Animal Crossing New Horizons Fishing Tourney Tips

The fishing tourney is one of the most popular features of the old Animal Crossing Nintendo Gamecube game that has continued into New Horizons on the Switch.

It is on every Saturday until 6pm. To enter you need to speak to CJ in the Plaza. He’ll explain the rules – catch as many fish as you can catch in three minutes.

Any fish you catch will be automatically transferred to the cooler box next to him, which you can then sell back to him at a premium at the end or take back for yourself.

For every fish you catch you’ll earn points that you can swap for swag – Fishing Tourney rewards. It’s 10 points per prize, as far as we can tell.

Points system

1 fish – 1 point
2 fish – 2 points
3 fish – 5 points
4 fish – 6 points
5 fish – 7 points
6 fish – 8 points
7 fish – 9 points
8 fish – 10 points
9 fish – 11 points
10 fish – 12 points

Your first entry into the Fishing Tourney will be free but after that it’ll cost you 500 Bells a go.

Full list of rewards

  • Anchor statue
  • Bronze Fish Trophy (100 points total)
  • Fish Doorplate
  • Fish-drying Rack
  • Fish Ponchette
  • Fish Print
  • Fish Print Tee
  • Fish Rug
  • Fish Umbrella
  • Fish Wand
  • Fishing-rod Sand
  • Fresh Cooler
  • Gold Fish Trophy (300 points total)
  • Marine Pop Wallpaper
  • Marine Pop Floor
  • Silver Fish Trophy (200 points total)
  • Tackle Bag


  • Decide on a route in advance
  • Don’t run – it scares away the fish
  • Use bait to improve your chances
  • Carry a spare rod to avoid a mid-tourney break