How to Catch a Shark in Animal Crossing

How to find and catch a shark in Animal Crossing New Horizons.
How to find and catch a shark in Animal Crossing New Horizons. / Photo by Nintendo

How to catch a shark in Animal Crossing is fairly straightforward. Sharks are caught like any other fish in the game, except you'll notice the distinct fin poking out of the water.

How to Catch a Shark in Animal Crossing

Sharks cast huge shadows, even larger than the common Sea Bass. The most distinctive feature of the shark is the dorsal fin, which you'll always see poking out of the water.

If you see one, cast your line out and reel it in like any other fish. Sharks seem to have a shorter window to reel in, so your reaction time must be sharp. If you nail one, your controller will vibrate as if it's taking off into orbit and you'll pluck the giant out of the water.

Sharks are only found in the ocean, and only during the summer. In the northern hemisphere, that means June to September. In the south, the months are December to March.

Most of the time you'll find a shark, but occasionally you'll get an Ocean Sunfish. All of the sharks fetch a high price when sold, though we recommend donating any first catches to the museum.