Animal Crossing: New Horizons Stringfish Shadow: How to Spot

Examining the shadows to determine whether this fish is trash or not
Examining the shadows to determine whether this fish is trash or not / Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons stringfish shadow is important to know if you're looking to catch the fish before the end of March.

The stringfish will be migrating out of northern hemisphere waters come the end of March. Therefore, those who are still missing this fish should be searching for every opportunity to find it. One of the best ways to locate this fish is by examining the size of shadows on the water and matching them with the size the fish you're trying to catch should be.

Here's everything you need to know about the stringfish shadow in Nintendo's Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Stringfish Shadow

Stringfish are particularly large fish in New Horizons. They can grow up to 63 in. or just around 5 ft. Therefore, it's unsurprising that their shadow size is "huge."

It's important to remember that these fish can only be caught at high elevations.

Every fish that spawns, whether that's in the river, pond, or ocean, will have a shadow. These shadows appear on the surface of the water and indicate what size fish lies beneath. This is the only way to tell certain catches apart unless they're larger than average or have some unique trait—e.g. a fin for sharks.

The shadow will move along the river until it takes notice of your lure or de-spawns when the player leaves the frame. Players can also "chase away" these shadows by running near the edges of the water.