All the fish and bugs appearing in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in April, and how to catch them

By Alex Nelson
Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 1:04 pm
Updated Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 1:06 pm

As Animal Crossing's placid island life plays out in real time, in game events and content change to reflect each season.

That means that new months bring with them new fish to catch, and new bugs to ensnare in your trusty net.

As April dawns on us, some critters are sticking around from last month, while others will be making their first appearances in the game.

Either way, we've listed every creature you can expect to find populating your island in April, as well as tips on how to catch them, and how much you'll be able to get for them if you choose to sell them at Nook's Cranny.

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    Of course, it's always worth donating any new species you find to Blathers at the museum!

    Fish

    Pale chub

    Sale price: 200

    Time: Afternoon

    Location: River

    Crucian carp

    Sale price: 160

    Time: All day

    Location: River

    Dace

    Sale price: 240

    Time: Morning, Evening, Night

    Location: River

    Carp

    Sale price: 300

    Time: All day

    Lcocation: Pond

    Koi

    Sale price: 4000

    Time: Morning, Evening, Night

    Location: Pond

    Goldfish

    Sale price: 1300

    Time: All day

    Location: Pond

    Pop-eyed goldfish

    Sale price:1300

    Time: Afternoon

    Location: Pond

    Ranchu goldfish

    Sale price: 4500

    Time: 9am - 4pm

    Location: Pond

    Killifish

    Sale price: 300

    Time: All day

    Location: Pond

    Crawfish

    Sale price: 200

    Time: All day

    Location: Pond

    Snapping turtle

    Sale price: 5000

    Time: Night

    Location: River

    Tadpole

    Sale price: 100

    Time: All day

    Location: Pond

    Freshwater goby

    Sale price: 400

    Time: Morning, Evening, Night

    Location: River

    Loach

    Sale price: 400

    Time: All day

    Location: River

    Bluegill

    Sale price: 180

    Time: Afternoon

    Location: River

    Black bass

    Sale price: 400

    Time: All day

    Location: River

    Cherry salmon

    Sale price: 1000

    Time: 4pm ~ 9am

    Location: River (Clifftop)

    Char

    Sale price: 3800

    Time: 4pm ~ 9am

    Location: River (Clifftop)

    Golden trout

    Sale price: 15000

    Time: 4pm ~ 9am

    Location: River (Clifftop)

    Guppy

    Sale price: 1300

    Time: 9am ~ 4pm

    Location: River

    Nibble fish

    Sale price: 1500

    Time: 9am ~ 4pm

    Location: River

    Neon tetra

    Sale price: 500

    Time: 9am ~ 4pm

    Location: River

    Sea horse

    Sale price: 1100

    Time: All day

    Location: Sea

    Clown fish

    Sale price: 650

    Time: All day

    Location: Sea

    Surgeonfish

    Sale price: 1000

    Time: All day

    Location: Sea

    Butterfly fish

    Sale price: 1000

    Time: All day

    Location: Sea

    Zebra turkeyfish

    Sale price: 500

    Time: All day

    Location: Sea

    Anchovy

    Sale price: 200

    Time: Morning, Afternoon, Evening

    Location: Sea

    Horse mackerel

    Sale price: 150

    Time: All day

    Location: Sea

    Barred knifejaw

    Sale price: 5000

    Time: All day

    Location: Sea

    Sea bass

    Sale price: 400

    Time: All day

    Location: Sea

    Red Snapper

    Sale price: 3000

    Time: All day

    Location: Sea

    Dab

    Sale price: 300

    Time: All day

    Location: Sea

    Olive flounder

    Sale price: 800

    Time: All day

    Location: Sea

    Squid

    Sale price: 500

    Time: All day

    Location: Sea

    Tuna

    Sale price: 7000

    Time: All day

    Location: Pier

    Blue marlin

    Sale price: 10000

    Time: All day

    Location: Pier

    Oarfish

    Sale price: 9000

    Time: All day

    Location: Sea

    Barreleye

    Sale price: 15000

    Time: 9pm ~ 4am

    Location: Sea

    Coelacanth

    Sale price: 15000

    Time: All day

    Location: Sea

    Fishing tips

    Before you head out on a fishing trip, you'll of course want to craft yourself a net for the job.

    It's also recommended that you craft some fishing bait - although you can still catch fish without it. To do this, wander along the beach until you see a small shadow spouting water.

    Dig in this spot with a shovel to unearth a manilla clam, which you can use to craft one batch of fish bait.

    Sprinkling the bait in a body of water will force a fish to spawn at that spot, and can attract the rarer fish to you.

    Whether you're using bait or not, look out for dark, fish-shaped shadows in the water, and try to cast your line so the float lands just in front of it.

    Once a fish is interested, it will likely have a few nibbles before going in for a full bite; it's then when you'll want to press the A button to reel them in.

    Sometimes, a fish can bite first time, so it's worth keeping your thumb on A so you can react quickly.

    Bugs

    Common butterfly

    Sale price: 160

    Time: 4am ~ 7pm

    Yellow butterfly

    Sale price: 160

    Time: 4am ~ 7pm

    Tiger butterfly

    Sale price: 240

    Time: 4am ~ 7pm

    Peacock butterfly

    Sale price: 2500

    Time: 4am ~ 7pm

    Common bluebottle

    Sale price: 300

    Time: 4am ~ 7pm

    Paper kite butterfly

    Sale price: 1000

    Time: 8am ~ 7pm

    Agrias butterfly

    Sale price: 3000

    Time: 8am ~ 5pm

    Rajah brooke's birdwing

    Sale price: 2500

    Time: 8am ~ 5pm

    Moth

    Sale price: 130

    Time: 7pm ~ 4am

    Location: Near Lights

    Atlas moth

    Sale price: 3000

    Time: 7pm ~ 4am

    Madagascan sunset moth

    Sale price: 2500

    Time: 8am ~ 4pm

    Long locust

    Sale price: 200

    Time: 8am ~ 7pm

    Rice grasshopper

    Sale price: 400

    Time: 8am ~ 7pm

    Mantis

    Sale price: 430

    Time: 8am ~ 5pm

    Orchid mantis

    Sale price: 2400

    Time: 8am ~ 5pm

    Honeybee

    Sale price: 200

    Time: 8am ~ 5pm

    Wasp

    Sale price: 2500

    Time: All day

    Location: Wasp Nest (Tree)

    Darner dragonfly

    Sale price: 230

    Time: 8am ~ 5pm

    Mole cricket

    Sale price: 500

    Time: All day

    Giant water bug

    Sale price: 2000

    Time: 7pm ~ 8am

    Location: Water's Surface

    Stinkbug

    Sale price: 120

    Time: All day

    Man-faced stink bug

    Sale price: 1000

    Time: 7pm ~ 8am

    Ladybug

    Sale price: 200

    Time: 8am ~ 5pm

    Tiger beetle

    Sale price: 1500

    Time: All day

    Jewel beetle

    Sale price: 2400

    Time: All day

    Citrus long-horned beetle

    Sale price: 350

    Time: All day

    Bagworm

    Sale price: 600

    Time: All day

    Ant

    Sale price: 80

    Time: All day

    Hermit crab

    Sale price: 1000

    Time: 7pm ~ 8am

    Wharf roach

    Sale price: 200

    Time: All day

    Fly

    Sale price: 60

    Time: All day

    Flea

    Sale price: 70

    Time: All day

    Location: Villagers parasitized

    Snail

    Sale price: 250

    Time: All day

    Location: On the Stone

    Pill bug

    Sale price: 250

    Time: 11pm ~ 4pm

    Centipede

    Sale price: 300

    Time: 4pm ~ 11am

    Spider

    Sale price: 600

    Time: 7pm ~ 8am

    Tarantula

    Sale price: 8000

    Time: 7pm ~ 4am

    Tips for catching bugs

    To catch a bug, you'll need a net, so craft one at a workbench if you haven't already.

    Most bugs can be caught simply with a well-time swing of the net, but others will get spooked and fly off if you startle them.

    To combat this, you'll need to hold the A button while your net is equipped - this will let you sneak up on any unsuspecting bugs.

    Release A at just the right time to swing the net and capture bugs.