Fishing Tourney

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Fishing Tourney
Occurs Different in each game
Special characters Chip (Animal Crossing, Doubutsu no Mori e+, City Folk, New Leaf, Pocket Camp)
Tortimer (Wild World)
C.J. (New Horizons)
Appearances Animal Crossing,
Doubutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf,
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp,
Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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.

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.


  • 1st Sunday of June
  • 2nd Sunday of June
  • 3rd Sunday of June
  • 4th Sunday of June
  • 1st Sunday of November
  • 2nd Sunday of November
  • 3rd Sunday of November
  • 4th Sunday of November

Wild World[edit]

Although the tournament starts at 12 P.M., players can use any previously caught fish in it. Players can take the fish to Tortimer who is 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.



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.


(Dab, Horse Mackerel, Pond Smelt)
(Crucian Carp, Loach, Sea Bass)
  • 2nd Saturday of April
  • 3rd Saturday of May
(Black Bass, Red Snapper, Sea Bass)
(Black Bass, Carp, Horse Mackerel)

New Leaf[edit]

In 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 Tournament Type
3rd Saturday of January One Type of Fish
(Horse Mackerel, Pond Smelt, or Sea Bass)
2nd Saturday of February Any Type of Fish
3rd Saturday of March One Type of Fish
(Crucian Carp, Horse Mackerel, or Loach)
2nd Saturday of April Any Type of Fish
3rd Saturday of May One Type of Fish
(Carp, Black Bass, or Sea Bass)
2nd Saturday of October Any Type of Fish
3rd Saturday of November One Type of Fish
(Carp, Crucian Carp, or Black Bass)
2nd Saturday of December Any Type of 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.

One Type of Fish Tournament[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 - LargeFurniture.png Table No
Jellyfish Lamp Jellyfish Lamp HHD Icon.png - 625 Chip Aqua (x2) Toy Shop/Cute - SmallFurniture.png Light, wall furniture No
Octopus Chair Octopus Chair HHD Icon.png - 600 Chip Red (x2) Toy Shop/Cute - SmallFurniture.png Chair No
Puffer-Fish TV Puffer-Fish TV HHD Icon.png - 600 Chip Orange / White Toy Shop/Cute - SmallFurniture.png TV No
Red-Snapper Chair Red-Snapper Chair HHD Icon.png - 600 Chip Red (x2) Toy Shop/Cute - MediumFurniture.png Chair No
Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Color HHA Theme Style Available From
Marine Pop Wall SpringLeaf.png - 410 - - - Chip

Any Type of Fish Tournament[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 - SmallFurniture.png Clock No
Dab Table Dab Table HHD Icon.png - 600 Chip Brown (x2) Toy Shop/Cute - LargeFurniture.png Table No
Football-Fish Lamp Football-Fish Lamp HHD Icon.png - 600 Chip Blue (x2) Toy Shop/Cute - SmallFurniture.png Light No
Sea-Anemone Bed Sea-Anemone Bed HHD Icon.png - 600 Chip Red (x2) Toy Shop/Cute - MediumFurniture.png Bed No
Squid Chair Squid Chair HHD Icon.png - 600 Chip White (x2) Toy Shop/Cute - SmallFurniture.png Chair No
Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Color HHA Theme Style Available From
Marine Pop Floor SpringLeaf.png - 410 - - - Chip

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 be mailed.

amiibo Festival[edit]

During the Fishing Tourney, 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.

New Horizons[edit]

In 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.


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 over the course of the day, 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.

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 Rewards in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Color(s) HHA Theme Style Size Info Customize
Anchor Statue Anchor Statue NH Icon.png - 1,400 C.J. - - - SmallFurniture.png - Yes
Fish Doorplate Fish Doorplate NH Icon.png - 90 C.J. - - - SmallFurniture.png Wall furniture Yes
Fish Pochette Fish Pochette NH Icon.png - 210 C.J. - - - - Bag No
Fish Print Fish Print NH Icon.png - 700 C.J. - - - MediumFurniture.png Wall furniture Yes
Fish Rug Fish Rug NH Icon.png - 375 C.J. - - - 3x3 Rug No
Fish Umbrella Fish Umbrella NH Icon.png - 80 C.J. - - - - Umbrella No
Fish Wand Fish Wand NH Icon.png - 1,500 C.J. - - - - Tool No
Fish-Drying Rack Fish-Drying Rack NH Icon.png - 750 C.J. - - - MediumFurniture.png - Yes
Fish-Print Tee Fish-Print Tee NH Icon.png - 160 C.J. - - - - Shirt No
Fishing-Rod Stand Fishing-Rod Stand NH Icon.png - 300 C.J. - - - SmallFurniture.png - Yes
Fresh Cooler Fresh Cooler NH Icon.png - 450 C.J. - - - MediumFurniture.png - No
Marine Pop Wall Marine Pop Wall NH Icon.png - 805 C.J. - - - - Wallpaper No
Tackle Bag Tackle Bag NH Icon.png - 175 C.J. - - - - Bag No



Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp[edit]

In this game, 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
Barred Knifejaw PC Icon.png
Barred Knifejaw
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
May 19th - 24th, 2018
Fishing Tourney #3 Underwater World Set Bluegill PC Icon.png
Angelfish PC Icon.png
Arowana PC Icon.png
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
July 25th - 30th, 2018
Fishing Tourney #5 Vibrant Set Guppy PC Icon.png
Piranha PC Icon.png
Golden Koi PC Icon.png
Golden Koi
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
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
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
December 19th - 26th, 2018
Fishing Tourney #10 Ice Fishing Set Pond Smelt PC Icon.png
Pond Smelt
Dace PC Icon.png
Salmon PC Icon.png
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
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
Cheep Chomp PC Icon.png
Cheep Chomp
March 14th - 21st, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Schoolroom Schoolroom Set Killifish PC Icon.png
Goldfish PC Icon.png
Catfish PC Icon.png
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
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
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
July 23th - 29th, 2019
Fishing Tourney: Fireworks Fireworks Set Goldfish PC Icon.png
Pop-Eyed Goldfish PC Icon.png
Pop-Eyed Goldfish
Eel PC Icon.png
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
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
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
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
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
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
April 12th - 19th, 2020
Fishing Tourney: Terrarium Fishing Tourney (Terrarium) Set Crystal Red Shrimp PC Icon.png
Crystal Red Shrimp
Gourami PC Icon.png
Betta PC Icon.png
May 13th - 20th, 2020

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese 釣り大会
Tsuri taikai
Fishing competition

Korean 낚시대회
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