH Inv Icon.png Fishing Tourney
Simple Everyday / Comfy
Tackle Bag Tackle Bag Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 175 Bells Fishing Rod NH Inv Icon.png Fishing Tourney
Active Outdoorsy / Sporty / Work
Includes data sourced from this Item Spreadsheet, compiled by 6480, noizhub, Ricky, chaiinchomp, saberslime, robotic_scarab, mollumisc, sunmarsh, kyrokey, obstinateRixatrix, jackiwi, Zalex, SuperHamster, kait, hyuum, Azarro, Czarcasm, cinnamon_swirlix, astronomyfortwo, Welcius, glowtopia, BriKun, Alyrei, dodocodes.com, StevieCoops, sneeze, Shiny190, TwistedPeach, LavaToaster, capstone, vmario, rocklamp, and Alexis.

Interior[edit]

Fishing Tourney interior in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Colors HHA Theme(s)
Fish Rug Fish Rug Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 375 Bells Fishing Rod NH Inv Icon.png Fishing Tourney
Aqua
Aqua
Ocean / Child's Room
Marine Pop Wall Marine Pop Wall Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 805 Bells Fishing Rod NH Inv Icon.png Fishing Tourney
Aqua
Blue
Ocean / Child's Room
Includes data sourced from this Item Spreadsheet, compiled by 6480, noizhub, Ricky, chaiinchomp, saberslime, robotic_scarab, mollumisc, sunmarsh, kyrokey, obstinateRixatrix, jackiwi, Zalex, SuperHamster, kait, hyuum, Azarro, Czarcasm, cinnamon_swirlix, astronomyfortwo, Welcius, glowtopia, BriKun, Alyrei, dodocodes.com, StevieCoops, sneeze, Shiny190, TwistedPeach, LavaToaster, capstone, vmario, rocklamp, and Alexis.

Tools[edit]

Fishing Tourney tools in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Durability Customizable
Fish Wand Fish Wand Not for sale 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1500 Bells Fishing Rod NH Inv Icon.png Fishing Tourney
Unlimited No


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.

Fishing Tourney: Candied Catches and Fishing Tourney: Pumpkins were hosted by Jack. Fishing Tourney: Island Excursion was hosted by Tom Nook. Fishing Tourney: Fun Bunny Day Land was hosted by Zipper T. Bunny.

Event name Set Event fish Dates
Fishing Tourney #1 Underwater World Set Clown Fish PC Icon.png
Clown Fish
Surgeonfish PC Icon.png
Surgeonfish
Barred Knifejaw PC Icon.png
Barred Knifejaw
Nia.png
None
March 15th - 20th, 2018
Fishing Tourney #2 Underwater World Set Puffer Fish PC Icon.png
Puffer Fish
Sea Butterfly PC Icon.png
Sea Butterfly
Zebra Moray PC Icon.png
Zebra Moray
Nia.png
None
May 19th - 24th, 2018
Fishing Tourney #3 Underwater World Set Bluegill PC Icon.png
Bluegill
Angelfish PC Icon.png
Angelfish
Arowana PC Icon.png
Arowana
Nia.png
None
June 29th - July 4th, 2018
Fishing Tourney #4 Underwater World Set Achilles Surgeonfish PC Icon.png
Achilles Surgeonfish
Spotted Knifejaw PC Icon.png
Spotted Knifejaw
Black Clown Fish PC Icon.png
Black Clown Fish
Nia.png
None
July 25th - 30th, 2018
Fishing Tourney #5 Vibrant Set Guppy PC Icon.png
Guppy
Piranha PC Icon.png
Piranha
Golden Koi PC Icon.png
Golden Koi
Nia.png
None
August 14th - 19th, 2018
Fishing Tourney #6 Splatoon 2 Splatoon 2 Set Green Squid PC Icon.png
Green Squid
Pink Squid PC Icon.png
Pink Squid
Purple Octopus PC Icon.png
Purple Octopus
Nia.png
None
September 19th - 26th, 2018
Fishing Tourney: Candied Catches Halloween Set Orange Candy Fish PC Icon.png
Orange Candy Fish
Melon Candy Fish PC Icon.png
Melon Candy Fish
Grape Candy Fish PC Icon.png
Grape Candy Fish
Nia.png
None
October 23rd - 29th, 2018
Fishing Tourney #8 First Anniversary Set Gold Horse Mackerel PC Icon.png
Gold Horse Mackerel
Gold Olive Flounder PC Icon.png
Gold Olive Flounder
Gold Football Fish PC Icon.png
Gold Football Fish
Gold Tuna PC Icon.png
Gold Tuna
November 21st - 27th, 2018
Fishing Tourney #9 Snow Festival Set Sweet Shrimp PC Icon.png
Sweet Shrimp
Horsehair Crab PC Icon.png
Horsehair Crab
Lobster PC Icon.png
Lobster
Nia.png
None
December 19th - 26th, 2018
Fishing Tourney #10 Ice Fishing Set Pond Smelt PC Icon.png
Pond Smelt
Dace PC Icon.png
Dace
Salmon PC Icon.png
Salmon
Nia.png
None
January 22nd - 29th, 2019
Fishing Tourney #11 Pink Crystal Crystal Collection (Pink) Set Horseshoe Crab PC Icon.png
Horseshoe Crab
Chambered Nautilus PC Icon.png
Chambered Nautilus
Coelacanth PC Icon.png
Coelacanth
Nia.png
None
February 18th - 25th, 2019
Fishing Tourney #12 Super Mario Super Mario (Part 2) Set Cheep Cheep PC Icon.png
Cheep Cheep
Eep Cheep PC Icon.png
Eep Cheep
Blooper PC Icon.png
Blooper
Cheep Chomp PC Icon.png
Cheep Chomp
March 14th - 21st, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Schoolroom Schoolroom Set Killifish PC Icon.png
Killifish
Goldfish PC Icon.png
Goldfish
Catfish PC Icon.png
Catfish
Pink Koi PC Icon.png
Pink Koi
April 24th - 29th, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Monochromatic Cat Monochromatic Cat Set Atlantic Mackarel PC Icon.png
Atlantic Mackarel
Pacific Saury PC Icon.png
Pacific Saury
Sea Bass PC Icon.png
Sea Bass
Nia.png
None
May 24th - 29th, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Aquarium Electric Aquarium Set Blue Moon Jellyfish PC Icon.png
Blue Moon Jellyfish
Green Moon Jellyfish PC Icon.png
Green Moon Jellyfish
Yellow Moon Jellyfish PC Icon.png
Yellow Moon Jellyfish
Nia.png
None
Junee 19th - 24th, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Poolside Poolside Set Saw Shark PC Icon.png
Saw Shark
Hammerhead Shark PC Icon.png
Hammerhead Shark
Shark PC Icon.png
Shark
Nia.png
None
July 23th - 29th, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Fireworks Fireworks Set Goldfish PC Icon.png
Goldfish
Pop-Eyed Goldfish PC Icon.png
Pop-Eyed Goldfish
Eel PC Icon.png
Eel
Nia.png
None
August 13th - 19th, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Dance Sidewalk Showstopper Set Black Clown Fish PC Icon.png
Black Clown Fish
Black Horsehair Crab PC Icon.png
Black Horsehair Crab
Giant Isopod PC Icon.png
Giant Isopod
Nia.png
None
September 11th - 17th, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Pumpkins Personal Pumpkins Set Orange Bonefish PC Icon.png
Orange Bonefish
Green Bonefish PC Icon.png
Green Bonefish
Purple Bonefish PC Icon.png
Purple Bonefish
Nia.png
None
October 10th - 17th, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Blue Jazz Blue Jazz Set Platinum Pale Chub PC Icon.png
Platinum Pale Chub
Platinum Black Bass PC Icon.png
Platinum Black Bass
Platinum Catfish PC Icon.png
Platinum Catfish
Platinum Gar PC Icon.png
Platinum Gar
November 13th - 19th, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Starry Suite Starry Lights Set White Starfish PC Icon.png
White Starfish
Yellow Starfish PC Icon.png
Yellow Starfish
Blue Starfish PC Icon.png
Blue Starfish
Nia.png
None
December 12th - 18th, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Knitted Knitted (Event) Set Green Discus PC Icon.png
Green Discus
Orange Discus PC Icon.png
Orange Discus
Ivory Arowana PC Icon.png
Ivory Arowana
Nia.png
None
January 14th - 19th, 2020
Fishing Tourney: Honeycomb Home Honeycomb Home Set Honey Eel PC Icon.png
Honey Eel
Honey Sea Horse PC Icon.png
Honey Sea Horse
Honey Sea Slug PC Icon.png
Honey Sea Slug
Nia.png
None
February 12th - 17th, 2020
Fishing Tourney: Island Excursion Island Excursion Invite Set Island Horse Mackerel PC Icon.png
Island Horse Mackerel
Island Red Snapper PC Icon.png
Island Red Snapper
Island Olive Flounder PC Icon.png
Island Olive Flounder
Island Tuna PC Icon.png
Island Tuna
March 12th - 19th, 2020
Fishing Tourney: Fun Bunny Day Land Bunny Day Bash Set Yellow Eggler Fish PC Icon.png
Yellow Eggler Fish
Aqua Eggler Fish PC Icon.png
Aqua Eggler Fish
Pink Eggler Fish PC Icon.png
Pink Eggler Fish
Nia.png
None
April 12th - 19th, 2020
Fishing Tourney: Terrarium Fishing Tourney (Terrarium) Set Crystal Red Shrimp PC Icon.png
Crystal Red Shrimp
Gourami PC Icon.png
Gourami
Betta PC Icon.png
Betta
Nia.png
None
May 13th - 20th, 2020
Fishing Tourney: Wedding Joyful Ceremony Set White Tuxedo Guppy PC Icon.png
White Tuxedo Guppy
White Angelfish PC Icon.png
White Angelfish
White Butterfly Koi PC Icon.png
White Butterfly Koi
Nia.png
None
June 13th - 20th, 2020

Recurrence[edit]

Game Recurrence This year Next year
2020 2021
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 7, Jun 14
Jun 21, Jun 28

Nov 1, Nov 8
Nov 15, Nov 22

Jun 6, Jun 13
Jun 20, Jun 27

Nov 7, Nov 14
Nov 21, Nov 28

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


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese 釣り大会
Tsuri taikai
Fishing competition

Korean 낚시대회
nakksidaehoe
Fishing competition

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

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

Dutch Vistoernooi Fishing tourney

German Angelturnier Fishing tourney

European Spanish Torneo de Pesca Fishing Tourney

European French Tournoi de pêche Fishing tourney

Italian Torneo di pesca Fishing tourney

Notes[edit]

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