Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Catch Oarfish

In Animal Crossing New Horizons there are a number of activities for players to complete on their islands. One activity players can undertake is fishing. There are a great number of fish for players to catch in Animal Crossing New Horizons with some being more rare than others. Rare fish are spawns that rarely appear while players are fishing. These rare fish sell for high number of bells and must be caught to complete your Critterpedia. To help you find one of the rare fish use our how to catch Oarfish guide below.

Oarfish Critterpedia Information

Image showing the Oarfish Critterpedia information.

The rare Oarfish is a fish you can catch in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Like other rare fish getting the Oarfish to spawn is largely up to chance. Here is Critterpedia information to help you catch the Oarfish:

  • Northern Hemisphere Spawn: December – May.
  • Southern Hemisphere Spawn: June – November.
  • Catchable Hours: All Day.
  • Shadow Size: Extra Large.
  • Location: Sea.
  • Price: 9,000 Bells.

So we know that the Oarfish is catchable in the Sea located around both your island and the mystery islands you visit any time during the day. This Sea also includes the Pier as well which is where I caught on of these big boys. Before heading out to fish for this rare fish you will want to stock up on plenty of Fish Bait.

How to Catch the Oarfish

Image showing the Oarfish in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

Note: Rare fish are rare spawns which means some may get it soon while other’s may take a little longer. Don’t give up.

The location to catch the rare Oarfish in Animal Crossing New Horizons is the Sea. The Sea location is any of the water surrounding your island or mystery islands you visit. On the beach look into the Sea for extra large shadows. If they don’t spawn you can scare away the other fishes and use bait to force other fish types to spawn in.

Infinite Fish Bait: If you feel like using a bit of an exploit to preserve your Fish Bait I have one for you. Craft about 5 – 7 Fish Bait and then save and exit your game. Head back into the game and go to the fishing spot. Here you have about 2.5 Minutes to fish before the game autosaves. Before the autosave triggers simply kill the game via the Nintendo Switch homescreen to have essentially infinite Fish Bait. Repeat this process until you’ve caught the fish you desire.

If your island proves to be a bit of a lackluster catching zone you may want to take a trip to a mystery island. Mystery islands have higher fish spawn rates so you are able to cycle through fish in the Sea location much faster.

Focus your time trying to catch the extra large shadows you see appear in the Sea and eventually you will catch the Oarfish. This is one of a few rare fish players can catch in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

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