ACNH Stringfish Appearance Time - How to Catch

Stringfish is one of the rarest fish in Animal Crossing New Horizons. It appears only in one location, during a third of the year, and only at certain times of day. Catching it will be one of the major tests of your fishermanship, and a big obstacle on the way to completing your Critterpedia fish section. If you’re having trouble finding the elusive creature, this guide will show you how to catch stringfish in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

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How to catch stringfish in Animal Crossing New Horizons

How to catch stringfish?

The stringfish is one of those rare fish which will undoubtedly give you trouble. The info in the Critterpedia entry states it can only be found in clifftop rivers, it appears between December and March, and only between 4PM and 9AM. You can see why that’s a problem. Since March is almost over, all of you who aren’t into time travel will have to either catch it really soon or wait until December for your next chance.

There’s no special secret to catching a stringfish. You’ll need to have the vaulting pole and a ladder, or the ability to build inclines. Find a suitable river on a clifftop and look for a large silhouette. If there isn’t one, you can run around and scare away the smaller fish in the hopes your prey will appear. When it does appear, throw the line and wait for it to bite. If it’s a stringfish, the controller will vibrate harder than usually.

If not, you’ll just have to keep waiting. You can use the fish bait (which can be made from manila clams) to attract new fish – whenever you use one, a fish will immediately appear. There’s no guarantee it’ll be the fish you’re looking for, but it might shorten the wait.

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