The Fishing Tourney in Animal Crossing: New Leaf (or Fishing Tournament)

4 years ago 16 Comments


Yesterday was the last Fishing Tourney in Animal Crossing: New Leaf until later this year in October, so we’re taking a look at the tournament today. Keep reading for all of the details on how the Fishing Tourney works in New Leaf:

The Fishing Tourney (or Fishing Tournament) in Animal Crossing: New Leaf occurs on either the second or third (alternating) Saturday of October, November, December, January, February, March, April, and May.

To participate in the tournament, head over to the Town Tree from 9AM to 6PM and speak to Chip. The exact requirements for the tournament depend on the month and an element of randomness. Refer to the list below for details:

Second Saturday of October: Largest submission of any fish
Third Saturday of November: Largest submission of Crucian Carp, Carp, or Black Bass
Second Saturday of December: Largest submission of any fish
Third Saturday of January: Largest submission of Pond Smelt, Horse Mackerel, or Sea Bass
Second Saturday of February: Largest submission of any fish
Third Saturday of March: Largest submission of Crucian Carp, Loach, or Horse Mackerel
Second Saturday of April: Largest submission of any fish
Third Saturday of May: Largest submission of Carp, Black Bass, or Sea Bass

Please Note: When the month states three possible fish, it means that Chip will ask for one of those fish at random for the day, not all of them.


Once you’ve spoken to Chip to learn the requirement for the day, head out across your town in search of the largest fish you can catch! When you think you’ve caught a good fish, run back over to the Town Tree and speak with Chip.

If your fish beats the current record set in your village for the day, Chip will give you a small prize. The prize can be an item from the Fish Series, or a completely random item.

The Fish Series contains the following items:

Squid Chair
Sea Coral Bed
Dab Table
Football Fish Lamp
Unknown Crab Clock
Jellyfish Lamp
Red Snapper Sofa
Octopus Chair
Puffer Fish TV
Olive Flounder Table
Fish Wall
Fish Floor


When the Fishing Tourney ends at 6PM, you’ll want to enter the event tent nearby before 9PM to watch the closing award ceremony. If you kept up your record, you might just win a first place trophy for your effort! Of course, second and third place trophies are available as well if you weren’t so lucky.


Well, that just about wraps up our article on the Fishing Tourney in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I really like the addition of the closing award ceremony, it’s a lot more personal than just receiving the trophy in the mail! What do you guys think? Leave a comment below!

(Credit to Sosostris, JVGS, Nobuzou for the images!)

  • Kaiaa

    I like how it has more of a tournament feel, the items are really nice too!

  • Víctor Arribas Martinez

    This is awesome¡¡¡¡

  • Puck

    Well thank you so much for making me wish that I couldget the game TODAY. I wish it would just come out already!

  • Colon Nives

    furnitures and trophies? is a win for me.

  • disqus_sRVF1ohf9m



    That is some of the coolest furniture I’ve seen in any animal crossing game! I can’t wait to get it!

  • Sandra

    Another opportunity for cute furniture items, celebrations, and competition. You just can’t ignore any holidays with this game, and can’t pick a boring one either!!

  • Noooo! I wanted to have that series in my house. Guess I’ll have to put something in its place until October. I love the coral bed.

  • Sydjazz

    Am i the only one wondering where these english versions are coming from? Why can’t we have it now?

    • Littlebigmusic

      They are from people who got the game early for reviewing purposes. Animal Crossing New Leaf is a pretty long game and it takes weeks to begin to unlock all the fun, so Nintendo wanted to make sure reviewers got a good grasp of the game so they can give it a fair reviews.

  • dragonicasch

    The whole tournament things cool, Would be nice to have the trophies though. not to keen on the furniture~

  • ACNLgirl711

    Holy cow….i just now got it…. Fish and Chips……Fish and Chip!!! XD

  • Can wait to win some fishing tournaments

  • Shona Kimberley Marie Gallini

    got the fishing tourney today, genji set the record at 6.45inches with a pond smelt, ive gone back there with a pond smelt measuring 6.50inches and he says its not beaten the record of stated previously, anyone help?

  • Becca

    Damn, I missed the awards ceremony by 5 minutes.

  • Bigdong29

    Keep getting fucking duplicates Ffs