Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Catch Suckerfish

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. Fishing the various types of fish can be a good way to add to your Critterpedia and make some Bells. To help you find one of type of fish use our how to catch Suckerfish guide below.

Suckerfish Critterpedia Information

Image showing the Suckerfish Critterpedia information.

The Suckerfish is a fish you can catch in Animal Crossing New Horizons. This fish randomly spawns as a shark shadow and is required only after it has been caught. Here is Critterpedia information to help you catch the Suckerfish:

  • Northern Hemisphere Spawn: June – September.
  • Southern Hemisphere Spawn: December – March.
  • Catchable Hours: All Day.
  • Shadow Size: Finned.
  • Location: Sea.
  • Price: 1,500 Bells.

So we know that the Suckerfish 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 fake-out boys. Before heading out to fish for this fish you will want to stock up on plenty of Fish Bait.

How to Catch the Suckerfish

Image showing the Suckerfish shadow.

Note: The Suckerfish is a fake-out fish caught from finned shadows. While you think it is a shark it is actually a Suckerfish, making you the sucker.

The location to catch the Suckerfish 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 shadows with fins. The Suckerfish disguises iteslf as a shark so you want to fish any finned shadows you see. If these shadows 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. There is also a rare mystery island spawn that is high on shark spawns you can attempt to visit as well.

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

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