Fishing rod

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Official artwork of a Player fishing in Animal Crossing

A Fishing Rod is a tool used to catch fish, which can be found in the ocean, ponds, and the river running through town. Catching and donating fish is required to complete the Museum's collection. All fish that are caught with a fishing rod are recorded in the player's encyclopedia.

Usage[edit]

A fishing rod is the only tool that can be used for fishing. Fish can be found as dark fish-shaped silhouettes seen swimming underneath the surface of water and vary in availability between the river, waterfalls, ponds and the ocean. Fishing rods can only be used near water; pressing the A Button will cast a line into the water. When a fish spots a nearby lure, they will approach it and gently nibble at it. When the fish bites the line they will create a splash, and the line must quickly be reeled in by pressing the A Button before the fish swims away and disappears. Fish can be scared away by reeling in the line too soon, running, knocking balls or snowballs into the water, or using other tools near the fish. A fish can nibble the line a maximum of four times before biting on the fifth, though many fish will bit sooner.

More advanced versions of the fishing rod that have unique effects can be obtained. The Silver Rod and Golden Rod have increasingly attractive lures and increase the time in which the line can be reeled in.

Obtaining[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Info
Fishing Rod FishingRodInventoryACGC.png 500 Bells 125 Bells Tom Nook Standard fishing rod
Golden Rod Golden Rod PG Icon.png Not for Sale 125 Bells Received from Tortimer after collecting every fish in the game Improved lure

In Wild World[edit]

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Info
Fishing Rod Fishing Rod.gif 500 Bells 125 Bells Tom Nook Standard fishing rod
Golden Rod Golden Fishing Rod.gif Not for Sale 125 Bells Received from Tortimer after collecting every fish in the game Improved lure

In City Folk[edit]

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Info
Fishing Rod Fishingpole.png 500 Bells 125 Bells Tom Nook Standard fishing rod
Silver Rod Fishingpole silver.png 500 Bells 125 Bells Tom Nook Improved lure
Easier catches
Golden Rod Fishingpole gold.png Not for Sale 125 Bells Received from Tortimer after collecting every fish in the game Improved lure
Significantly easier catches

In New Leaf[edit]

Item Image Buy Price Sell Price Available From Info
Fishing Rod Acnl-fishingrod.png 500 Bells 125 Bells Timmy and Tommy
May also be offered for sale from Isabelle at the beginning of the game
Standard fishing rod
Silver Rod Acnl-silverrod.png 500 Bells 125 Bells Museum Shop
Available for sale after donating 30 fish and deep sea creatures to the Museum
Improved lure
Easier catches
Golden Rod Acnl-goldenrod.png Not for Sale 125 Bells Received from Chip during the Fishing Tourney after collecting every fish in the game Improved lure
Significantly easier catches

Other Appearances[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

The Fishing Rod appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as Isabelle's side special move, acting as a high range command grab to pull far way enemies towards you. It can also be used to help her recover, being used as a tether recovery.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Canne à pêche Fishing rod