Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fishing Tourney Guide

Another Fishing Tourney is just around the corner in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The fish-catching event returns this Saturday, July 11, giving you another chance to score some exclusive fish-themed items, furnishings, and even special trophies to proudly display around your island.

The Fishing Tourney is a time-honored tradition in Animal Crossing, dating back to the series’ very first installment, but the event operates a little differently in New Horizons than in previous games. To help you prepare, we’ve broken down everything you need to know about the Fishing Tourney and how to participate in it below.

How Does The Fishing Tourney Work?

The Fishing Tourney is a recurring event in Animal Crossing: New Horizons that takes place periodically throughout the year. The event is always held on a Saturday, from 9 AM to 6 PM your time, and it’s hosted by seasports fanatic C.J., who occasionally visits your island and purchases fish at a higher price than you’d get for them at Nook’s Cranny.

Throughout the Fishing Tourney, C.J. will be stationed next to a tent in your town’s main plaza. To enter the competition, simply speak to him; after paying a small fee of 500 Bells, C.J. will give you three minutes to catch as many fish as you can. Once the time elapses, return to C.J. and you’ll be awarded points based on how many fish you were able to catch, which you can then redeem for special Fishing Tourney items. You can enter the Fishing Tourney as many times as you’d like until 6 PM your time.

What Do You Get For Doing The Fishing Tourney?

As previously mentioned, C.J. will award you points based on how many fish you’re able to catch during a round. Each fish you reel in is worth one point, and you’ll receive bonus points if you can land three or more of them.

The fish you catch will be automatically transported to C.J.’s cooler, so you don’t need to worry about emptying your pockets before entering the tournament. You can also sell all the fish you’ve caught after a round to C.J. for the same increased rate that he usually pays. Even after the event ends, C.J. will hang around your town plaza for a little longer to purchase any fish you may wish to sell, making this a good chance to earn some extra Bells.

Pool enough points during the Fishing Tourney and you’ll be able to redeem them for special items. C.J. will give you a fish-themed piece of furniture or clothing for every 10 points you accumulate. You can’t choose which item to spend your points on, as they’ll be given out at random, but you’ll get one of each before C.J. starts giving you duplicates. You can see the full list of prizes below.

Fishing Tourney Prizes

  • Anchor statue
  • Fish door plate
  • Fish-drying rack
  • Fish pochette
  • Fish-print tee
  • Fishing rod stand
  • Fish rug
  • Fish umbrella
  • Fish wand
  • Fresh cooler
  • Marine pop wall
  • Tackle bag
  • Bronze Fish Trophy (mailed to your house after amassing 100 points)
  • Silver Fish Trophy (mailed to your house after amassing 200 points)
  • Gold Fish Trophy (mailed to your house after amassing 300 points)

K.K. Slider’s Rescheduled Concert

Since the Fishing Tourney is scheduled for this Saturday, K.K. Slider won’t hold his regular weekly concert that day, but you’ll still have a chance to catch him live. Previously, the wandering musician would stop by your island on Friday during weeks that an event is taking place Saturday, but it appears he’ll now show up on Sunday as of the game’s 1.3.0 update. That means the next time you’ll catch him is July 12, so don’t miss your chance to take home another K.K. song then.

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