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Pond Smelt
Pond Smelt NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Hypomesus nipponensis
(Japanese pond smelt)

Family: Osmeridae (smelts)
Months available December to February
Times available All day
Location Lake (Wild World)
River (other games)
Size 20 cm
Shadow size Small
Rarity Very common
Sell price 300 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ワカサギ
Korean 빙어
Italian Pingo
German Stint

Simplified Chinese 西太公鱼
French Éperlan
Spanish Eperlano
Dutch Spiering

Traditional Chinese 西太公魚
Quebec French Éperlan
Latin American Spanish Eperlano
Russian Малая корюшка


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.

Catch details[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

#19

Pond Smelt
"I caught a pond smelt! Whew! And I thought the POND smelt bad!"

Times December - February: All Day
Location River
Shadow Size Tiny
Rarity -
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Wild World[edit]

#21

Pond Smelt
"I caught a pond smelt! What does the pond smell like?"

Description They made ice fishing famous!
Times December - February: All Day
Peak Times -
Location River
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 15 cm
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In City Folk[edit]

#22

Pond Smelt
"I caught a pond smelt! Whew! This guy's ripe!"

Description Known as ice-fishing targets, these can survive in freshwater and salt water.
Times December - February: All Day
Peak Times
Location River
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size About 6 inches (15 cm)
Rarity
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Leaf[edit]

#24

Pond Smelt
"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
Rarity
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]

#82

Pond Smelt

Event Availability Fishing Tourney #10
Location Lost Lure Creek
Shadow Size Small
Fish Size 12.5 cm - 17.5 cm
Rarity
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 100 Bells, 2 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points

In New Horizons[edit]

#25

Pond Smelt
"I caught a pond smelt! Whoever smelt it dealt it!"

Time of Year North: Dec – Feb
South: Jun – Aug
Time of Day All day
Location River
Shadow Size Small
Rarity
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 400 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 600 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

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!"

Gallery[edit]

Real-world 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]

European Spanish Eperlano Smelt