Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Catch a Mahi-Mahi

Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Catch a Mahi-Mahi

Mahi-Mahi are one of the more impressive fish in Animal Crossing New Horizons, but we can show you where to catch them.

If you want to catch all the fish in Animal Crossing New Horizons, then you'll have to catch the Mahi-Mahi, a huge multicolored fish. We'll show you here how to catch a Mahi-Mahi and how many bells you can make off them.

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How to Catch a Mahi-Mahi in Animal Crossing New Horizons

To catch a Mahi-Mahi in Animal Crossing New Horizons, equip a fishing rod and as much fish bait as you can get ahold of, then go fishing with all this in mind:

  • You can catch Mahi-Mahi in the months of May to October (in the Northern Hemisphere) or November to April (in the Southern Hemisphere)
  • Mahi-Mahi aren't limited to a specific time of day, so they can be caught at any time within the bracket mentioned above.
  • They can only be caught off the pier on your island, not in rivers, ponds or from the beach.
  • Mahi-Mahi are incredibly rare, even when following the parameters above. Don't expect to find one for a long time, and if you're hunting for them specifically, bring at least 20 packets of fish bait for any kind of real chance. If you come across a strange seagull while exploring the beach, we've explained what to do here.
Stock up on Fish Bait for the best chance at a Mahi-Mahi. | Joel Franey/USgamer, Nintendo

Mahi-Mahi Shadow Size

Mahi-Mahi have large shadows, one of the biggest in the game. Don't bother trying to catch anything less than huge, as they're not going to be this six-foot fish.

How Much Do Mahi-Mahi Sell For?

As befits their rarity, Mahi-Mahi are pretty valuable, and will sell for 6000 bells to Nook's Cranny, or even 9000 bells to CJ. Problem is that their rarity makes them impossible to farm; you'd be unlikely to catch more than one in a single day without putting in hours of work. Of you want to catch something easier that's still valuable, we recommend the simple Betta fish, which you can find out how to catch here.

While waiting for the fish to bite, why not peruse some of our Animal Crossing content? See Hirun's story on how Animal Crossing is coming to desktop browsers here, or how the Tiger King is inspiring strange new designs for people's islands.

Joel Franey

Guides Writer

Joel loves books, games, comics and drinks that make a person feel like they just got kicked in the head by a mule. He has a Masters in writing from Sussex, which he somehow got by writing about Superman. He is absolutely NOT three children in a long coat, so please stop asking.

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